Engaging characters and emotionally charged writing: "Where Rivers Part" by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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about the book....

Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it 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. It's 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 fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

my review....

The second installment in the Texas Gold Collection held me in its grip from start to finish! "Where Rivers Part" is a moving tale that takes a look at what can happen when the greed of a corporation leads to the tragic loss of lives. I've never before read a story about what can happen when food safety is compromised and an outbreak occurs, and I can say that I have a new appreciation for the unseen work that happens to make sure the food we eat and the water we drink is safe for consumption! Gilbert expertly wove together the drama of the conspiracy Juliet uncovers with deeply personal scenes that examine her rocky relationship with her dad and the scars she has from their past. Juliet's desire to earn his approval and her actions in response had me wondering how often we all act in similar ways, seeking the approval of the world around us instead of looking to God for his hand of affection. As a father myself, I think my favourite scenes in this story were the ones leading to reconciliation between Juliet and her dad, and I can only pray that readers experiencing similar strained relationships will experience the sort of healing that happens here. Gilbert realistically portrays how difficult it can be to work through the past and find a new future together, but she also shines the light of hope on these situations to reveal that with God this truly is possible.

Gilbert is a strong addition to the genre of contemporary fiction, with engaging characters, emotionally charged writing, and spiritual themes that will leave you examining your own faith. I certainly look forward to her next novel in the "Texas Gold" series! I give this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history. Her legal experience gives her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. Gilbert explores the complexity of relationships in her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.

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