Thursday, September 9, 2010

Review: White Water Preacher by Carolyn Bravo

White Water Preacher by Carolyn Bravo

Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 1



Kelli Martin needs out—out of San Francisco, out of the advertising rat race, out of a dead end relationship. She washes up in Roaring River, Nevada, in every way about as far from Frisco as Mars is from Venus.

Roaring River gives her a roaring headache. Every person is an exasperation, the most popular dish in town is fried zucchini, and the river's out to get her. The one thing the place has going for it is Spencer Tulane. The man preaches a fine sermon, brings dead things to life, and looks great in flannel. Oh, and he guides rafting parties down the aforementioned river of death.

Fortunately, Kelli did not leave her heart in San Francisco—only her brains. Once again, she heads for the exit, only to discover that the door swings just one way.

Did I mention the flannel?

Clare’s Review

Big city girl, Kelli Martin, running from her life in San Francisco, ends up in the small town of Roaring River, where everyone knows everyone else’s business and feels they have the right to comment on it. With her smart clothes and manicured nails, she bumps heads and makes more enemies than friends but finds she can’t leave even if she wants to. Spencer Tulane is a complex man, interim pastor, taxidermist, white water rafter and lover of flannel. He’s all things to all people and perfect for the job, only his past prevents the town’s folk from seeing it.

Ms. Bravo skillfully weaves Kelli and Spence’s love story into an amazing backdrop of colours, sounds and the ever present river. If this story needed a subtitle, then it would be 'a river runs through it'. I love the way even the river catches the emotional highs and lows of the characters and town, rising and falling with them, and even becoming a character itself. If ever you need an allegory of God's love being there even when you can't see it, it's this river. Even when not mentioned directly, it's there in the background.

The well written, grounded characters, spring to life and pull you into the story, making you feel everything they do, as they both fight the prejudices of the small town. Well worth reading, this book will put you through the emotional wringer as much as the characters and leave you wanting more.

4 Tea Cups!

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