Review: Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

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Title: Blue Ridge Sunrise
Series: Blue Ridge #1
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: November 7, 2017
ISBN: 978-0718090500
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | CBD

About The Book
Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?

Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.

As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

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My Thoughts
Denise Hunter used to be a hit or miss for me. Either I loved her work, or I didn’t. However, after reading this captivating novel, I feel like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time when reading her work before. This book, this emotionally moving novel, hooked me from start to finish, and the writing was incredible. I am now on a mission to read all her books, now that apparently my head is in the right place to read them and enjoy them (which you will soon see my review of book 3, Honeysuckle Dreams, in the near future as well!).

Now, I will tell you this: this book is not a light read. It is very emotionally moving. The characters within the book do make some very questionable choices. However, it’s all part of the story, all part of what leads to a greater message. The characters need to make those choices for the reader to fully understand what’s going on in the book. With the past that I have had, with a relationship that I had, I could absolutely relate to Zoe. She was beautiful and scarred and I loved that about her. And Cruz. Bless him and his patience and understanding ways. I loved his devotion to those he truly loved.

Mrs. Hunter’s Blue Ridge Sunrise book is not for everyone. It’s for those that need the reminder that not everyone is perfect, but to Him, every is perfectly redeemable and can find hope, love and grace with His guidance and love. This book is definitely worthy of 5 stars and more, in my opinion. She has taken my heart and made me a forever fan. Well done, Mrs. Hunter!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

About The Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 30 books, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride” which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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