When Genevive Banks was 15, she won an essay contest that awarded her the chance to interview Senator Rick Murphy.  An aspiring writer, Ginnie was excited for the interview.  Unfortunately, the encounter leaves her traumatized and pregnant by the side of the road.  After giving her baby up for adoption, Ginnie escapes her personal trauma by throwing herself into acting and builds a successful career.  Now, 20 years later, as Ginnie wraps up filming her latest movie with heartthrob Stefan Spencer, the secrets of the past are coming to light.  As the tabloids attempt to ruin her reputation, Ginnie knows she must fight back to save her career, but fighting back means telling her story and exposing herself to the wrath of a very powerful man.  Will Ginnie fight for the truth, even if that means risking all the people she has come to love?

Ginnie’s traumatic past has made her cautious and timid, making Stefan overly accommodating to her.  Because of this, Ginnie and Stefan lack the friction necessary to really spark as a couple.  The plot brings some pretty hefty punches to the couple, but they remain unfazed and take it in stride.  Even a phone call to an ex is heartwarming. Fortunately, the ripped from the headlines drama from the tabloids and the wrath of Senator Murphy keep the pages turning in this story that feels very timely.  This is the fourth book in the River Valley series but also stands alone.  With its snowy scenes and warm friends, “Riversnow” is a nice story to curl up with this winter.

Elissa Blabac