Blue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance, #1) by Denise Hunter

Blue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance, #1)

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far aw...

Details Blue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance, #1)

TitleBlue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance, #1)
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreRomance, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian, Contemporary Romance

Reviews Blue Ridge Sunrise (Blue Ridge Romance, #1)

  • Hannah
    Oh, no. How hard is it to admit, "Hey, I sinned, and I have consequences for what I did"?? Instead Zoe spends much of the book pitying herself for the raw deal she got in life. She has a live-in boyfriend who's abusive and doesn't "value her as a person"....well, girl, if you toss yourself away on not one but two guys, without even asking for a ring first, he's not going to value you very highly. Easy come easy go in her case. No wonder he scoffs...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This book claims to be Christian fiction but it's not. With it's premarital sex and lack of faith elements it's just a contemporary fiction book. I simply could not warm up to or identify with the characters in this book especially delusional Kyle. I wanted to like it because I had been looking forward to it but unfortunately couldn't. Sweet little Gracie aka Bella now I liked her and the ending was a lot of tension which was pretty good as well....
  • Amy
    Always eager to dive into a new Denise Hunter novel, I'm sad to say this one missed the mark for me. Reunion romances are all well and good, and this one had all the usual sizzle and heat fans expect from Hunter, but I felt like Hunter already did this Safe Haven-esque plot -- and did it better -- in Falling Like Snowflakes. I just never really connected with or cared about Zoe or Cruz, never felt like I was really in their heads, experiencing th...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I am Denise's biggest cheerleader. I own every book she has ever penned. And every one of them or fabulous and always leave me wanting more. The only problem that I have is she does not write fast enough for me. With that said...Blue Ridge did not disappoint it was a true Hunter book.Well developed characters, Cruz, Kyle and Zoe are ones you will connect with they are so real.You are never going to want to leave Copper Creek. But will Zoe want to...
  • Melanie
    Blue Ridge Sunrise is the start to Denise Hunter's new series and I have such conflicting thoughts about it. Not the series, just this particular story. It started off so well and I thought I was going to love the book, but the redemption/forgiveness/repentance part of the story I kept hoping to see never really seemed to happen (or at least I didn't pick up on it). This really just felt like a clean-ish mainstream novel and if it wouldn't have b...
  • Madison
    So, I decided to throw my neatly ordered to-read list out the window and read Blue Ridge Sunrise way ahead of schedule. I simply couldn't resist the promise of a Denise Hunter romance or (let's face it) that cover.Returning to her hometown and confronting her past was never on Zoe Collins' to-do list. But the death of her beloved grandmother has finally brought Zoe home, bringing along her young daughter and boyfriend Kyle. When Zoe discovers tha...
  • Stephanie
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I can’t think of a book that I have gone back and forth so much on as I did this book. For awhile I was really loving it. Then I was really annoyed at a turn of events. Then I loved it again. Then I was annoyed again. Then it picked up a little bit again at the end.I was immediately drawn in to Zoe and Cruz and their second-chance romance storyline. As with most of Hunt...
  • Laura
    Denise Hunter used to be one of my favorite authors, I've read every single one of her romances she's written over the years. I've heard that Thomas Nelson is becoming more edgy and that is apparent with the last few romances Ms. Hunter has put out. Zoe is a wild child. The book starts when she's fifteen and she's got the stuff and is hot to trot. She has Cruz lusting after her, but he's her brother's best friend. When Brady goes off to college, ...
  • Sandy
    I really enjoyed this book. I'm from Georgia, so I could picuture the scenes and smell the peaches in the orchard. Loved the characters and the little bit of Nashville thrown in. Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the ARC.
  • Amanda
    I enjoyed this book and really liked Cruz and Zoe. I am looking forward to Brady and Hope's story next.
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    One thing I love about Denise Hunter is she knows how to write books that get into the gritty parts of life that aren't so pretty. Her books bring out the not so pretty and the sometimes hopeless parts but she also shows how those not so pretty things can turn into beautiful things through love and faith. Hunter's books always feel like a journey that end in the best sort of satisfaction for me.Cruz and Zoe have quite the history. It unfolds slow...
  • Yvette
    The first in Denise Hunter's new Blue Ridge Romance series had me feeling a little off kilter as a reader. Somehow having what is usually a painful past that a character is looking to put behind them was more immediate than I've typically found in Christian fiction, resulting in a book that felt more like general women’s fiction with a few nods to faith thrown in.While the portrayal and references to infidelity, pre-marital sex, pre-marital coh...
  • Amy
    Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first book from Denise Hunter's whole new series, Blue Ridge Romance. I read this book in one sitting. I loved it so much, I did not want to put it down. I felt an instant connection to Zoe. I knew what she was going through - the heartache, past secrets and regrets. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness, letting go, and moving on, while in a beautiful setting. I most definitely believe this is a must read and highly ...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    This was one of those reads that was just ‘okay’ for me, and I’ve had a little trouble putting my finger on the reasons why. Firstly, although I was generally sympathetic towards the heroine Zoe, I found it difficult to empathise with some of her decisions—or perhaps more to the point, to understand what motivated her to be strong in some circumstances, but weak in others. Secondly, I wasn’t convinced that Zoe had grown much in this are...
  • Sadie VanderKodde
    My rating system looks something like this:5 stars: Holy cow. I can't breathe. That was amazing. 4 stars: I liked it. No complaints, but not heart-stopping.3 stars: Good, but have some issues with it.2 stars: Pretty bad.1 star: Awful.I think Blue Ridge Sunrise falls at about 3.5 with this rating scale. I liked the story and Cruz as a leading man. But Zoe was annoying and hard to root for. I'm also in agreement with many other reviewers that the f...
  • Karen
    I'm a huge fan of Denise Hunter, but this one left me disappointed. Lots of non-Christian living taking place in this book by all the characters. God was there, but not really a major player. And the entire plot with the orchard and a barn and a fire... I feel like I've already read something extremely similar. I didn't dislike it enough to turn me away from Hunter, but definitely disappointed. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
  • Denise
    Oh my! What a beautiful story... I was drawn in from the moment I started and couldn't put it down. There was so much more to this than just a love story. It touched deep places in my heart. Highly recommended.
  • Jeanie
    Rating 3.5 StarsThe insecurities went core-deep and he wanted nothing more than to assure her of her value. A good old fashioned love story with misunderstanding as the driving force. Zoe Collins has restless heart. She loves to sing and she is in love with Cruz Huntley. At 19 she runs away from home pregnant and singing with the band all over the country. Her manager and new boyfriend Kyle is now controlling her life. She is called home 5 years ...
  • Becky
    Denise Hunter is one of my must-read authors. Her books routinely make my yearly "best books" lists, and I often stay up far too long while reading her books.That's why I was so disappointed when her last book, Sweetbriar Cottage, didn't land for me. Of course, I still had hope for the books to come, and, thankfully, my hope wasn't misplaced, as Blue Ridge Sunrise is wonderful!One of my favorite aspects of Hunter's novels is the chemistry between...
  • Gloria
    Blue Ridge Sunrise is the first of the Blue Ridge Romance series but we did meet some of the characters in Sweetbriar Cottage. The story takes place in Cooper Creek, Georgia in the northern part of the state in the mountains. Like all small towns, everyone knows each other and there is the sense of community. When Zoe Collins returns home for her grandmother's funeral, she had no idea that Granny would leave her peach orchard to Zoe. Zoe always l...
  • Lucy
    According to the other reviews I feel differently, as I feel this is a story of a prodigal daughter who is trying to get her life on track after foolish mistakes and risks taken. Is it it true to life...yes. Not everyone lives a Christian life from birth and have to find their way back to their roots and need love and understanding, not harsh holier than thou judgement. I loved this book and felt it was well written and realist...
  • Loraine
    I checked this book out of the library to read because I have the second book, Honeysuckle Dreams, to review. I have previously read 2 of Hunter's books and enjoyed one and found the other okay. This book was definitely a disappointment, and it was a misnomer to label its genre as Christian Fiction. Thomas Nelson Publishing has apparently been trending toward more edgy content in their Christian Fiction. I don't need to have pushy or preachy in m...
  • Denise Hershberger
    3.5 stars. full review to come release week.
  • Diana
    Denise Hunter is one talented author whose wonderfully descriptive prose immediately assaults the readers' senses as we journey to the foothills of Copper Creek, Georgia—with its fresh air, pine forests, the glorious aroma of hyacinths, and small hometown feel. After five years of being gone, Zoe Collins returns for her grandmother's funeral with her jerk of a boyfriend, Kyle, and I emphasize the word JERK! Cruz Huntley, Zoe's first love, notic...
  • Jess
    I absolutely LOVE Denise Hunter's books and her latest, Blue Ridge Sunrise, was no exception. It had everything I've come to expect from Denise Hunter...real life characters, an element of faith expertly woven into the story and character's lives, swoon worthy romance, and some surprises that will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. I enjoyed getting to know Zoe and Cruz and could almost taste the peaches.
  • Clare O'Beara
    I love the setting, a peach orchard family farm, which gets a star all to itself. Yet much more could have been made of this setting. We see during the book, the work of picking the peach harvest. That's all. We don't know about wages for migrant pickers, pesticide use, pests, blemishes, supermarket contracts, water supplies, buying boxes, whether beehives are on the spot or moved in, honey, anything else. A second chance romance occurs when a yo...
  • Brittany
    Denise Hunter writes stories that I have a hard time setting down. They capture me! That was definitely the case with Blue Ridge Sunrise. The story centered around two people who loved each other, but were seperated years ago because of misunderstandings and lies. I enjoyed reading about Zoe and Cruz both in the present and in the past. They made mistakes, went too far physically, and ended up hurting each other. I really enjoyed seeing them make...
  • Laura
    I really like Denise Hunter books generally, but I didn't really care for this one. Set in a small town in Northern Georgia, Zoe Collins is a former wild child that has become almost timid. Having left her home town, family, and sweetheart and moving to Nashville with the town's bad boy, Zoe comes back to Copper Creek for her granny's funeral. Things get difficult for Zoe when the current boyfriend doesn't want lose the control he has over Zoe. T...
  • Tonya Peterson
    This book was fantastic it's about Zoe going back home with regrets and secrets and finding out everything she knew about herself was being tested. was there a way for her to find her way back to the person she use to be or was she going to hurt herself even more by not believing in herself?