Author: Emilie Richards
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction
Series: Goddesses Anonymous #3
Publication Date: 24th June 2014
Book Source: Harlequin & NetGalley
Synopsis: Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can't be crossed. But for those with enough courage forgiveness, redemption, and love may be found on the other side.
On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie before she disappears forever.
Harmony's friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother's legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she's opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor's trust and cost Jan her hard-won freedom
I am in awe ... seriously, how does Emilie Richards do it? This is the 3rd installment in the Goddesses Anonymous series and it's another winner. Winner ... an unusual choice of words for the heartbreaking issue of domestic violence but at the heart of No River Too Wide is strength, hope, courage and triumph.
Emilie Richards writes with truth, I know this ... for 10 years I lived an abusive marriage. (thank God not Janine's) In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago, in others, I'm a work in progress. (To Move Forward, To Begin Healing 2010) I'm not looking back ... breaking the silence goes some small way to breaking the power and hold of abusers.
... as does having a support network. It takes courage to reach out and accept what's offered and it was heartwarming watching Janine's interactions with her support network. Reuniting with her daughter Harmony and meeting grandaughter Lottie for the first time, another step in the healing process. I cheered each and every one of Janine's steps to reclaiming her self.
I loved catching up with the characters from One Mountain Away; they're the trustees of the mountain cabin called The Goddess House, a safe haven for women needing a fresh start or second chance. Emilie Richards keeps it very real when we see how Harmony and Taylor are fairing, their emotions and reactions resonated with me. It's the women that hold my attention, rather than the mystery but I must admit I enjoyed the challenges Adam Pryor brought to the mix.
I want so much to convey my love for the gorgeous, lyrical quality, the raw honesty of Emilie Richards' writing but relating so personally has made this a difficult review to write ... my brain is cramping. I can't rave enough about the series and I really love the titles, they represent the themes of each book so beautifully.
"Abandon perfection. Welcome reflection. Nuture connection." Taylor paused. "And to that I think we need to add 'offer protection.'"
One Mountain Away ~ 5 star sobfest
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust ~ 4.5 star