HARVEST MOON is the third book in the Riverbend series by Denise Hunter. Its Gavin’s story and it is sure to pull on the reader’s heart strings. It is the story I have been waiting for the most. It will surely give you all the feels, let me tell you. My emotions were all over the place and I was giggling one minute and tearing up, the next. I really liked the setting of the small town of Riverbend and the connection to the Appalachian Trail and its history.  I really got to know the people of this beautiful, small North Carolina town and I also knew I would fall more in love with all of these characters as each book released.

HARVEST MOON is a wonderful story of a suddenly orphaned child that will worm her way into your heart. Hang on to your seats! The twists and turns will keep you flipping the pages long into the night. Gavin and Laurel were married but after a tragic accident and the death of their young son, they divorced. Gavin carries so much guilt about that. Now they find themselves back together trying to figure out who is best to raise Mike and Mallory’s little girl, Emma. Both want to raise her, neither will give an inch. Now what? Not to mention the fact that both Laurel and Gavin are both grieving their best friend’s deaths. Emma is so adorable and she will steal your heart very quickly!

HARVEST MOON is a quick read that you can easily read in one sitting and love every minute of it. It is one heck of a crazy emotional roller coaster ride. Gavin and Laurel will finally confront their feelings of losing their son with each other. Talk about a tissue moment! I was sobbing! I have never met a Denise Hunter book that I didn’t love and once I started reading I knew I was going on one heck of an emotional journey! Whatever you are reading, put it down, and run and get this book! If you’ve never read a Denise Hunter novel (and you know who you are) this would be a perfect one to hook you! I’m very sad that this is the last book in the trilogy and I have to learn to let these caring and beautiful people go.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given. 


When a tragedy leaves a divorced couple with guardianship of their friends’ little girl, Laurel and Gavin drop everything for the sake of the child. Meanwhile, a case worker begins searching for a more suitable arrangement, and the estranged couple move into their friends’ home to provide temporary care for Emma and manage the on-property apple orchard. As they work together to comfort the grieving child and manage the busy harvest, tempers flare—as does the passion they both remember so well. But will the seeds of love, still growing inside them, thrive and flourish? Or will grief and regret strangle the feelings before they can fully blossom?


Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 40 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her first novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently enjoying an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website; Facebook: @AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: @deniseahunter.

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  1. Wonderful review, Susan. I also read this book this week and absolutely loved it! I wanted to hear Gavin’s story and it was the best one yet. I too, am sad it ended, but know she will have another wonderful series or trilogy coming up.

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