Friday, July 29, 2011

A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris

Book Blurb:

Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the making.
With Elizabeth's photograph in hand—a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes—Jake rides over the border to find her. After the Rangers defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she's not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him.
But the Mexicans won't give up that easily, as Elizabeth becomes the target of an all-out hunt. Leaving Elizabeth back at Fort Williams, Jake and his men set off again, this time to go after Diego himself—to apprehend him and his renegades and bring them all to justice.
Meanwhile, Jake knows what's begun between him and Elizabeth is undeniable. Amid all the turmoil, Jake finally admits how much he loves her. She tells him the same. Until now, they've lived in different worlds, yet it is those differences that drew them together.

My Review

Elizabeth, an upcoming journalist at her brother's newspaper business and the daughter of a U.S. Senator, watches her brother get killed right in front of her eyes and then the killers decide to kidnap her and take her with them in hopes of using her for leverage! 

Texas Ranger Jake Nelson hears about the brutal murder of his friend and the kidnapping of the young beauty Elizabeth by the revolting Mexican Manuel Diego and decides he will not rest until she is safe and sound and Diego is brought to justice!!
Jake sets out to find Elizabeth and when he succeeds not only does he begin to realize that she is nothing like he expected but much more, but he also severely ticks off Diego!!  That begins the hunt Diego initiates to find Elizabeth and have her murdered!

A River to Cross starts off with a bang and the excitement begins full throttle and it doesn't end until the end of the story!! The story is filled with action packed adventure, suspense and a sweet love story woven within!

My favorite part of this story is the main characters Jake and Elizabeth!! I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth.  She is a strong and passionate young girl, unlike what Jake thought she'd be like with her being a Senators daughter.  She doesn't let the threats on her life distract her from what she believes is right by portraying the story that her brother was working on when he died!!

Then there is Jake, a yummy hunky Texas Ranger that has a grumpy side and a soft spot for the beauty he rescues!! I couldn't get enough of him!!  He takes his job seriously and wants Elizabeth to understand why he is passionate about his work!

I felt all the emotions and turmoil the characters did and was very emotionally connected to them and was rooting for them from chapter 1.

The spiritual threads throughout the book were subtle and enjoyable!! I'm not a fan of a Christian novel that pushes Christianity down your throat, it drives me crazy! A River to Cross was not like that for me!! There were moments of references to God and spirituality but it was woven in very nicely and didn't deter from the story!
Content:  Very clean, minor kissing!

Disclosure:  I received this book free from Bethany House to write an honest and personal review of A River to Cross! All opinions are true and my own!
About Yvonne Harris:
Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante's Bride, which is her debut novel.Visit her Web site at
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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I read The Vigilante's Bride by Harris and really loved it. I forgot this one was coming out so thanks for reminding me!