Genre: Romantic Supsense
Genevieve Banks is beautiful and successful – and one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses.
While filming opposite Hollywood’s heartthrob Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan form a deep friendship. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, but a violent incident from Genevieve’s past has made her feel intimacy is an impossibility.
When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve is forced into a decision: Stay silent and let others suffer or bravely confront her violent past and the man who hurt her.
In this fourth installment of the bestselling River Valley Series, author Tess Thompson explores themes of community, friendship and love.
He caressed the side of her face with his fingertips. “About two years after my father’s death, my mom came home from church on a Sunday morning. I was in the other room when she came in, but I could tell she was angry by the way she stomped around the kitchen and slammed pots and pans.
I figured she was mad at me because I wouldn’t get up for church. I didn’t want to, but I went in there and asked her what was wrong. She told me the preacher had given a sermon that morning about thankfulness. He said that if you approach your life from a position of thankfulness, it’s more likely a miracle will come.”
“Why did it make her mad? Did she think it was a lie?”
He nodded. “She said it was all good and well for a person like fat Preacher Robinson to talk about miracles with his perfect wife and perfect daughters sitting in the front pew, but where was our miracle? We’d been given nothing but hard times, she said. Nothing but hard men who hurt us. She sat down at the kitchen table and cried. I stood there, just watching her, wishing I were dead. Finally, she looked up at me and said, ‘Why has God forsaken us?’”
Why indeed? Where were you, God? Then and that day in Murphy’s office?
“It ripped at my heart to see how broken she was. I vowed in that moment to never let her feel forsaken by God or me ever again. That desire has driven every moment of my life since. It drove me during the early years when I could barely pay my rent. I worked harder than anyone in class, on my body, on my craft, all so I could give her a few miracles. After I had made it, I bought her the house she’d always wanted and a fancy car and a full-time housekeeper. Anything she wants, I give her. I take her places she could only dream of when I was young. The drive I have? It’s all for her.”
“Has it changed her? Does she believe in miracles now?”
“Maybe. I don’t know. She’s like you. There’s a sadness in her eyes that I can’t seem to remedy.”
She’s sad, like me.
“But I am thankful, every day, for everything. I’m thankful I’m the guy who gets to be here for you.”
“Oh, Stefan. I’m glad it’s you. It couldn’t be anyone else.” Tears leaked from the corners of her eyes. I don’t deserve you, but I am so thankful. “I do believe in miracles, Stefan. In spite of everything.”
“Tell me why,” he said, gently.
“That night, afterward, when I was blindfolded and tied, he shoved me into his car and we drove for what seemed like hours.” She stopped, suddenly remembering a detail she’d forgotten. “He played the radio. Pop songs. Loud, like a teenager. I’d forgotten that part.”
Stefan took her hand. “No wonder you hate nineties music.”
About Tess Thompson
Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing a mountain. And obstacles, like walls and crawling under barbed wire. She is not the running or obstacle queen.
Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.
She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.
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