Monday, March 15, 2021

Summer by the River

I’m delighted today to share with you a new release by author Debbie Burns, SUMMER BY THE RIVER.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 2, 2021)

Language: English
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 172821713X
ISBN-13: 978-1728217130

Debbie Burns combines her love for rescue dogs with a compelling woman's journey in her brand-new romantic women's fiction.

Making a fresh start in a new part of the country is challenging, but fate and good fortune lead young single mother Josie Waterhill and her six-year-old daughter to a cozy Midwestern town right on the river. There, Josie can raise Zoe away from the violence of the life she once knew and make a new home in the historic tea house where they've been invited to stay.

The tea house seems too good to be true, until Josie's elderly landlord Myra welcomes more guests―journalist Carter O'Brien and his giant rescue dog, Buttercup. Carter is charming, compassionate...and way too curious. Carter's interest in Josie deepens and he inadvertently stirs up trouble when he uncovers things that Josie would rather not have known. Ready or not, Josie has to let go of her painful past so she can create a glorious future.

Meet the Author

Debbie Burns lives in St. Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which, of course, always leads to new story ideas.

Debbie's writing commendations include a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for A New Leash on Love, as well as first-place awards for short stories, flash fiction, and longer selections. While her books have earned many awards and commendations, her favorite praise is from readers who’ve been inspired to adopt a pet in need from their local shelter.

For more on Debbie and her writing, you can connect with her on the following sites:

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t the combination of rescue dogs and romance sound intriguing? Doesn’t living in a historic tea house sound like fun?


  1. I would love to live by a river - and applaud anyone who supports rescue dogs/cats/
    Congratulations Debbie. I hope your work goes from strength to strength.

  2. Great review thank you. This sounds very good

  3. I just started this yesterday and I already love it!

  4. And she owns real rescue dogs - good for her!

  5. I love the addition of rescues as part of the theme!

  6. What a great setting and context for this story, Mason. And I do like the layer of past secrets yet to be discovered. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Hi Mason - what a great fun author Debbie appears to be - the setting and story sound ideal for these times ... stay safe - Hilary


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