Sunday, February 8, 2015

Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold #2) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Title: Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold #2)
Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert
Pages: 336
Year: 2015
Publisher: Revell
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined that cost could be so high.

     Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions – and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Her career choice is not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

     But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk- including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

     Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it explores the seduction success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

My review:

     A great look at corporate plots and schemes.

     The author does a masterful job of introducing her main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan. She starts with a layer that presents her career prowess. During this phase she sneaks in a very brief glimpse at Juliet’s family relationships. After she finishes building that aspect of her character Juliet is at home for dinner with the family. The glimpse we saw earlier is beautifully expanded on, and we are given a peak into her spiritual beliefs. I was so caught up in meeting Juliet I was surprised to find that I hadn’t even read 20 pages of the book by this point. I was definitely ready to see what problems Juliet had to face and how she handled them.

     The story development was equally well handled. I was drawn into to plot and very involved in seeing how Juliet handled the problems she faced in the corporate world that she lived in.

     The only thing that I was a little uncomfortable with was the hints into her personal relationship outside the office. This is the only thing that gave me any pause and caused me to take off one star from my ranking. Therefore this novel is getting 4 stars from me. I do recommend it for the plot and the character presentation.

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