Fox River, by Emilie Richards

Fox River by Richards Richards: Book CoverFinished 5-8-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2001

“It’s a fork in the road,” Maisy said, stroking her daughter’s hair.  “And you don’t even feel up to walking a straight line.  But you will.  You can.  You’ll get through this honey, and make all the right choices.  There’s no question.”

For once in her life Julia was profoundly grateful to be suffocated in her mother’s soft arms.  But as she sobbed, she wondered who was comforting Christian.  Who would tell Christian that at this critical fork in the road he would take the right path?  Who would hold him and reassure him?

 She knew, without a doubt, it should have been her.

Chapter 11

This grand sweeping romance will draw you into the world of horses and fox hunting and the privileged people who live there.  Julia, who comes from the most respected of horsemen families, is a woman who has had to deal with a lot of tragedy in her almost 30 years and it all culminates with a fall off a horse that leaves her blind.  Her father died when she was too young to remember, her best friend was murdered, her boyfriend was sent to prison for the murder, and the last of the foursome was killed in a car crash.  And this is all before she begins to think her nine year marriage may be over.

Christian was released from prison when another inmate confessed to the murder, but nine years is a long time to serve for a crime you didn’t commit.  He is welcomed back to Virginia horse country by the man who had taken him in as a teenager and had never stopped believing in his innocence.  Now he just has to face down locals who still believe he’s guilty and face up to Julia, whose trouble on the stand helped send him to prison.

Julia’s mother, Maisy, is a wonderful character who takes in her daughter and granddaughter and shares a novel she’s writing which becomes another story within Fox River.  There is no shortage of action and it all weaves together perfectly for a wonderful family saga full of life and death, lies and betrayal, love and revenge.

I adored this story.  I think if you are interested in horses or fox hunting you might appreciate it more, but it is certainly not a necessity.  This is my first Emilie Richards novel, but it won’t be my last!  Read my interview with her here.

7 thoughts on “Fox River, by Emilie Richards

  1. Margot says:

    You’ve made an Emilie Richards convert of me. I have ordered two of her books on Amazon and have read past posts on her blog. This one sounds very good too. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Yea 🙂 Glad you found her. Her blog is great, isn’t it?

  2. Mary says:

    Stacy, is this new? I’m not familiar with the author but added the title to my TBR list. Thanks for the suggestion and a great review!

  3. Mary says:

    Well, I just saw at the very beginning of your review that the book is from 2001. I need to pay closer attention! : )

    You can see from my book problem post today that I am trying to get through some of my old stuff!

  4. Lori says:

    I read this book a while back too and I loved it! I have to say I loved ALL of Emilie Richards books! I started with Prospect Street and was hooked. I haven’t read her new series yet but her older stand alones were wonderful!

    That’s nice to hear. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  5. Daisy says:

    Not really to comment about this post, but to say that I have taken the Austin Heroin test and it shows I’m Elizabeth Bennet! Nice…

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