Heartbreak River

Originally written as Tricia Mills

Heartbreak River

Alexandra Landon once loved running the Grayton River through the Colorado canyons near her home and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life but continuing the family’s river rafting business. But that was before her father died in a rafting accident and she developed a full-fledged fear of drowning. It’s been nearly a year since her father’s death, and the arrival of another summer means Alex has to face the river, the question of whether she can ever recapture her love of rafting, and the return of co-worker and former boyfriend Sean Kenley.

One way or the other, this summer is going to change Alex’s life forever.

Note: This is the second edition of this book, the first time it’s been available outside the U.S. or in electronic form. It was originally released in mass-market paperback form under the author name Tricia Mills from Razorbill Books.

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Raves & Reviews

“Mills builds suspense in both the romance and the moving drama
of family secrets and loss. The fast talk and Alex’s first-person narrative are
right on, especially in the scenes of quarrels. Best of all is the setting,
which is powerfully described in scenes of Alex struggling to overcome her phobia
and return to the wild rushing river she loves.”

— Hazel Rochman, Booklist

“Filled with exciting rafting expeditions, parties, fights,
flirtations, betrayals, jealousies…”

— Catherine Ensley, School Library Journal

“Tricia Mills has crafted a complex and vivid story of love, grief, and
the slow process of healing set in the beautiful, wild and dangerous country
of rural Colorado. Mills’ characters are authentic, varied, and fallible
in their own unique ways, but each of them contributes a realistic
and personable undercurrent to the novel. … Mills balances the moments of grief
and the moments of happiness, efficiently reminding readers of the heartaches
and joys of life, and the importance of never giving up on living, making
for a stellar, quick, and emotional first novel.”

The Compulsive Reader blog

“Heartbreak River swept me away. Tricia has an alluring style
that sucks you into the story.”

The Story Siren blog

“This was almost exactly the kind of story I hope for when I find out
a book has a romantic element. I loved it!”

Pop Culture Junkie blog

“This is a really romantic novel…with the story centering around
Alex and Sean’s rekindling romance. Plus, there’s lots of other great characters
who work with Alex, and they all react differently
to each other … and make for great reading.”

— Lisa May, Look at That Book blog

“Heartbreak River gives us a different spin on some difficult issues — the death
of a parent, the war in Iraq, and the importance of friendship.”

— Em’s Bookshelf blog