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After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother whileAfter taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career.   But Sophie’s labor of love becomes a bone of contention for her new neighbor Jason Bowers. The local landscaper has big plans for growing his business—until Sophie scoops up the property he’s got his eye on. And no amount of buyout offers or badgering from him will get her to budge. It’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. But when they’re paired up to work on a community project, they agree to put their differences aside, and sparks begin to fly. Then Sophie’s cheating ex suddenly shows up, looking for a second chance—and threatening to make Jason a third wheel just when his hotheaded feelings about Sophie were turning decidedly warmhearted. All Sophie wants is a new life and a true love. But what are the odds of having both?...

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At the River's Edge Reviews

  • Lesa
    2019-06-19 15:46

    There's a reason why Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries books make the New York Times bestseller lists. They're addicting. All of the women in my family read this series, and I think I may actually have been the last one to finish the latest romance, At the River's Edge. This seventh book in the series is just as compelling as the earlier books. They're hard to put down.Each book opens and closes with Grace Sinclair's diary entries. The owner and editor of the St. Dennis Gazette chronicles the arrivals, business openings, and romances in St. Dennis, Maryland, a tourist town on Chesapeake Bay. The townspeople are awaiting the wedding of Jesse Enright and Brooke Bowers. The engaged couple is pleased when Jesse's sister Sophie shows up in town. A lawyer like the others in her family, she flees to St. Dennis after she catches her boyfriend in the backseat of his car with another woman. Once she arrives in town, her brother and grandfather urge her to stay and join the family practice, Enright & Enright. But, Sophie has her eye on a rundown building. It had always been her dream to run a restaurant.However, Jason Bowers had his eye on that same building. After his brother's death in Iraq, Jason sold his landscaping business in Florida, and moved to St. Dennis to be near his sister-in-law Brooke and her son. He's started another landscaping company, and even has a major project recreating the gardens at Sophie's grandfather's. He likes the looks of the latest Enright to show up in town, and thinks he finally met the woman of his dreams. But, neither Jason nor Sophie know they're trying to buy the same property in St. Dennis.Mariah Stewart's St. Dennis is a charming town that continues to draw tourists, and readers. The townspeople and new arrivals, all the local shops, are appealing and welcoming. Each time a new novel comes out, it's a return to a comfortable community and old friends. The romances are always between strong independent women and equally strong interesting men. Maybe St. Dennis is a little like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average". And, really? That's not so bad in a comfortable romantic series.

  • Ann Lorz
    2019-05-30 19:32

    I don't often give 5 stars to a book. In fact, I'm not a fan of giving stars at all. Since I have to then At River's Edge had to get them all. I found At Rivers Edge to be everything I want in a romance. It made me laugh, it also made me cry. More than once. This story ripped my heart out. I loved the people and the story line. I had fun visiting with everyone once again. I always enjoy Stewart's books but I have to say this one is my favorite. So far!

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-05-24 16:38

    Wonderfully written story taking us back to St. Dennis and all it's wonderful residents. Sophie Enright is in town visiting her brother and grandfather as well as reevaluating her life. When she makes the decision to move there permanently, she finds her life is a crazy, fun whirlwind! Great read that I highly recommend to everyone.

  • Danielle
    2019-06-20 19:50

    I couldn't put this book down. I loved the people and the town. I am looking forward to reading more of these people. They make small town living sound more perfect every day

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2019-06-15 12:45

    Sophie was living in the big city, was a big city lawyer, and with a boyfriend who worked with her. All was going great until she caught him having sex in the backseat of his BMW in the parking garage at work. What made it worse it was with the office skank lawyer they worked with. She had no case pending and time on the books so she asked for a week’s vacation to go home to be with the family before the wedding. Her boss knowing what was going on granted it. Sophie has a lot of soul searching to do. When she gets home she is hit with the fact that her brother Jesse needs help in the office. Especially, since her uncle Mike and Grandpa retired. Yet, Sophie is not sure her heart is in law anymore. She might want a career change, especially after seeing a sweet piece of property on the other side of the lake that had an old restaurant. She starts day dreaming of the possibilities you know her choices.Now there’s Jason, Brooke’s brother-in-law from her first husband, Eric. He is as sexy as hell and makes Sophie have butterflies in her stomach, not be able to keep her eyes off his ass, and makes her feel feelings she hadn’t felt in a long while, even with Chris. Jason owns the property next to the one she’s dreaming about in fact he’s been trying to buy the property she wants. “Dun, dun, dun, dun…do you hear the doom march playing?” Jason though is a good guy, a guy that knows the meaning of family for he learned the hard way. At 15, both his parents were in a car accident in which he was injured and his brother Eric took custody of him since he was 18. They started a business together which was growing leaps and bounds and supporting them. Then, Eric joined the military and married Brooke, she has Logan, when the worst occurred. Eric was killed in the line of duty. There was no question he would sell the business give half to Brooke for her and Logan. Then, Brooke asked Jason to stay on and be an uncle to Logan and he did. To me this was more of a story of a woman who had been done wrong by her man. After thinking about it, figures out that he more than likely had been stepping out on her when she wasn’t paying attention. Jason is her first relationship after Chris and feels like he wouldn’t do her wrong since he’s friends with her brother and grandfather. See how these to come together makes some errors and then see what happens from there. I just had a hard time getting into this book. I was expecting a romance and kept waiting but it was really not happening for me. Don’t get me wrong there was one and there was HEA it just didn’t move me like some of her other books and characters. It was good but not up to the standards I expected. Provided by Find us on

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-06-10 18:32

    Reviewed by JenReview originally posted at Romancing the BookBook provided by the publisher for reviewThere is just something about these small town romance series that just draw me in. I think a lot of it is the interconnecting stories; characters featured in past books reappearing in later books and characters introduced in a book and then get their own story a couple books down the road. And of course, there are some themes that weave in and out of the stories. At the River’s Edge is book seven in the series, and it does stand alone. But, with most series, it’s going to be much more satisfying if you’d read previous books.I want to start by saying that I found the blurb for this book to be a little misleading. Yes, all that is stated in the blurb happens, but it happens in about a quarter of the book. In fact, as I was reading, I kept waiting for it to happen. Now, this isn’t to say I didn’t like the book. I did. I just felt the blurb wasn’t a true representation of the book.That said, I enjoyed Sophie and Jason and their romance. Sophie is a lawyer with ties to St. Dennis through her grandfather and brother. When a romance fails, she decides to move to St. Dennis to start over. Jason came to St. Dennis during the prior book in the series to be closer to his sister-in-law and nephew after his brother passed away. He decides to stay since his nephew is his only remaining relative and figures this is as good a place to settle as any. Sophie and Jason meet because her brother and his sister-in-law are getting married, but they’re also attracted to each other.Sophie is a strong woman starting over. She’s gone into law since it was expected of her. But now she’s rethinking the law thing and wants to open her own cafe. Her family doesn’t really support the idea, but it’s her dream and she’s determined to make it a reality. Jason on the other hand, doesn’t have much other than his nephew and a small start up landscaping business. But when he keeps running into Sophie and the sparks start flying, he find himself ready to start thinking of settling down. There are obvious bumps in the road to their happiness, what kind of romance would it be otherwise.In the end, this is a satisfying addition to the Chesapeake Diaries series. And I’m anxiously awaiting the next book.

  • Kristine
    2019-06-01 18:51

    Original review found at stars* I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*At the River's Edge is the 7th book in the Chesapeake Diaries. Although I did not read the previous books it was easy to follow along as a stand alone. There were many references to different characters that perhaps I would have been more familiar with had I read them but it did not disrupt the flow of the book. If anything it makes me want to go back and read the first six so that I can know all of their stories.This book is marketed as a romance or contemporary romance but I really think it is story about Sophie figuring out her direction and path in life. Does she join the family law firm like her brother and grandfather want her to or does follow her heart and open a restaurant like she has dreamt of since she was a teenager?There is romance but it doesn't really pick up until the second half of the book. Sophie has an instant attraction to Jason and I can't say that I blame her. He is good looking, a loving uncle and a respected (although new) member of the St. Dennis community. As luck would have it, the attraction is mutual and the potential for a great relationship starts. Just when things are looking up they have a huge disagreement over property and things seem to end before they really have a chance to begin. Sophie struggles with her feelings and what to do about the man that she isn't sure she wants to let go.Stewart does such an amazing job of describing the town of St. Dennis that it is almost a character in itself. I could easily visualise the landscape and all the little shops and restaurants and picture myself sitting at a table with all of the locals. I loved the sense of community throughout the book.I would recommend this book if you are a fan of sleepy romance stories with strong family and community ties. I will be checking out the first 6 books so that I can find out more about the members of the St. Dennis community.

  • Angela
    2019-06-18 11:43

    I've got to stop reading new books in a series when I haven't read the previous books in that series. I'm just so confused by the number of characters and I can't keep the relationships straight! At the River's Edge is the seventh book in the Chesapeake Diaries series. It's a fun read, but I would've enjoyed the subplots more had I been familiar with all the secondary characters. The main plot is terrific! Sophie leaves her old life in Ohio, moves south, joins the family law firm, and buys an old restaurant. In the process she meets handsome Jason, a new local landscaper who has become close friends with Sophie's grandfather. I had fun reading about the challenges of Sophie's and Jason's respective businesses, the small-town friendships they forged, and the community spirit they made themselves part of. Their romance seemed secondary to their positions in the community, but that was okay. I love a good, sweet, hometown story, and the Sophie-Jason romance was icing on the cake. Because I like an easy read, I enjoyed the positive, predictable plot direction. Sophie and Jason practicing forgiveness and humility (after their selfishness got in the way) brought a tear to my eye. The happy ending... Well... *sigh* ... I love a happy ending. An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karen
    2019-06-06 11:30

    4.5 stars! Sophia returns to St. Dennis to breathe after finding her fiance with another woman. She also is there for her brother's wedding and to help the family law firm as her Grandfather is retired and her brother is going on his honeymoon. While there, she looks at her life and finds out from her "ex" that the law firm she worked at in Calif. was giving a case close to her heart, to the woman sleeping with her ex. Disheartened, she decides to change her life. She meets Jason, a newcomer to town who is a landscaper and who is restoring her late grandmother's garden. Attraction sparks right away between the two, but they dance around each other at first. Looking thru town, Sophie finds and old diner and decides to buy it and also work at the law firm part time. This is another great story in one of my favorite contemporary series. The romance is sweet and the town and its people make it a great place to visit time and time again.I was given this ARC by Net Galley for an honest review. Thank you Net Galley!

  • Janeiowa
    2019-05-28 14:47

    Sophie Enright comes to St. Dennis after finding her significant other cheating with a co-worker from their DA office. She dreams of opening a restaurant and carries through on that dream. Male MC is Jason Bowers, brother-in-law of Brooke Bowers who is marrying Sophie's brother, Jesse, since Eric Bowers died in Iraq. Jason is a landscaper who's moved to St. Dennis to be near his nephew and only family, Logan Bowers, son of Eric and Brooke.3.5 stars-------Author seems unrealistic in having Brooke both own and operate a new breakfast/lunch restaurant and work 6 hours a day in her brother's law office. She's a lawyer, but hasn't yet passed the MD bar...but really? At restaurant from 4:00 am or so until 1:30 or 2:00 and then 6 hours a day at the law office??? When does she prep, get food in, clean...and sleep?

  • Gail
    2019-06-03 14:50

    Hero and heroine both want the same piece of land. She wants the old stone building for a restaurant, he wants it for a shop for his landscaping company. We learn this fairly early in the story, when the heroine's in town visiting her brother and grandfather after catching her boyfriend with someone else. Lots of stuff happens that is your basic ordinary life stuff. Her brother wants her to come join him at the family law firm, but she wants to cook. There's a wedding, a visit with mom, she goes home again to wind up the old job. Just... stuff. It was fairly interesting to read but not exceptionally angsty or conflictish. The moment when she realizes the business next door to her new restaurant has stinky mulch/ fertilizer just over the fence, while he realizes she's bought the property he wanted has drama. It's a nice story.

  • P.e. lolo
    2019-06-08 16:34

    In this story Sophie, is at a cross roads in her career and her personal life. She catches her boyfriend with the office s..t while she really needed help. That pushed her to the town her brother lived in and was going to be getting married in a few weeks. She makes many changes in her life and she decides to work with her brother as well. She also wants to open a restaurant. All of this takes place with her still trying to figure out if she wants to start a new relationship with the man who owns the property next to her restaurant. This makes for an entertaining story and were the town folk get involved as well since it is a small town. A good story and the characters are well thought out and it is easy to get caught up the storyline if you have not read any of the previous books.

  •  Gigi Ann
    2019-06-11 12:47

    My Thoughts...I've been reading this series (The Chesapeake Diaries) for a few years now, but I was a bit disappointed with this book. It just didn't draw me into the story. There are some aspects of the story I hated, they bordered on paranormal, which turns me off to this series. I wonder if some authors even understand what paranormal nonsense includes? This is the last book I will be reading in this series, because of the almost paranormal nonsense.This book is part of my personal library, and I awarded it 2 'floating down the river's edge' stars.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-17 18:33

    Where is the rest of the book? It ended and I had to page back because I couldn't believe that was it. Horribly disappointing. The entire book was a summary of the series before. It ended about where I was curious to see where it would go and interested to learn about the characters and the path they would take. So disappointed in this book.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-13 17:58

    Loved all the characters and the bond between the omen of St. Dennis. Here is Sophie finds her grandfather,and connects with him. Seeing the strength these women have,confirms the drive and determination that women really have. This story makes you yearn for life in a small town.

  • Marcy
    2019-06-11 15:58

    After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career.But Sophie’s labor of love becomes a bone of contention for her new neighbor Jason Bowers. The local landscaper has big plans for growing his business—until Sophie scoops up the property he’s got his eye on. And no amount of buyout offers or badgering from him will get her to budge. It’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. But when they’re paired up to work on a community project, they agree to put their differences aside, and sparks begin to fly. Then Sophie’s cheating ex suddenly shows up, looking for a second chance—and threatening to make Jason a third wheel just when his hotheaded feelings about Sophie were turning decidedly warmhearted. All Sophie wants is a new life and a true love. But what are the odds of having both

  • Jeanne
    2019-06-12 18:52

    Another good Chesapeake Diary story. This one is about Sophie Enright. She is a lawyer in Ohio and has come back to St. Dennis when she is betrayed by her boyfriend. She needs to reassess her life. She comes across an old closed restaurant and makes a leap of faith to open up this restaurant and fulfill her dreams of owning and operating her own restaurant. Of course, there is the new man in town, Jason Bowers, landscaper extraordinaire. There's mutual interest there. A good story. I like happy endings. 

  • Sparkle
    2019-06-03 17:44

    I haven't posted many reviews within the last year but I had to address this one to juxtapose the high ratings. Mystified. I've read this author's work before and one of my complaints has been too much mundane detail. But overall, I've liked her work. This was all detail and NO STORY. I read, and skimmed, to get to the story. Finally, I looked at the page number and realized this was it. Out of 549 pages, roughly 50 pages were devoted to interaction between the couple. This was ALL background, small town minutiae, and a summation of prior books and relationships.

  • Emsy Van Wyck
    2019-05-22 11:34

    Review: Five stars plus for Mariah Stewart's At the River's Edge where true love is found through faith, compassion, and forgivenessI am counting my blessings today. One blessing is what I term my reader OCD, an insatiable need to read series in order. When I received At the River's Edge by Mariah Stewart, book seven in her The Chesapeake Diaries series, I knew that I should read books one to six. What I hadn’t counted on was that there were more books from Stewart’s backlist that would elucidate the stories of The Chesapeake Diaries, specifically book two in her Last series, Last Words, which introduces readers to the town of St. Dennis and the characters of Police Chief Gabriel Beck and FBI agent Mia Shields.Why am I so happy and feeling blessed that I “had” to read additional books? Because they are just so wonderful! I have been having a Mariah Stewart moment here the past two days, and read not just book two in her Last series, but books one and three as well. I “needed” to know more about the Shields family. Really, I did.Now, I’m not going to say that you have to read any other books to enjoy At the River's Edge, book seven in Stewart’s The Chesapeake Diaries series. You really don’t have to as this is a self-contained novel. But may I strongly encourage you to do so? This is an author and series that you will want keep on your permanent book shelf for years to come. She’s created a true family, characters, and community that you’ll fall in love with too and I know you’ll want to follow their stories as I do. In fact, I’ll be searching out both her Enright Family series and other books that relate to the characters of St. Dennis.At the River's Edge is the story of Sophie Enright. sister of lawyer Jesse, and Jason Bower, brother-in-law of Brooke. (Brooke and Jason’s story isis told in book four, Hometown Girl.)Sophie, who is a prosecuting attorney in the Ohio town where she and Jesse grew up, discovers that her long-time boyfriend is cheating on her. Not only is he cheating on her, but he’s one of her colleagues at work and is doing the deed with the “office skank.” To clear her head, she makes the decision to visit Jesse and her grandfather Enright in St. Dennis and takes a week vacation from her job. While there, she discovers a special location that might be the outlet for a longterm dream of hers - a restaurant.Jason, who moved to St. Dennis after dissolving the Florida landscaping business he and his deceased brother founded, has just purchased part of his dream location, permanently locating his new landscaping business in St. Dennis. But he has his eye on a neglected property next door and is doing everything he can to purchase it to make his dream of a nursery garden retail location a reality.When Sophie and Jason encounter one another during this week-long visit, sparks begin to fly, but they’re a bit muted as neither one is serious about starting anything from a distance. What happens next? Will either of their dreams come true? Will those sparks be turned into flames and something lasting? Oh, you’ll just have to read At the River's Edge to find out!I love the way Stewart intertwines all the characters from the previous three books - as well as bringing in other characters like the Enrights (Jesse and Sophie’s half sisters and brothers) whose stories are contained in Stewart’s The Enright Family Collection: Devlin's Light, Moon Dance, and Wonderful You. In addition, there's a special treat as at the end of the book, Stewart shares some of the heirloom St. Dennis recipes she described with such mouth-watering success in At the River's Edge.For me it’s a bit like Christmas to find an author who can convey the sense of “knowing” that Stewart does in her stories. With each book I read, I felt more and more as though I could plug coordinates into my GPS and set my car south towards the Eastern Shore of Maryland to arrive at St. Dennis. Yes, I’m ready to “Discover St. Dennis,” grab a coffee at Cuppachino's, a dress or bag at Bling, stroll with a cone from Scoops, grab my favorite other sweet treat at Cupcake, and have breakfast or lunch at Blossoms, while spending my night at The Inn. Stewart has made me, as a reader, feel invested in her stories and her characters in a way that can only be said to be remarkable. So, I highly recommend that you add her books, if they are not already there, to your must-read list. They are just fabulous stories that are filled with true romance, humor, compassion, and life - real honest to goodness daily life.I’m awarding five stars to Mariah Stewart’s moving, beautiful romance At the River's Edge, that is a lesson in love, trust, true compassion, and faith.In addition, five stars are awarded to the entire Chesapeake Diaries series that should be added to your permanent must-read list. Each book in this series is a gem! Make sure to mark your calendars (I’ve marked mine) for 1 July 2014, when book eight On Sunset Beach will be released. I’ve been waiting for Grace’s son Ford’s story for a while and am happy to know that art dealer Carly will be returning to St. Dennis too. (Now, to know more about them, please read the series!)Fab Fantasy Fiction received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.

  • Michaela Osiecki
    2019-06-04 12:55

    Honestly, I couldn't even finish this one. I'm getting very tired of this series....Jason Bowers and Sophie Enright has 0% chemistry, and all of their interactions were just SO cringe-worthy and forced. The two have nothing in common at all except a piece of property they both NEED to own for some reason.

  • Ada Iaboni
    2019-06-16 12:33

    I've been enjoying this series of small town life and their inhabitants and trials almost as the series was written. A first for me.This one too, was a sweet story that helped a young attorney find her real passion in that small town.And, finding her true love....

  • Tina Yankovich
    2019-06-09 12:59

    I adore Xe Sands as the narrator!

  • Margreet Asselbergs
    2019-06-03 12:56 rating: 3 of 5 ⭐️Needing a break from her demanding job and to get away from her cheating ex who also works in the Assistant District Attorney's office, Sophie Enright grabs a week's vacation long overdue, and heads out to St. Dennis, Maryland. That's where her -soon to be married- brother Jesse lives and runs the family law firm by himself now, since their grandfather and uncle both retired. Sophie wants a chance to visit with him and her grandfather as well as figure out what direction her life should be going. One thing she knows for sure, the ADA's office is no longer making her happy.Once there, the small town charm draws Sophie in, as does the closed down building that once housed a restaurant at the edge of town. A long suppressed dream of hers to run a simple restaurant of her own comes back to life, when she looks at the possibilities the property offers, but not everyone is excited when she voices her ideas. So Sophie bides her time and does some research on her own.In the meantime, she is able to hand in her resignation, pack up her belongings and sell her condo. She is moving to St. Dennis and helping her brother stay on top of things at Enright & Enright. Having moved to St. Dennis to be closer to his nephew, the only living family member he has left after the death of his brother, Jason Bowers was glad he finally owned land to expand his landscaping business on. Now if he only could get his hands on the empty brick building adjacent to his land, his dream would be complete. He had some great plans for that building. But with the owner hanging on to it for now, he would just have to be patient. With his friend Jesse's sister Sophie new in town, he had no trouble thinking of a thing or two to keep him occupied!Before the sparks that are flying between Jason and Sophie can settle into a roaring fire, word gets out that without knowing of each other's interest in the property, Sophie had managed to buy the brick building for her restaurant. Realizing they are neighbours and the objects of each other's irritation, the heat they now ignite is of a different nature entirely. It will take some community involvement and a revisiting of past mistakes to find the path to some much needed compromise.....*****I have to admit, this is the first book in the series that I've read, and so I was a bit overwhelmed with the involvement of all the characters, but given that it is a 'typical' small-town series, I can see where you would be attracted to the group of them. Sophie is a child from a rather fragmented upbringing, having one brother and other than that step siblings coming out of the woodwork. Only recently having reconnected with her grandfather, she seems to have a loving relationship with her Pops. The whole Enright clan is a lawyer, so Sophie went in that direction as well and she enjoys it, but never quite LOVED it. She is at a point where she wants to make a choice based on what SHE wants to do and not what she thinks is expected of her. I completely appreciate that in a character and a person. She has to disappoint some people in order to take those steps, but the message here is that you have to be true to yourself before you can be true to anyone else.Jason is a different story altogether, a very tragic one at that. Other than his nephew, he has lost his entire family and will do whatever it takes to keep the connection with his only living relative. Even if it means selling a thriving business in Florida and moving to Maryland. He has been clear on what his dream was for years and can finally taste it, when he sees it slip through his fingers. A tough hit to take, but the possibility of losing the friendship, new family and perhaps love he realizes he has found would be much harder to lose. St. Dennis has already given him more than he had dared dream for.The characters are wonderful, their time together rather limited, surprisingly, so I didn't get a real sense of connection. I did enjoy their individual personalities in relationship to others. But most of the story, I found, was spent creating context and relatively little on the romantic development, which left me in a 'waiting' mode for a lot of the story, and a little bit let down. That doesn't take away from the quality of the writing, which is always good in Mariah Stewart's case. The flow and the connection weren't really there for me this time. But despite all that, I cannot give this book any less than 3 stars, since it is mostly my own interpretations and expectations that were somewhat disappointed. This is also why I am still offering it as a recommendation on my blog, because I know, armed with this review and perhaps a better idea than I had as to what to expect, you will truly get the best out of this book!!✨A gentle, small-town, feel-good story with a wink at the paranormal.✨**ARC provided by NetGalley and Ballantine Books in return for an honest review.**

  • Sue
    2019-05-20 13:57

    In At River's Edge by Mariah Stewart, after dumping her cheating boyfriend, Sophie is taking a much needed break from the big city and her job as a DA to go visit her brother and his fiancee in St. Dennis, Maryland. Her plan is to spend a couple of weeks in St. Dennis before her brother's wedding, and at the same time to think about where she wants to go with her life and career. Her brother is a lawyer also, working at the family law firm, the solo lawyer there since her Grandfather retired. He is kept very busy, and between him and Sophie's Grandfather, they are working hard to convince her to move to St. Dennis and work at the family law firm. Sophie is beginning to have other ideas though. Exciting ideas. She's thinking about what would make her happy, what she's always wanted to do. She likes being a lawyer, but she doesn't love it and it doesn't really make her happy. And while in St. Dennis, she begins to realize that her dream of opening her own restaurant and cooking might actually come true...especially when she finds the perfect (although run down) building right in St. Dennis. Is it even possible though? The last thing Sophie wants to do is disappoint her Grandfather, who she has only really gotten to know as an adult...but is her happiness worth the price? Or will she finally be able to do what she's always wanted to do, even if it's not what's always been expected of her? In the midst of all this, Sophie meets Jason. He's a newer resident of St. Dennis, a landscaper with his own business, and with his own ties to St. Dennis and Sophie's family. They both feels something when they are together and slowly this builds into a relationship that neither was looking for. Just as the relationship seems real and things are heating up, a disagreement between then and falling out about their separate businesses threatens to keep them apart. Will they be able to move past their business differences and keep the flame alive between them?In At the River's Edge, the romance of Sophie and Jason is really secondary to Sophie's quest to find her niche in life. The romance is strong, but even stronger is Sophie as she tries to find herself and her happy place. Mariah gives us a real small town feel in At the River's Edge...with all the neatly interwoven characters in a tightly knit community. I can picture St. Dennis in my mind's eye - even the run down building Sophie would love to purchase, Mariah's descriptions are so well written. Sophie and Jason are both great main characters that you can love! They are surprisingly similar in nature, both are friendly, thoughtful, and want to make other people happy. They both have family issues to deal with, very different, but very emotional all the same. I saw some great character growth between Sophie and Jason, and Mariah gives us enough time in At the River's Edge that nothing is rushed, but you don't feel bored or that the story is dragging out. Mariah throws in a touch of paranormal that leaves you wanting more of that part of the story and I'm hoping we'll get more in future books. This leads me to Sophie's grandfather and a host of other secondary characters who really add zest to At the River's Edge. I have read all of the other stories in this series, and do believe you will have a better understanding of the relationships and all the people if you have read them also before you read At the River's Edge. It can be read alone, but the character's might be a bit harder to follow without the background. The journalling that Grace (from the newspaper) does throughout At the River's Edge (and all the other books in this series) really bring a neat perspective to the story and help explain a few things. I did enjoy catching up with character's from previous books. I also really like the multi-generational aspect in At the River's Edge.Mariah gives us another wonderful romance and life message in At the River's Edge. As you read she will make you think about love, life, and self fulfillment. I'd recommend At the River's Edge to any romance reader!

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-06-15 17:50

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mariah Stewart launches her latest novel in the Chesapeake Diaries series, At River's Edge! If you love romance stories set in a small seaside village, much like Debbie Macomber's Cedar Creek series, you will definitely want to grab these. This is her seventh novel in the series and like most readers who become addicted to their favorite author's series, I am thrilled that Mariah didn't stop at the standard three novels in a series. And before you ask, yes there is going to be an eighth novel which you get a sneak peek at when you get to the end of this one. You can read these as stand alones, but in order to understand who all the characters are that are referenced in these novels, you will want to start at the beginning. I have listed them in order at the conclusion of this review for your reference and buying list. In At River's Edge, we are introduced to Sophie Enright who is a hard working and successful prosecutor for the DA's office who literally had the world at her fingertips. Great job, Chris, a man who she had fallen in love with, and was in the beginning stages of taking that next step when she found him with someone else in the backseat of his car in the parking ground of the law firm they both work at. Now thrown for a tailspin and having to face him and her every day at the office, she is looking for a change of pace. Perhaps even a change in career and place to live, so she takes some time off of work and heads to visit her brother, Jessie who lives in St. Dennis to spend some time getting a different perspective on what to do next and to spend time with him before his wedding to Brooke.Jesse tries to convince Sophie to join the family law firm Enright and Enright who have been practicing law in St. Dennis as far back as any of them can remember. With her uncle and grandfather having retired, Jesse has more than enough cases for her to join the firm.Only she's not sure if she wants to continue in law or try something else, like running a diner, if she can find a building she can rent that is affordable, something she has always LOVED doing since she spent her summers working as a short order cook, but Jesse thinks she's crazy to try anything like that. However when an abandoned piece of property that used to be a former restaurant comes on the market, perhaps Sophie's dreams are just beginning to fall in place after all. I received At River's Edge by Mariah Stewart compliments of TLC Book Tours and Ballantine Books for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. It's hard not to rush through this book because you just want redemption of some sort for Sophie after everything she has gone through with Chris, that you are turning pages as fast as you can. Yet at the same time, the story is so good you don't want it to end. Ah power struggle until the next book comes out in the Spring of 2014. There are such a host of secondary characters like the mysterious ghost of Rose, Sophie's grandmother that died twenty years ago that still frequents the house her grandfather lives in alone. Her fragrance of gardenia's is always present when she is near even though no gardenias are present in the house or in the garden, and it provides a sense of lasting romance that carries over from Sophie's grandparents and hoping that she, too can find love that transcends the passage of time like they have. A poignant love story of what all romance is about and just in time for Valentine's Day. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for On Sunset Beach in the Spring! A must read for romantics at heart.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-23 16:30

    Mariah Stewart does it again with a charming tale of a woman trying to decide where she wants to go in life, a man determined to make St. Dennis his home after leaving the memories and loss in Florida. The sparks between Jason and Sophie is instant and the minute they both get on the page together, I could see Jason is just perfect for Sophie. I loved how these two danced their way around each other and the author does a wonderful job in letting the reader experience small town life in her Chesapeake Shores series. The writing is tight, story flows nicely and the ending is a pure delight in my opinion. Ms. Stewart is my go to author when I need a pick me up after a rough day and she never fails to disappoint in her Chesapeake Shores books. They are just a perfect read anytime of the year to enjoy.Meet Sophie and Jason. Sophie has the world at her fingertips with a job at the DA’s, a man she is falling for and more. That is until she spies him in the backseat of his car with another woman than look out, Sophie is determined to reevaluate her life and that is including Chris, the two timing rat. I got to admit I was rooting for Sophie the minute she flew on the page. I wanted her to dump Chris, find love elsewhere and more. She is a wonderful character who comes across as a person at a crossroads in her life. Does she want to continue with the law field or make her dream of running a restaurant a reality? The author does a marvelous job in capturing Sophie’s conflicted emotions as she wavers between doing what is comfortable to her or taking that frisk with something new.Jason Bowers moved to St. Dennis to start over after his brother died and he sold their landscaping business there. As he finds himself drawn to Sophie he also isn’t looking for love right now but there is something about Sophie that just draws him to her. That is until she buys the property next to his business and he is disgruntled to find out that no amount of money will change her mind in selling it to him. I loved how Sophie made Jason see that her dreams are just as important as his are. The author shows the reader how important this is to Sophie and how she sticks to her guns, which left me smiling, especially as some familiar secondary characters make their opinions known. The characters are very well written, so much so they fairly leap off the pages when you open AT THE RIVER’S EDGE. I really loved seeing some of my favorite characters from past books pop in throughout the story and there was a few sub-plots that had me wanting more when the last page was read.AT THE RIVER’S EDGE is a wonderful written romantic story that leaves you breathless in the end. I am looking forward to the next installment in this captivating series and hope the author doesn’t leave us hanging for the next book. If you enjoy small town charm in your stories with intriguing characters then try one of the Chesapeake Shores stories and settle in for hours of reading enjoyment.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-10 11:41

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to read and review.Having read all the previous books in the Chesapeake Dairies series, I was familiar St. Dennis, Maryland, a small town on the Bay and with most of the characters in the story. This book tells the story of two people, Jason and Sophie. Jason, proprietor of a landscape business, came to St. Dennis because the widow of his brother and her son live there, and he wants to remain close to his nephew, his only living relative. Sophie Enright is a lawyer who is burnt out from her years as an ADA and who is reeling after a break up with a man she found cheating on her. Sophie comes to St. Dennis to visit her brother Jesse and her grandfather, Curtis Enright, both of who are well known citizens of the town. The Enright and Enright family law firm is the town’s most important businesses. Though her brother and grandfather would prefer Sophie join the firm, since only Jesse is left as the one lawyer to handle everything, Sophie is immediately drawn to a run-down restaurant which she hopes to buy, refurbish and open. However, unbeknown to her, Jason owns the property next door and has set his sight on the restaurant building and land to expand his business. To complicate matters more, Sophie also does not know who owns the property next door or that Jason has his eye on the same property as she does. What happens when she settles on the property and starts to refurbish the place makes for an interesting story. I immediately was drawn to both Jason and Sophie. Jason is a great guy, friendly and helpful to everyone—the kind of guy every single woman wishes she could meet. Sophie is another great person, also friendly and helpful to everyone, and another every single guy would like to meet. Sparks fly between the two from the very first time they meet, but the author has managed to prolong their eventual coming together so well that you barely realize what she is doing. The town of St. Dennis is one I would not mind living in, if I had the opportunity. Though small, there is a small-town goodness appeal that you can hardly avoid growing to love almost from the start. Those who have read the other books in the series will recognize other, well-known and loved characters sprinkled throughout the stories, who sometime help things along and who often create the situation where things happen. However, this book can be read as a stand-alone book, for anyone not familiar with the other books in the series. I enjoyed this story of Sophie and Jason as much as I have the other books in the series and look forward more in the series. Anyone who enjoys a good, heart-warming story of two people or of life in a small town will enjoy this story, or anyone tired of the routine novels we find today and is looking for something a bit different will enjoy this one.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-10 15:38

    Summary from Goodreads:"After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career."My Thoughts:This book was the perfect reminder of how much I enjoyed my reading experience last year with this series. I've been meaning to go back to the beginning to see how it all started but I haven't taken the time. Reading this book has me determined to do just that as soon as possible! The thing about these books is that they are just so easy to immerse yourself in. I found myself lost within the pages. Thanks to all of the descriptions of the town, I am starting to feel like I know St. Dennis. I can certainly picture this picturesque town in my mind! Although this book is labeled as romance, I felt like it was definitely more focused on Sophie and her growth as an individual. I found that really refreshing! I loved seeing her take chances with her future and really go for her dreams. It had me rooting for her! The romance that developed between Sophie and Jason felt completely natural to me. They didn't rush into anything but instead took the time to get to know each other slowly. I really liked that. I will admit that the romance between the two of them felt more like a second side story rather than the main storyline, but I was really okay with that. In the end the best part of the book was watching Sophie grow and blossom.All in all, I found this to be a quiet but comforting read. I really, really am enjoying this series which makes me eager to get back to this series as soon as possible. I love how character driven these books are and how the author has created such an amazing town that I would love to live in. I can't wait to start back with the first book! This series is becoming a must read when I need a change of pace from all of the thrillers and mysteries that I have been reading. I would definitely recommend this series to both fans of women's fiction and fans of contemporary romance. Bottom Line: An easy way to spend the evening lost in the pages. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a TLC book tour. Thoughts are my own!

  • patti voss
    2019-05-20 14:41

    Good bookGood book, good author. I have read several books by Mariah Stewart and enjoyed every one and look forward to enjoying many more.

  • Lorna
    2019-05-31 17:36

    This book is part of the Chesapeake Diaries series and takes place in the small town of St. Dennis in Maryland, as are all of these books. I have read all of them and I guess I will keep reading them as long as the author keeps writing them. They are all heartwarming romances and while I don’t read many “just romances” any more, this is one series that I really enjoy. I have also read most of this author’s women in jeopardy, suspense novels, which is why I started reading this series in the first place. I find her to be a very good story teller, whether it be romance or suspense.Sophia Enright is a big city lawyer with a real jerk of an ex-boyfriend. After she catches him in a compromising position, she decides she needs to get away from everything. She goes to St. Dennis, the home of her grandfather, brother and his soon to be wife. Jason Bowers is a landscaper and is fairly new to St. Dennis. After his brother and business partner dies in Iraq, he moved his business to St. Dennis to be closer to his only relative, his nephew.As with all of these books, I really liked the romance but even more than that, I really liked that most of the characters have had their own book already, so you feel like you are catching up with characters that you already know and like. All of the characters are either family, knew each other all their lives or are new to town and need their happily ever after.Of course there are things that go wrong in the relationships in these books. True love doesn’t always run smoothly and all that. How boring would a book be without some strife! So that’s something else I liked about this book.For all those that like to cook, the author has included the recipes that have been mentioned in the book. Another plus, there’s actually a sort of ghost story involved in a small, but very charming way.Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? Not really. The romance was good, the characters-with the exception of her ex-boyfriend-are all good characters, and the story was very readable. So yes I liked the book and would recommend it to all people that like heartwarming romances with a few sexual- but not explicit- situations. (