The Art of Rivers (Coastal Hearts #3) By Janet W. Ferguson Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 299 Pages June 30th 2019 by Southern Sun Press LLC
Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.
After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons.
When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.
Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
It had been a year since the horror of watching a drug abuser take the life of her fiancé and nearly her own, as well.
Her fiancé had done all the paperwork insuring all they owned would be shared. She had inherited his Mercedes and his grandmother's house on the coast. It had taken her all this time to be able to face the task of clearing the house out for sale.
Upon arriving, she felt unable to begin her task. As an artist, she was dewan to the beautiful landscape and the setting sun. She walked on the beach to a sandbar and was caught up in her drawing when she suddenly realized she was trapped with water all around her. The water quickly rose as she stood there in desperation.
It was Cooper's shift to patrol the beach for any tourists caught up in the quickly rising tide. He spotted someone waving frantically, nearly submerged. Annoyingly, the woman insisted her artbook be save before she would allow herself to be puled into the boat for safety.
Since she was stranded, he offered to take her home. When he discovered her car parked at his grandmothers long vacated house, he realized who this woman had to be!
This is a adventure/mystery with romance and the emotions which often surround romantic interests.
The characters are very realistically developed and the scenes are easily visualized. The Boo Cover is simple, yet eye-catching. The Title is cleverly chosen They both are a good "fit' for this novel.
This is a very good book to share with a Book Club. There are several societal issues addressed, which should provoke an intense discussion.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
Although this book was gifted me, I received no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.
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