No River Too Wide (Goddesses Anonymous)
About the Book:
Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can't be crossed. But—for those with enough courage—forgiveness, redemption and love may be found on the other side.
On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie in Asheville, North Carolina, before she disappears forever.
Harmony's friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother's legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she's opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor's trust…and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.
This series has been a favorite since the beginning and this episode does nothing to change that. While perhaps a bit cliche'd in its treatment of domestic abuse (but then there is a reason that certain behaviors are indicative of domestic abuse) No River Too Wide is a heartwarming read. However, I think Richards needs to stick to romance/women's fiction; the who dunnit part of the plot was the weakest.
As with the other books in the series, there is a woman (Janine) who needs a safe place to get her life back together. As with the other books, the goddesses provide both material and emotional help. It is through helping others that they themselves experience growth and increased happiness.
There were a couple of times I found myself searching my memory for backstory to remind me who the characters were or how they fit together but for the most part the story stood well on its own.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+