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Down By The River

June 2, 2014 - Amy Phelps
A woman takes a chance on a bed and breakfast, surprising her family and maybe putting her on the path to a new relationship in "Down by the River" by Lin Stepp. Grace is visiting the Great Smoky Mountains and the small town of Townsend. Her late husband and she loved looking at bed and breakfasts, and wanting to kill time one day, she sees one for sale and decides to talk to the relator about it. The relator happens to be Jack, and to say their first meeting doesn't go well is an understatement. It ends with Jack getting slapped and Grace about to reconsider her idea of buying the property. But buy it she does, much to the shock of her children, who cannot believe their mother knows anything about running a business, let alone a B&B. But Grace isn't about to let anything stand in her way, including the roguish Jack. Will she ever give him another chance?

While I didn't particularly like Jack, I liked Grace and loved the atmosphere and setting of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a great vacation romance, perfect for a fun afternoon of reading.

"Down by the River" is published by Kensington. It is $15 and 302 pages long.



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