Goodbye Best Friend by Cherie Bennett

Release Date: March 1, 1993


Star has a great sense of humor and lots of style, but jokes and creativity can’t protect her from cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease she’s had since she was born. Because of her illness, Star has never been able to do things most kids do – and never even had a chance to make a best friend.

Then Star goes to Hope House when her illness is at its worst. She meets Courtney Cambridge there, and they become friends. Courtney is pretty, popular, and she has a boyfriend – she’s everything Star has ever wanted to be, and her friendship gives Star the strength to go on.

Soon, Courtney is going back to a normal, healthy life, and Star isn’t – she’s too sick to leave Hope House. Will Star lose her first best friend when Courtney discovers how sick Star really is?


I first read this book when I was 13, two years after this book was published. I remember reading it when I was supposed to be in bed. I cried, I laughed, and I re-read it again. I read this book so much that the pages were falling out. It was based on the ages of the girls that was my age.

I stumbled upon the book on Amazon again, last year, and I could not help myself. What did I do when I received it? I read it again, and again. This book is probably one of my favorites from when I was younger, and maybe this book inspired me to go into the medical field.

You may be 12 or 13 years old, or maybe be an adult, the fact is, no matter how old you are, you will enjoy this book, and think about life a little differently.

Riverbend by Tess Thompson

Released: November 26, 2016


A single mom in need of safety accepts help from a mysterious recluse in this small-town romance by USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.

Annie Bell just wants to do the two things she loves: cook and care for her young son. So when she lands the role as head chef at a new restaurant, she fails to anticipate how quickly things change as her talent for cooking puts her quaint hometown on the map.

Amidst a flurry of publicity, Annie finds herself back in the sights of the abusive ex-boyfriend she though she’d left behind. He wants nothing more than to make Annie pay, and she knows his threats are more than empty promises.

Reluctantly, Annie accepts the help fo a handsome, wealthy recluse, hoping to ensure the safety of her little family. But things aren’t always as they seem, and as Annie ultimately learns, her would-be hero has a dark past of his own.


Riverbend is book two of the River Valley Series. I mentioned this series a couple of years ago, Riversong, and I absolutely adore this series so far. I love the small town feel (I lived in a small tow until it exploded with houses), I love the connection between the main characters, and overall I just love the feel that this story has given me.

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