River Girl by R.E. Whaley
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Romance, Action, Adventure
A college student thought she was going on an ordinary vacation, but what she found was the most thrilling and dangerous adventure of her life and one very handsome young Marine to help her. Pauline was supposed to be a new college graduate, but after a very embarrassing incident at college, she left school. Forced to move back in with her mother and stepfather, she’s depressed and barely getting by. She’s also dealing with her younger sister’s suicide. To fulfil her sister’s dream, Pauline goes on a summer rafting trip in the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, though she’s not as outdoorsy as her sister was. Once Pauline starts the journey down the river, reaching the destination back to civilization proves rife with unexpected and treacherous obstacles. She soon finds herself trapped with her river guide, Ellis, a young Marine who harbors his own dark secrets and is learning to live with a traumatic brain injury. The pair start off hating each other. Things take a turn for the worse when they begin to suspect they are being followed and Pauline is the target. As they make their way down the river in a race against time, they have to work together to outsmart her potential killers.
3 out of 5 (good)
Pauline is taking a river trip in memory of her sister, and to try to figure out what to do with her life. Her guide, Fiona, doesn't show up and so a replacement is assigned to her. Although sparks fly between them, Ellis has problems with his memory and blows hot and cold. The reasons for this are explained, and he gained my sympathy.
There is action, adventure and mystery in this story. The transition from one scene to another is sometimes a bit jolting, and the characters' feelings are very changeable, both to each other and general circumstances.
A contemporary, a mystery, and a romance all rolled into one.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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In addition to writing fiction, R.E. Whaley is also a published poet and an experienced activist.
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