Pre-publication review of this excellent story –so not the real book cover, just a mock-up for illustration purposes.
Independent River is a beautifully written love story set against the breathtaking backdrop of Canada’s wilderness. The author’s passion for the outdoors, and knowledge, shines through every page, immersing readers in the stunning landscapes and thrilling adventures of the women-only outward-bound trips. The fledgling company is set up by, Bristol, our central character, hot on the heels of her divorce. We are given a free golden ticket to join the maiden camping and kayaking trip. The travelogue elements are skilfully woven into the narrative, providing a vivid read with every page painting a landscape. And the concise but action-packed format of the book gives us a compelling story with well-researched details.
The characters in Independent River are likeable and relatable, adding depth to the narrative. While the story follows the classic arc of a love story, it’s injected with additional layers making it so much more. I loved the description of ‘place’ but we also have Bristol’s defining herself and exploring the complexities of relationships and personal growth. The pacing is perfect, keeping the reader engaged throughout.
I have to mention the placement description again because it made this book for me. Beyond the love story, it excels in its sublime descriptions of the Canadian wilderness, I was captivated and it made me want to visit. Bristol takes us to the heart of the wilderness and we feel the pulse of the adventure as we read. The story is a celebration of love and the resilience of the human spirit. No spoilers, but the first trip isn’t without incident and the pace and tension are excellent The narrative and vivid characters are second only to the drama of River herself. And you have to read about Summit, she’s my favourite character.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.