Review of Riversong by Tess Hardwick

The underlying inciting incident of Riversong, the young widow’s owing a huge debt to unscrupulous characters after her husband’s suicide, seemed shaky, but the unfolding story was entirely followable. Her relocation to the downtrodden town that was her childhood home moves the plot forward, for the town is peppered with charmingly appealing and sordidly unappealing characters with whom she must interact. Her reactions to life appear accurately tainted by her background as the child of a practicing alcoholic. And then grace in the form of gifts that come undeservedly and unexpectedly enters the picture. Some grammar clunkers pulled me out of the action and away from the flow. Still, the author’s sincerity and craftsmanship made Riversong an enjoyable novel.

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