Blue Ridge Sunrise

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town wh...

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Title:Blue Ridge Sunrise
Author:Denise Hunter
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Blue Ridge Sunrise Reviews

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I am Denise's biggest cheerleader. I own every book she has ever penned. And every one of them or fabulous and always leave me wanting more. The only problem that I have is she does not write fast enough for me. With that said...

    Blue Ridge did not disappoint it was a true Hunter book.

    Well developed characters, Cruz, Kyle and Zoe are ones you will connect with they are so real.

    You are never going to want to leave Copper Creek. But will Zoe want to leave is the question?

    The plot is so well thought

    I am Denise's biggest cheerleader. I own every book she has ever penned. And every one of them or fabulous and always leave me wanting more. The only problem that I have is she does not write fast enough for me. With that said...

    Blue Ridge did not disappoint it was a true Hunter book.

    Well developed characters, Cruz, Kyle and Zoe are ones you will connect with they are so real.

    You are never going to want to leave Copper Creek. But will Zoe want to leave is the question?

    The plot is so well thought out and you are going to start this book and read it until you reach the very last page.

    I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Madison

    So, I decided to throw my neatly ordered to-read list out the window and read Blue Ridge Sunrise way ahead of schedule. I simply couldn't resist the promise of a Denise Hunter romance or (let's face it) that cover.

    Returning to her hometown and confronting her past was never on Zoe Collins' to-do list. But the death of her beloved grandmother has finally brought Zoe home, bringing along her young daughter and boyfriend Kyle. When Zoe discovers that her grandmother has left her a peach farm, Zoe i

    So, I decided to throw my neatly ordered to-read list out the window and read Blue Ridge Sunrise way ahead of schedule. I simply couldn't resist the promise of a Denise Hunter romance or (let's face it) that cover.

    Returning to her hometown and confronting her past was never on Zoe Collins' to-do list. But the death of her beloved grandmother has finally brought Zoe home, bringing along her young daughter and boyfriend Kyle. When Zoe discovers that her grandmother has left her a peach farm, Zoe is torn between returning to her life on the road as a singer and staying to take over the farm. Coming face-to-face with Cruz Huntley, her first love and ex-boyfriend, makes things more complicated - especially when Zoe knows that sticking around will mean finally coming clean about her biggest secret. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles war with finally feeling at home in Copper Creek, as Zoe learns to face her past and embrace her future.

    I admit the whole 'single mother with a young child and a BIG! secret that she has withheld from an old boyfriend' isn't my favourite storyline. It wasn't hard to predict the direction of the story. However, Denise Hunter still made it an enjoyable read. Zoe and Cruz are flawed and relatable characters and the setting is absolutely charming - I could practically smell the sweet, fruit-scented air.

    There is plenty of romantic tension and the ending also ramps up the suspense thanks to a tense situation gone bad (and arguably some very questionable judgement from one of the main characters). Faith plays a small part in the story - I've read mainstream books that talk more about God - and this is consistent with the characters' choices and actions. This book also raises the important issue of domestic violence and abusive relationships.

    Blue Ridge Sunrise was an enjoyable contemporary romance. I'm really looking forward to the second book in this series - we meet Brady and Hope in this book and their story promises to be really interesting. There are also a few appearances from characters from Denise Hunter's most recent release, Sweetbriar Cottage. The Blue Ridge Romance series promises plenty more romance and sweet stories.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

    Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog

  • Sandy

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm from Georgia, so I could picuture the scenes and smell the peaches in the orchard. Loved the characters and the little bit of Nashville thrown in. Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the ARC.

  • Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    I can’t think of a book that I have gone back and forth so much on as I did this book. For awhile I was really loving it. Then I was really annoyed at a turn of events. Then I loved it again. Then I was annoyed again. Then it picked up a little bit again at the end.

    I was immediately drawn in to Zoe and Cruz and their second-chance romance storyline. As with most of Hunter’s leading ladies, I found Zoe kind of hard to lik

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    I can’t think of a book that I have gone back and forth so much on as I did this book. For awhile I was really loving it. Then I was really annoyed at a turn of events. Then I loved it again. Then I was annoyed again. Then it picked up a little bit again at the end.

    I was immediately drawn in to Zoe and Cruz and their second-chance romance storyline. As with most of Hunter’s leading ladies, I found Zoe kind of hard to like, but she did grow throughout the story. I, of course, loved Cruz. I also liked Zoe’s brother, Brady, and her best friend, Hope (I’m anticipating them to be lead characters in a future book in this series). The second part of the book is a flash back to when Zoe and Cruz started dating. I’m a big fan of multiple timeline storytelling and I loved watching those two get together.

    As I mentioned above, after loving the book for awhile, something happened that really annoyed me. This is just personal preference, but I really, really dislike any romance trope that involves babies/kids. It just brings my whole enjoyment of a book way down. Another thing that I really dislike in books is when one small miscommunication is the main source of conflict and just one honest conversation would clear everything up. It drives me crazy to read a whole book like that.

    Thankfully, the miscommunication was cleared up much more quickly than I anticipated. I was able to get back on the Cruz and Zoe ship and enjoy myself again. I liked watching them grow closer as they worked together to get the peach market up and running. However, Zoe’s old boyfriend Kyle is still not entirely out of the picture. Zoe decides to do something so annoyingly frustrating to remedy that and I found my enjoyment disappearing again. Things did work out in the end, though, with a nice lesson in faith tacked on.

    Overall, Blue Ridge Sunrise was just a little uneven for me. While I did really enjoy Zoe and Cruz’s relationship, some romance tropes that I don’t really like were employed and kind of dampened my experience. I know that some people really love those type of storylines though, so I can see many readers eating the whole thing up with a smile. I also thought that for being Christian Fiction it was really light on the Christian. Again, not something that will bother everybody. This wasn’t my favorite Denise Hunter book, but it wasn’t my least favorite either. I liked it enough that I want to continue the series.

    Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

  • Deanne Patterson

    This book claims to be Christian fiction but it's not. With it's premarital sex and lack of faith elements it's just a contemporary fiction book. I simply could not warm up to or identify with the characters in this book especially delusional Kyle. I wanted to like it because I had been looking forward to it but unfortunately couldn't. Sweet little Gracie aka Bella now I liked her and the ending was a lot of tension which was pretty good as well. Overall though I couldn't make a good connection

    This book claims to be Christian fiction but it's not. With it's premarital sex and lack of faith elements it's just a contemporary fiction book. I simply could not warm up to or identify with the characters in this book especially delusional Kyle. I wanted to like it because I had been looking forward to it but unfortunately couldn't. Sweet little Gracie aka Bella now I liked her and the ending was a lot of tension which was pretty good as well. Overall though I couldn't make a good connection with the characters .

    Pub Date 07 Nov 2017

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson--FICTION for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Amy

    Always eager to dive into a new Denise Hunter novel, I'm sad to say this one missed the mark for me. Reunion romances are all well and good, and this one had all the usual sizzle and heat fans expect from Hunter, but I felt like Hunter already did this

    -esque plot -- and did it better -- in

    . I just never really connected with or cared about Zoe or Cruz, never felt like I was really in their heads, experiencing the story right along with them.

    More than that, howe

    Always eager to dive into a new Denise Hunter novel, I'm sad to say this one missed the mark for me. Reunion romances are all well and good, and this one had all the usual sizzle and heat fans expect from Hunter, but I felt like Hunter already did this

    -esque plot -- and did it better -- in

    . I just never really connected with or cared about Zoe or Cruz, never felt like I was really in their heads, experiencing the story right along with them.

    More than that, however, the faith element -- or lack thereof -- left this story feeling very flat. The characters purported to be Christian, yet showed no qualms or regrets about their premarital relations. I was okay with this at first because I assumed this event, mentioned in an extended flashback, was a pre-belief phase in the characters' lives -- even though they both attended church, and Zoe even sang there regularly. I kept waiting for the "a-ha" moment when Zoe and Cruz would realize their "faith" was superficial, and so I kept turning the pages... but the before-and-after, life-changing, spiritual-journey moment never came. I get that Thomas Nelson is trying to publish "edgier" stories, but the faith is so glossed over in this story that the sex comes across as perfectly natural and acceptable for these so-called Christian characters. I also get that Christians are human and make mistakes that God can and will redeem, by His grace -- and I even get that that may be the spiritual message this story was trying to convey. But nothing in the text even hinted that the characters believed premarital sex

    a mistake, and in fact it was hinted that both hero and heroine had had sex with other characters during their years of separation, and that that was okay, too.

    In all, this story was just too unoriginal and spiritually vague for me or my keeper shelf, so regrettably, I cannot recommend it.

  • Melanie

    Blue Ridge Sunrise is the start to Denise Hunter's new series and I have such conflicting thoughts about it. Not the series, just this particular story.

    It started off so well and I thought I was going to love the book, but the redemption/forgiveness/repentance part of the story I kept hoping to see never really seemed to happen (or at least I didn't pick up on it). This really just felt like a clean-ish mainstream novel and if it wouldn't have been labeled Christian Fiction I probably would hav

    Blue Ridge Sunrise is the start to Denise Hunter's new series and I have such conflicting thoughts about it. Not the series, just this particular story.

    It started off so well and I thought I was going to love the book, but the redemption/forgiveness/repentance part of the story I kept hoping to see never really seemed to happen (or at least I didn't pick up on it). This really just felt like a clean-ish mainstream novel and if it wouldn't have been labeled Christian Fiction I probably would have given it at least 4 stars. I just have different standards when it comes to Christian vs. mainstream fiction.

    Putting that aside, the writing was superb and the storyline held my attention. I didn't particularly care for the heroine, as I found her naïve and some of her actions to be

    foolish. I loved her daughter, Grace, and I also liked Brady and Hope (I can't wait to read their story - Honeysuckle Dreams!).

    All in all, as I said above: I have such mixed feelings about Blue Ridge Sunrise…It was written very well, but the story isn't something I loved. So, I can't recommend this one, but I recommend most of Denise Hunter's other books (seriously, her previous two series are favs of mine!).

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Laura

    Denise Hunter used to be one of my favorite authors, I've read every single one of her romances she's written over the years. I've heard that Thomas Nelson is becoming more edgy and that is apparent with the last few romances Ms. Hunter has put out.

    Zoe is a wild child. The book starts when she's fifteen and she's got the stuff and is hot to trot. She has Cruz lusting after her, but he's her brother's best friend. When Brady goes off to college, Cruz promises to keep his eye on her... and he doe

    Denise Hunter used to be one of my favorite authors, I've read every single one of her romances she's written over the years. I've heard that Thomas Nelson is becoming more edgy and that is apparent with the last few romances Ms. Hunter has put out.

    Zoe is a wild child. The book starts when she's fifteen and she's got the stuff and is hot to trot. She has Cruz lusting after her, but he's her brother's best friend. When Brady goes off to college, Cruz promises to keep his eye on her... and he does. That, and other things.

    Then Zoe runs off to join a country band and sing backup. When granny dies, she comes back home with her four year old daughter in tow...

    Okay, you can see where this is going. Zoe is not a character I like or identify with. With the exception of Granny and her brother and one girlfriend she's pretty much burned all her bridges behind her, too. Even her own dad is reluctant to help. Even Cruz hates her, but she's still hot... And of course they are forced together because...

    The ending was rather rushed and unsettled. Telling. Not a satisfactory end.

    Faith message was weak. She sings in church, says a prayer or two , and it's called good. Lives like the devil the rest of the time.

    I wanted to like this book. But I didn't. And I hate to say this, but it might be the last Denise Hunter book I ever read. That kind of breaks my heart.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  • Hannah

    Oh, no. How hard is it to admit, "Hey, I sinned, and I have consequences for what I did"?? Instead Zoe spends much of the book pitying herself for the raw deal she got in life. She has a live-in boyfriend who's abusive and doesn't "value her as a person"....well, girl, if you toss yourself away on not one but two guys, without even asking for a ring first, he's not going to value you very highly. Easy come easy go in her case. No wonder he scoffs at her faith...and somehow she is supposed to hav

    Oh, no. How hard is it to admit, "Hey, I sinned, and I have consequences for what I did"?? Instead Zoe spends much of the book pitying herself for the raw deal she got in life. She has a live-in boyfriend who's abusive and doesn't "value her as a person"....well, girl, if you toss yourself away on not one but two guys, without even asking for a ring first, he's not going to value you very highly. Easy come easy go in her case. No wonder he scoffs at her faith...and somehow she is supposed to have maintained some sort of faith even as she was touring with a rock band and sleeping with its leader? That somehow being lonely justified her in climbing into bed with a bad dude?

    There are bunches of heated kisses that take up almost 10% of the book.

    A very lengthy flashback (an entire section of multiple chapters) takes us back to how Zoe got pregnant and left town. Either do it chronologically or don't do it. This was an awkward story device.

    God is mentioned a few times and Zoe expresses regret for not asking God about her plans for the day. Not even going to go there about the moral slant that wasn't there.

    Then Zoe pulls a huge manipulative trick and plays the fool thereby putting herself and her daughter and her baby daddy in peril.

    Um...in what world are these characters worth while? I guess it's nice that they got a HEA, but they sure didn't have to work hard for it.

    Okay, so... I like Christian publishers to publish Christian novels. It's okay to publish clean novels...but this one isn't even moral. I wouldn't enjoy a secular novel that had this level of thumbing one's nose at the law of consequences. Combine the two for a massive lose. If a Christian is going to write a secular novel, AT LEAST make it moral. Nuff said.

    *Edit: (This is not in any way any sort of admission that I don't have the right to my own opinion and way of expression in my own review spot. This is a continuation of my opinion after my friend Carrie commented on my review and mentioned that her take on the book was different. Here's my response to her comment...)

    "While you found a more inspirational message than I did, Carrie, I never felt like they are finished finding faith in the end. We didn't get that payoff of her waking up and going Oh my and changing how she is living her life. It's a slow awakening, and yet at the end of the book she talks to God a little but she never seems to realize she's having a hard time in life because she made all the wrong choices. I can decide that for her because of the filter of my moral compass, but really what is in the story would not decide that for someone who does not have a similar viewpoint of morals and consequences.

    "In the end, I found the story arc to be unrealistic and found Zoe to be whiny and immature. I will be reading the next book, but this book is simply one I didn't enjoy."

    Added for Marlene: I liked Bella!

    *end of edit

    Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy.

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