Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By the River by Jennie Hansen {Review with Giveaway}

By the River by Jennie Hansen
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
It was supposed to be a relaxing early morning run, but the path along the river trail quickly turns into the scene of a nightmare for recent college graduate Kira Paxton. An unintended exploration of a secluded riverbank leads to a gruesome discovery that sets her on a collision course with danger: it is the body of a young woman. In shock, all Kira can manage to do is scream . . . From the moment Ford Kettering hears the cries for help along the trail, he is drawn irrevocably into a mystery in which he plays a shocking role. Ford, a local high school teacher, had a recent classroom clash with the victim—now, he’s a person of interest. As Ford and Kira bond over their shared ordeal, they work together to prove Ford’s innocence—and soon, their attraction is undeniable. But it seems that Kira’s nightmare is far from over. What begins as a series of close calls and acts of vandalism soon escalates, putting Kira’s own life in jeopardy. It appears that Kira saw something that day along the trail, something that has made her a target. With Ford’s help, she is determined to track down the killer—before she becomes the next victim.
My Review:
I couldn't help but to find this story a little creepy, which is probably how it was intended to be. I don't live far from where this story takes place and let me just say--I will not be taking any jogs along the river trail by myself anytime in the near future!
I love how the story starts right off into the thick of things, with a suspenseful discovery of a body. That chance discovery leads to a chance meeting between Ford and Kira. The attraction is instant and a relationship soon develops. I love a good suspense with a little romance woven neatly between the lines and this one delivered.

Ford is a school teacher and is a suspect in this case. I love how strong, smart, and protective he is of Kira, yet not overbearingly so. There are many twists and turns in the story and I just couldn't help but hope that Ford is innocent of committing the murder. Kira has been sheltered by an overprotective father and brother for her whole life and is trying so hard to stand on her own. In the middle of proving her independence, she finds herself in some scary and dangerous situations, but still holds firm. She's so tiny and petite, yet is a ball of determination.
At times, I wondered if there were too many mishaps, but they really helped drive the suspense and added to the story. The climax was great and I loved the resolution.
Content: mild romance (kissing); no language; mild violence (not graphic--murder, other violent crimes); mild religious elements (nothing preachy--just casually mentioned). Clean!

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About the Author:  
Jennie Hansen
Jennie Hansen lived a nomadic life during her early years and can remember living in twenty-two different houses and attending eight schools. The two colleges where she earned degrees, Ricks and Westminster, made ten. She worked as a model, secretary, newspaper reporter and editor, legislative page, teacher, and librarian. Through it all, she kept writing. To date she has twenty-three published novels, numerous short stories, and many magazine and newspaper articles to her credit. She has written reviews of LDS fiction for Meridian Magazine since 2001.
She and her husband have five children, all of whom are married to wonderful people, and eleven grandchildren. Two days each week Jennie and her husband can be found serving at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, a fifteen-minute drive from their Utah home.
You can learn more about Jennie Hansen by visiting her blog at

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