Where the river bends
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Where the River Bends – Elsa Winckler – Book Review

Where the River Bends differs greatly from the stories I usually read. This book was set in South Africa, a location I haven’t bookationed to before. It was beautifully written with depth  not often found in romance novels.

Where the River Bends


Publication Date:  July 20, 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Source: Publisher
Story Rating: 5/ 5


Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.


Kalinda and Zack’s love story was intricately woven between historical facts about the Anglo-Boer war and a ghost story.

On paper, I shouldn’t have enjoyed this book. I avoid paranormal romances like the plague, I don’t appreciate history as much as I should and I detest the parts of our history where we kill each other for stupid reasons. Yet I couldn’t seem to walk away. Perhaps it was the adorable cover that pulled by in. Whatever it was, I found myself enthralled by this story right to the very last page.

You see, I made myself a cup of coffee and curled up on the couch intending to read a few pages and decide if I should add this one to my schedule. Five hours later the book was finished and my coffee was cold.

For a book that I’m going to recommend to pretty much everyone who will listen, this is actually a difficult review to write. I don’t want to accidentally give anything away because I think this book is best approached without expectations.

This was a sweet romance with just enough hints of darkness to keep things interesting. It was clean enough to recommend to my mother but the ending is still satisfying.

Overall Where the River Bends was a beautiful story that had me captured in its pages from start to finish. I want to say it would make a good beach read. But if you’re anything like me you’ll forget to reapply your sunscreen and end up burnt. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon curled up on the couch.

If you enjoy sweet love stories, you might also enjoy Take a Chance on Me or Ryder’s Ridge



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