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mary kathryn
I thought that this book was very good. I really liked the characters especially Louisa and Anthony. I was much surprised about the ending and ended up reading late into the night. I am happy that I decided to read this book and recommend that you read this book.
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peggy martinez
I've had a book going for 20 years and never once did I read an Amanda Quick story, or any other books under her different names. I picked this one up last week, deciding to give her a try-and couldn't put it down once I started it. It grabbed me right from the beginning with a good plot, good characters, good suspense and great writing. I loved Anthony right from the beginning and Louisa was extremely likeable. Both investigating the same man, for entirely different reasons, they team up and work together in what is a story that flows right along, has great dialogue and I love the wit AQ gives her characters. He's a handsome, rich eccentric and she's a dowdy widow, and together they search for answers and eventually begin an illicit affair. The entire book was completely enjoyable and now I'll have to get more. Great read!
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brad blondes
I am always excited when a new Amanda Quick OR Jayne Ann Krentz novel comes out and I buy them straight away. And USUALLY I find that my money is well spent. This time however I feel a little ripped off! The River Knows started out so well. Our Heroine Louisa Bryce is a sensation writer who is set on uncovering the truth about Lord Hastings. But this is not the only thing she trys to keep secret. Louisa is also wanted for murder. Our hero of the piece is Anthony Stalbridge a man set on finding justice for his fiance who commited suicide.. Or did she? I found this book fabulous with lots of shocking surprises.. that is until the final chapters. Quick ends the book quite suddenly by [SPOILER ALERT!] having her hero calmly admit that he has no problem with Lousia actually being the notorious Miss Barclay. And he has no problem with her being a murderer! Instead he informs her that they will be married! I was eagerly waiting for the betrayal shock and guilt to arise from this final confrontation however the book ended on a rather hollow and dull note. Definately not one of Quick or Krentz best novels but still quite enjoyable. I suggest getting it from the library that way you wont feel ripped off like myself.
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hannah bloom
This book contains far too much mystery and far too little romance. The love scenes are too forced, and there is no chemistry between the hero and the heroine. There is almost no trademark AQ humor. I bought this book because I had to wait for 8 hours on an airport and needed something to do. I somehow managed to read majority of this book while waiting, but when I got home it took me about a week to read the final few chapters. I just didn't care about what happens. I guess this book is OK for AQ fans, but don't expect too much from it.
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edvige giunta
"The River Knows" is so much like other Amanda Quick novels that, if you have read other Amanda Quick novels, you have, for the most part, read this one already, word for word, scene for scene, character for character.

That wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing -- sometimes, when you are looking for comfort reading, a bit of predictability can feel cozy.

But this book isn't just predictable, it's lifeless. I didn't sense any enjoyment on the part of the author in conveying this story. Rather, I kept thinking, "Why did she bother? Doesn't she already have enough money?"

I never got a sense of either main character. I never got a sense of the villain, either. I kept waiting for a scene that would let me *see* who these characters were -- see their facial features, their eyes, their attire. That scene never came. I felt cheated. I wondered if the author just forgot, or decided that readers didn't care? I cared.

I'm not a big reader of romance novels -- the first one I ever read was Amanda Quick's "Paid Companion." I found that book funny, smart, engaging, with just enough substance under the fun, and a real page turner.

I read a couple of more novels by Quick, and, while they were fun, neither was as good as "Paid Companion." But they had enough going for them that I wasn't sorry I'd picked them up.

"The River Knows" was a real disappointment. I really can't remember anything positive that I'll take away from it, not a character I really liked, or hated, or an especially felicitious turn of phrase, or a particularly nifty plot complication.
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The River Knows was an excellent read. I enjoyed it as much as the many other Quick novels I've read. The only criticism I have is that I did not get to know Louisa Bryce or Anthony Stalbridge well enough. There was a great emphasis on the intrigue of the story which worked for me since I love mysteries, but I would have liked more details about who they were. I wonder if she will write other books featuring these characters. I hope so. If she writes another book, I hope she fleshes out the characters more so that we feel as though we really know them.
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helen callaghan
A pleasing amount of suspense and romance, but short on the humor that Most of Ms. Quick's books have. And there's no dog.
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rita dewitt
I love Amanda Quick's writing style-smart, funny and very romantic. I high high hopes for her newest book. While the book had it's moments of brillance, the balance of the story was too formulaic to spare the story of it's average appeal. The problem was in the author's attempt to write a "romance + mystery", she failed to make either stand out. While the hero and heroine were both likeable characters, not enough time was spent on their burgeoning romance.

Don't get me wrong-the good parts were very good, but too much of the same ole same ole made Ms. Quick's newest tome a book look for used, and not a keeper.

3 stars.
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lashann man
One thing I really like about AQ/JAK's novels is that not only does she create fascinating characters and excellent plots, but she also manages to capture the mood and atmosphere of whatever period she is writing about.

While I was hoping for another Arcane Society novel, this Victorian suspense novel is still a very good read. The characters are ambivalent about each other, which makes the conclusion that much more satisfying, and the secondary characters nicely contribute to the fabric of the book.
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I found this to be the best Amanda Quick story in long time. I love all of her stories, but this one is more like her earlier stories. It was so good I reread the book a week later to remember all the details. I enjoyed both characters, Louisa was strong and intelligent, Anthony was accepting of her intelligence and his family was wonderful. I hope Ms. Quick writes a story for Anthony's sister, Clarice, she was one of the best parts of the story. The secondary characters were all very interesting to me. I was also glad that Ms. Quick left out any paranormal or Arcane Society in this book. I have enjoyed those stories, but it was good to see a different type story.
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I really enjoy the old Amanda Quick books. I have read most of her books written under her other names (Jayne Castle). The only problem is that she is reusing the plots and scenes from old books. This plot of this book was very similar to her other stories and some of the scene actually reminded me of scenes from her other books. I used to buy Amanda Quick books now I just check them out from the library. She has not written a book for my keeper shelf in years. Basically if you have read Amanda Quick's other books then you have read this one. If you are just looking for something to read then read this. This book is like a loaf of bread-plain but filling. But otherwise look for something else.
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margaret murtagh
Great read--intrigue and romance. Spunky heroine and honorable enigmatic hero. Supportive characters add interest and depth to the story.
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rachel martin
There were a few things that bothered me about The River Knows. First the story just seemed to grope along at a snail's pace. I didn't find to many parts in the story that kept me in suspense, which is unusual for Amanda Quick. She always seemed to have knack for blending, suspense, romance and humor with characters that you enjoy. I've always enjoyed Amanda Quick and normally the heroine is strong, with a mysterious flare, but this book sort of let me down. But despite these criticisms, I still thought the book was a worthwhile read and I'll continue to buy her books.
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melissa ross
Another Amanda Quick dazzler!
I love her novels, and so look forward to the next!
I need not worry, as soon as I see her name as author, the book is in my cart!
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I really tried to like this one but to me it was just boring. I finally skimmed through it. I usually enjoy Historical romances with some mystery but none of this just rang true to me. I got so tired of the formal language which I relaize is Victorian style but when Jessica keeps referring to Anthony as "sir" even when they are having an affair simply got on my nerves. There were some secondary characters that were interesting, yet I found myself putting the book down thinking I will come back later which is very unusual for me when I'm reading. Some reviewers liked it so I realize we all have different tastes. Perhaps I should stick to the books she writes under the Jayne Ann Krentz name as I usually like those, though I have liked some of the ones under the Amanda Quick name. This one just lacked something I couldn't put my finger on. I simply couldn't keep my interest in it.
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This is a lovely quick read of a Victorian time. It is amusing, innocent by today's standards; thus it was a delightful day's diversion.

Louisa was sweet, smart and innocent at the same time. Anthony was wonderfully written and I bought the whole thing.

This was a fun romance/mystery. No blood and guts to mess up your mind. Just an excellent way to spend some time.
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melissa horton
This was well written with the characters well developed. As always, there is humor and misunderstandings when it comes to the two lead characters. I found this one of her better efforts and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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jennie hyman
This was a suspenseful and intriguing story.
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I really enjoy her books and this one was no different. I really enjoyed the romance between the main characters. They mystery was pretty predictable but a good read. The sex scenes were a little disappointing and silly but not enough to take away from the overall read.
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natalie millon
The River knows how ridiculously drab, typical, formula romance is? I've read this plot before--heroine murders in self defense and assumes another identity--and in the right author's hand the story line can be interesting and entertaining. Not happenin' here.

The "River Knows" was a so-what, who really cares, boring mystery, easily-solved, lack-luster semi-romance novel. I couldn't wait for it to end. Could not care about either the heroine or the hero. Or anyone in the book for that matter. The writing was quite horrible actually, nothing intriguing or engaging at all.

If you like Amanda Quick, and feel compelled to read this don't waste your money. Library is the way to go. I also suggest that you should read the other 2- and 1-star reviews here. Those reviews are right on target.
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