Blog Tour - By the River

About the book: It was supposed to be a relaxing early morning run, but the path along the river trail quickly turns into the scene of a nightmare for recent college graduate Kira Paxton. An unintended exploration of a secluded riverbank leads to a gruesome discovery that sets her on a collision course with danger: it is the body of a young woman. In shock, all Kira can manage to do is scream . . . From the moment Ford Kettering hears the cries for help along the trail, he is drawn irrevocably into a mystery in which he plays a shocking role. Ford, a local high school teacher, had a recent classroom clash with the victim—now, he’s a person of interest. As Ford and Kira bond over their shared ordeal, they work together to prove Ford’s innocence—and soon, their attraction is undeniable. But it seems that Kira’s nightmare is far from over. What begins as a series of close calls and acts of vandalism soon escalates, putting Kira’s own life in jeopardy. It appears that Kira saw something that day along the trail, something that has made her a target. With Ford’s help, she is determined to track down the killer—before she becomes the next victim.

My review: Oh...I loved this book. I loved the way that it was written, I loved how I felt like I was Kira with her dog finding a body by the Jordan River. I thought that Kira was a really well-written character. I loved the way she never felt that her dad had allowed her to grow up and have her independence, so she took it. And she refused to allow him to take it away by allowing him to make her move back to her childhood home, even when she was being attacked personally by someone. 

I thought that Ford was a great character too, he was willing to do pretty much whatever it took to keep Kira protected in her own space, even when it looked doubtful that she should stay there. I loved the way that Kira just knew he was trustworthy, even when the police were in doubt of his innocence. 

This book is a mystery with some romance thrown in. I didn't want to put it down until I figured out just who was pestering Kira or if she and Ford were going to work out. Don't miss this great book! It's the perfect book to cuddle up with on a cold day. 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Jennie Hansen lived a nomadic life during her early years and can remember living in twenty-two different houses and attending eight schools. The two colleges where she earned degrees, Ricks and Westminster, made ten. She worked as a model, secretary, newspaper reporter and editor, legislative page, teacher, and librarian. Through it all, she kept writing. To date she has twenty-three published novels, numerous short stories, and many magazine and newspaper articles to her credit. She has written reviews of LDS fiction for Meridian Magazine since 2001.

She and her husband have five children, all of whom are married to wonderful people, and eleven grandchildren. Two days each week Jennie and her husband can be found serving at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, a fifteen-minute drive from their Utah home.

You can learn more about Jennie Hansen by visiting her blog at

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