Wedding Bells

A Rivers End Romance Novella (Jenna+Isaac=HEA) (The MacAllisters of Rivers End, Book 4)
By: CJ Hunt
Narrated by: Suzanne T. Fortin
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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"CJ Hunt writes morsels of delight, filled with vivid relationships. They are my comfort food-reading." (Mary Robinette Kowal, Romantic Times Award-winning author)

When Jenna Murphy escaped to Isaac MacAllister’s Big River Lodge last winter, she was the Christmas gift he didn’t know he needed. Now, she’s moved to Rivers End for good, and he and his six-year-old daughter, Sara, couldn’t be happier. Isaac knows what he wants. But he can’t seem to find the perfect moment to pop the question.

Jenna has been in Rivers End for several months, and business is thriving. But she’s been too wrapped up in Isaac to even unpack her apartment. When his ex rolls into town after five years, she brings a sports carload of unfinished business with her. Sidelined by the drama, Jenna knows she should strike out on her own. But how can she when all she wants is to be a part of Isaac and Sara’s life?

Come back to Rivers End and see if Isaac and Jenna get the happily ever after they deserve....

While all the Rivers End stories can be listened to as stand-alones, you may want to listen to each mini-series in order to preserve any plot surprises and get the full picture of how the characters lives weave together! The following is the suggested listening order:

The MacAllisters of Rivers End:

  1. Silver Bells (Isaac and Jenna, beginnings) 
  2. Tipsy (Shannon and Lucas)
  3. Reindeer Games (Ginger and Eli)
  4. Wedding Bells (Isaac and Jenna, happily ever after) 

The O'Donnells of Rivers End:

  1. The List (Selina and Connor)

The Martinez Family of Rivers End:

  1. Maybe (Lucie and Daniel)

The Witches of Rivers End (romance with a touch of magic):

  • 0. Trick or Treat (Mona and Garrett) newsletter subscriber exclusive freebie!
  • 1. Merry (Merry and Dillon) 
  • 2. Oona (Oona and Sam)
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Everyone deserves a happy ending

Everyone deserves a happy ending (an audio review)

I first visited Rivers End about a year ago, listening to Jenna and Isaac’s story. Recently I’ve picked up the series again and am bingeing on the audios. I was thrilled to see that this book is the culmination of this through-line and a happily ever after for my favorite couple. Isaac owns the Big River Lodge and runs it while caring for his daughter Sara. He’d been a single dad for almost as long as Sara had been alive, so when a guest arrived who knocked him for a loop, he was careful about giving up his heart and letting Jenna come close to Sara. Didn’t take long for him to fall in love and dream of making them a real family.

There are a few things holding him back, not the least his ex-wife Lauren. Just when he’s on the verge of asking Jenna to move in, Lauren turns up. To say she has ill intentions would be an understatement. I’m not always a fan of making a female character the complete villain in the story and there was some dimensionality to Lauren, but not much. She is a truly vile woman who doesn’t care who she hurt. Her indifference to Sara hurt my heart. I’m not a mother, but I like to believe most women love their children. That she’d left when Sara was infant was probably a good hint that the maternal gene passed her over.

This book is a chance to also catch up on other couples. Lucas and Shannon play a big role in this book. Shannon is Isaac’s younger sister and Lucas is Lauren’s brother. He’s a good guy, but wants nothing to do with his sister’s manipulations of those around him. We also see Jenna’s brother Eli and his girlfriend Ginger. Eli had his redemption in the last story and his gift to Jenna shows how much he’s grown as a man.

I love the town of Rivers End. I grew up in a town much like it and remember clearly how close-knit the community really was. I miss that sometimes, although having people always up in your business isn’t always great. But there are times when those close to you can rally around you. Isaac’s employee Teri and her son Max benefit from having those around them who care.

Suzanne T. Fortin narrated this book along with most of the other books in the series and she’s a great choice. This book is set in a small Canadian town and her lack of distinctive accent works well for these books. I’ve enjoyed my time with these characters and there are more books that I’ll be diving into.