Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rapid Water by Andrea Goodson

Title:  Rapid Water
Author: Andrea Goodson
Series:  The Riverbend Trilogy #2
Published: December 12th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
Page Count:  196
Genre:  Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

While on an extended visit to the quiet community of Kennerdell in this second volume of The Riverbend Trilogy, Lena Woodruff continues to battle with the conflicts both around and within her. Will is recovering quickly from his injury and is unrelenting in his overwhelming attempts to win over Lena’s heart which quickly puts her on an emotional rollercoaster ride full of uncertainty and guilt. Still attempting to continue Carl Woodruff’s work and discover more information regarding the mysterious items related to the historical Penn family of Early America, Lena and Will unknowingly place themselves in jeopardy as they dive deeper into the mysterious newfound connection between William Penn and the Lenape Indians, travelling to Canada together in search for clues possibly held by the Moravian First Nation. Striving to prove that she had been followed is more difficult than Lena could have imagined and her mind begins to rapidly bend with confusion. She realizes that safety is a luxury she no longer possesses. Grief darkens her thoughts while insecurity and self-doubt cause the lines between reality and imagination to blur. Assured that being home is the cause of her pain and disbelief, she is desperate to quickly leave Kennerdell and return to her secluded life in Georgia. A small glimmer of hope arises inside of Lena which begins a conflict between her own self-doubt and the promise of something better. Where strength is weakness and vulnerability is an asset, the greatest danger that threatens Lena in Kennerdell may just be herself.

My Review:

Holy intrigue with the scumbag – and now I think I know who the scum bag is. And no, I’m not telling.

I love how the archaeological and anthropological aspect of the first story continues on to this installment. You learn more and more about the histories of these Native American peoples while on a grand adventure. This is augmented by the way that it is placed within Goodson’s very well written story. She has a way of bringing the world to life with her words that doesn’t compare to anything.

The characters come to life with a vengeance in this novel. I thought that I was getting to know them before, but now I feel like I grew up with the main characters. Goodson keeps feeding you details about the characters, building on past experiences that allow you to get to know them better and better. All the while, she continues progressing with the storyline. You also get to know some of the minor characters much better in this novel. This adds an extra element of depth to the story, drawing you further into the world that these individuals inhabit.

Goodson grabbed me with the first installment in this series and has kept me going with this one. I can’t stop thinking about the characters and their plight. Although my heart broke at the end of this novel, I still hold a great deal of hope for the characters and their future.

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