Book Review – Cold River

Cold RiverCold River by Liz Adair

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I wonder where my brain is. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this review that I realized how the title Cold River reflects the subject of the book. I swear I am blonde sometimes.

The jest of the story-line in Cold River is a gutsy gal takes a job as a superintendent of schools in the small town in the upper mid-west of the US. She has never lived in such a small town and so when she ends up renting a house right on the river, the river and its surrounding landscapes are a comfort to her as she acclimates to the small town life. The river also has significance in one of the main plots, but I hate to give away spoilers in the reviews I write, so you will just have to read the book yourself.

This book was a fun read. It took about 100 pages until I formed any kind of attachment whatsoever to the story-line, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book, it took me the same amount of time to love Harry Potter, and we all know how that turned out. I fell in love with the male co-leads, if that’s what we can call them. There are three cousins that are completely different yet equally hunky and mysterious. Once the story got going it was fast paced and intriguing and the suspense and romance only grew my interest up until the very end.

I loved how the relationships all twist and intervene with one another; the mere idea is so consistent with small town living, especially because everyone is related in one way or another. I didn’t guess the villain of the story until they were revealed and that is not easy for an author to do…I always guess what’s going on, so I appreciated the surprise. It was a great surprise and I love when an author can get me shaking my head at myself for not guessing what was really going on in the story-line.

I am personally connected to the three subplots of music in schools, literacy, and gaining emotional maturity and I agreed with the viewpoint of the author on them all and enjoyed how Adair wove them into the greater story.

The end of the story was magnificent. I have a real hard time giving a book a good review if I don’t think the end was spectacular. It has to be not only spectacular but real to life and feel-good. I know that limits me, but I don’t think I am going to change now, so all you authors out there, write good endings. I like setting a book on the shelf knowing that it left me with a greater expectation from the world around me and the end has to leave me feeling good for that to happen.

I highly recommend this book. If I had to describe it in one word it would be adventurous. Get the book, it will take you on an adventure physically and emotionally. You may even feel like finding that Cold River and staking out a home of your own.

Purchase the book here. When I last checked it was only $12. Great deal. Even better Christmas present

Say hi to author Liz Adair on her blog here.

Ask her to write more good stories for all of us.

I was compensated for this review with a free copy of the book,
but like always, I gave you my honest opinion.
I don’t think I am even capable of anything besides my opinion! 

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  1. Hi, Alice,

    I love your blog. It's so upbeat. Every time I come here I leave smiling.

    Thanks for your review of Cold River. And for giving a link to my blog.

  2. I enjoyed your review and now I'm excited to read the book! I'm like you, Alice, I want good endings. I have enough stress in my life and I like to escape into a good book. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm downloading from Amazon to my phone! Merry Christmas to me!

  3. I did love it! I finished it last week and I'm still thinking about it and missing my friends, Sweetiebug and the other Tarheels! I'm glad Leesie showed up, I liked her character and the sisters' relationship!

    Next I'm going to meet Michael Vey.

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