Monday, June 2, 2014

Down By the River By Lin Stepp

Set against the backdrop of Tennessee's breathtaking Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp's Down By the River is a warm-hearted novel that proves it's never too late--or too early--for a fresh start. . .
While on a visit to the Smokies, Grace Conley makes a stunning decision: she's going to walk away from her busy life in Nashville to move to tiny Townsend and open a bed and breakfast. There's a beautiful old inn for sale along the Little River that will do perfectly. Of course, Grace's family is scandalized. After all, she's a middle-aged widow! And as a career homemaker, she's always been available for babysitting, chauffeuring, and generally being the peacemaker among her grown children. Has Grace lost her mind? She begins to wonder the same thing once she finds herself attracted to the local ladies' man. But the surprises don't stop there. . .
To further complicate her move, Grace's daughter, Margaret, has grudgingly come to live with her. Having just graduated from college, remote Townsend is not where she envisions her future. Yet the handsome young minister next door is convinced he and Margaret are meant for each other. As life choices abound, soon both women will discover that the biggest decisions require confidence, a sense of humor--and a deep, abiding faith.

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I'm a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, a college faculty member, and a fictional author. I've been on faculty at Tusculum College for over 12 years and have worked in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing for over 22 years.

Starting in 2009, my fictional novels in the Smoky Mountain series began to come out. All these novels are contemporary romance - with a dash of suspense, a touch of inspiration, and a big dollop of Appalachian flavor. Each of the twelve novels is set in a different place around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park so readers get to enjoy a visit to a the mountains along with a good, heartwarming story.
A good faith based book.
This was the first book I have read by Lin Stepp. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good read.
I loved the healing story between the sisters.
This was a very easy read. it would make a great beach read.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. Sounds like a nice read and the fact that I was set in Tennessee was great.

  2. Liked your review Mary. Thanks for your hard work.

  3. This book sounds like one I would enjoy. With a beautiful backdrop, small town and love possibly in the air, count me in! Thank you, Mary!

  4. New author to me. This book sounds good. I love Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. Great review Mary! Thank you so much for introducing us to new authors! Love it.

    Judy B

  5. Good looking cover and great sounding book.

  6. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for your great review.

  7. Down By the River sounds like a lovely story! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Mary, thanks for this review. I love to read books in states I've never gotten to visit. And, i love the cover of this book. Please put me in. Maxie
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  9. This sounds like an interesting story and glad you think its a great beach read. The cover looks very peaceful. Thanks for your review Mary.
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