Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment -- to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned -- stirring up past conflicts like a whirlwind...and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil.
Kara has struggled back from a disastrous marriage to build a new life for herself and her little girl -- a peaceful existence now jeopardized by vicious, small town politics, by her daughter's fanciful ghost stories...and by Ryan's return. Now nature's impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. And Kara must join with the enigmatic, misunderstood Ryan -- to discover the truth that will save their families.... and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.
"A superlative novel that proves everyone can indeed go home again." Debbie Macomber
"Barbara Freethy delivers strong and compelling prose ..." Publishers Weekly
"I couldn't put this book down. The characters where brought to life as the pages turned. Ryan, oh Ryan.. What he went through along with his brother, Andrew, his father Jonas. A broken family.. Untold Secrets, and the lied they told themselves. A truly moving story. Ryan is courageous, smart, hot !!" Krystal - Goodreads Review on Ryan's Return
"This book kind of has a Nora Robertsish feel to it for me, I really enjoyed it. It has romance, family drama, small town politics, and even a little paranormal aspect thrown in. If you're looking for a sweet, tug-at-your-heartstrings, easy read this is it!" Shannon - Goodreads Review
"What an exhilarating read! I loved the characters each believing in their knowledge of the truth. Truths that in actuality were misjudgment that they allowed to rule their lives. The river for me actually became a living breathing person that controlled ,guided , destroyed and finally brought understanding and love to the characters in the story.The bonds between father and sons , mother's and daughters were so real and heartrenching that you couldn't help but identify with their struggles , fears ,passions weaknesses and finally cling in to their own recognition of the real truth and how it released them to finally embrace the life they were meant to live." Simone – Goodreads Review on Ryan's Return
"Rising contemporary star Barbara Freethy hammers home deep and complex emotions in RYAN'S RETURN, a wonderful and powerful book." Romantic Times Magazine
"A powerful story of families shattered years ago, and brought together by love, RYAN'S RETURN is a compelling read no one should miss." GEnie Romance and Women's Fiction Exchange."
"Ryan's Return is a beautiful and touching tale of redemption and second chances for people who believe in neither." Affaire de Coeur Magazine