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Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father.


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Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father.

30 review for Where Rivers Part

  1. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I have mixed feelings about this second book of the Texas Gold Series. Main character Juliet is a quality control officer at a bottled water company. Her father is a government employee for quality control. Their relationship is poor, very poor. The writing is engaging and the overall story line is a good one. Juliet's romantic life and the relationship with Juliet and her father didn't seem realistic to me. Overall, it was a pretty good novel. I very much enjoyed the first in the series and look f I have mixed feelings about this second book of the Texas Gold Series. Main character Juliet is a quality control officer at a bottled water company. Her father is a government employee for quality control. Their relationship is poor, very poor. The writing is engaging and the overall story line is a good one. Juliet's romantic life and the relationship with Juliet and her father didn't seem realistic to me. Overall, it was a pretty good novel. I very much enjoyed the first in the series and look forward to reading the third one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Gentry

    Where Rivers Part is a brilliant study of the complexities of family relationships. I love how Gilbert perches this family on a treacherous fault line. Why is it that we are most likely to be hurt by those we love and trusted? These characters were multi-layered, especially Dr. Juliet Ryan. The corporate conspiracy was almost as tense as the emotional ride. I know this, I'll never drink a bottle of water without wondering what I would have done in Juliet's situation. Highly recommend, but you be Where Rivers Part is a brilliant study of the complexities of family relationships. I love how Gilbert perches this family on a treacherous fault line. Why is it that we are most likely to be hurt by those we love and trusted? These characters were multi-layered, especially Dr. Juliet Ryan. The corporate conspiracy was almost as tense as the emotional ride. I know this, I'll never drink a bottle of water without wondering what I would have done in Juliet's situation. Highly recommend, but you better have your tissues ready.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    The ending was SO PERFECT!!!!! I cried and all. Loved this and can't wait to start the next in this series! The ending was SO PERFECT!!!!! I cried and all. Loved this and can't wait to start the next in this series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janka H.

    Very complex novel about the woman facing both personal and professional struggles to remain faithful to the right values. I LOVED IT! Dr. Juliet Ryan is very accomplished professional in the area of the food safety and is very dedicated to protect the customers of her employee, Larimar Springs company. After all, she is highly educated professional and the bottled water is of very low risk to be contaminated. Surely not as contaminated as her relationship with her horrible father is! The cheating Very complex novel about the woman facing both personal and professional struggles to remain faithful to the right values. I LOVED IT! Dr. Juliet Ryan is very accomplished professional in the area of the food safety and is very dedicated to protect the customers of her employee, Larimar Springs company. After all, she is highly educated professional and the bottled water is of very low risk to be contaminated. Surely not as contaminated as her relationship with her horrible father is! The cheating one, the one who has had broken her mother´s heart repetituously. And how is ever possible that her mother still can find love for him and peace in her heart? But then the disease spread breaks - and nothing is ever the same. Deaths and betrayal become Juliet´s everyday ordeal. But this also can make one to learn something about the heart and the soul. Yay. This is one intelligent, engaging read with issues I can relate to/enjoy the depths of - the shark-infested sea of work sector, the fragile family relationship, the undending fight to do the right thing, the temptation of pride, the power of unexpected kindness and even more unexpected love. And I loved the topic of food safety and the rich informational background about this issue. I was deeply immersed and enjoyed every page. Being working professional, I very much understand Juliet´s fights and temptations, the need to be recognized and the (sometimes very hard and even risky) fight for the values. And the betrayal and double-faced faces one meets everyday. I love how facetely is she portrayed - and how deeply one can understand why is she rejecting her father or her mother´s faith. I would probably be the same and do the same. This is why we need the grace to save us - to save us from ourselves, too. Just allow me a little nitpicking and then I will continue to sing praises about this novel - being European, I have yet to meet the native Italian called Cyril Montavan, Cirillo Montavagni/Montavani would be the more accurate version. But let linguistic issues stay away - this is the novel not to miss. Recommended read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Dr. Juliet Ryan has worked hard to get where she is at. She's a scientist who is committed to providing millions with safe drinking water, and she is the quality assurance director at a top firm in Corporate America where she enjoys much prestige in that role. Her father is another story. He and Juliet don't get along, despite them both being brilliant scientists. Juliet can't trust him. Or forgive him. A harmful viral outbreak becomes linked to contaminated drinking water, and Juliet soon finds Dr. Juliet Ryan has worked hard to get where she is at. She's a scientist who is committed to providing millions with safe drinking water, and she is the quality assurance director at a top firm in Corporate America where she enjoys much prestige in that role. Her father is another story. He and Juliet don't get along, despite them both being brilliant scientists. Juliet can't trust him. Or forgive him. A harmful viral outbreak becomes linked to contaminated drinking water, and Juliet soon finds herself in the midst of a huge corporate scandal. With lives at risk, Juliet frantically searches for answers and discovers that she must figure out a way to trust the one man who has hurt her more than any other in order to bring down the parties involved. I have to be totally and completely honest and say that I enjoyed this book much more than the author's previous book. While I still didn't care for the main character, at least at first, I found the subject matter in this book to be much more interesting than that of the first book. I actually kinda liked Juliet's father. Sure he'd made mistakes. But he also recognized that fact. I thought it showed how much he had changed with his efforts to reach out to Juliet. What really caught my attention was seeing Juliet struggle with her role in the scandal. As she uncovered more and more, she was encouraged to be silent. I thought that she should have figured out what was right and stuck by it no matter what. The action regarding the scandal was fast paced and rather fascinating. I kept turning pages to find out how much worse it was going to get. While the book was good, it's not a favorite of mine. I'm glad I gave the author a second chance after not really caring for her previous book. I received this book for free from the Revell Books for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of women's fiction, legal thrillers Rating - 4 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Where rivers part, gives the general description of Dr Juliet Ryan, she can go to either side or walk down the middle. Dr Ryan has made it to the top, and is now in a corporate job in quality control at a big water bottling company. She is on the other side of the river from where her father stands, he is also Dr Ryan, and he is fighting for more quality control over the food industry. He also feels she sold out, but then they have been at odds for many years, over a family matter. Her Mother who Where rivers part, gives the general description of Dr Juliet Ryan, she can go to either side or walk down the middle. Dr Ryan has made it to the top, and is now in a corporate job in quality control at a big water bottling company. She is on the other side of the river from where her father stands, he is also Dr Ryan, and he is fighting for more quality control over the food industry. He also feels she sold out, but then they have been at odds for many years, over a family matter. Her Mother who is a Christian has offered her husband forgiveness, where her daughter has not been able. At first I was wondering if this was a Christian book, but came to realize as I continued, yes it was, and we were being given great examples of people of faith helping to lead those in need. Juliet seems to end up in the middle of the river, and having trouble staying afloat. She gets mired into a corporate scandal and lives are in danger, how is she going to survive, will her boyfriend that helped get her the job be able to help her now. There are so many people here with different areas of concern, and you will not know who is going to be thrown under the bus. Will Juliet ever come to grips with taking God’s forgiveness and offering it to her Dad? Will the corporate world be her beginning or her ending? Is she the answer to the problems, or is she the scapegoat? Wow, you are about to step on a great reading roller coaster, and you will not regret a moment of it, except maybe the last page. I received this book through Revell’s Blogger’s Book Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This was my first Texas Gold Novel and I’m definitely going to read more in the series! The book is about a young woman who values her integrity and career and both become under attack. She struggles to cope and realizes she may need to look in unexpected places for help. The author does a great job at taking a kind of mundane topic, water quality control, and making it exciting in an Erin Brockovich kind of way! Descriptions of San Antonio makes the city like another character in the book. Grab This was my first Texas Gold Novel and I’m definitely going to read more in the series! The book is about a young woman who values her integrity and career and both become under attack. She struggles to cope and realizes she may need to look in unexpected places for help. The author does a great job at taking a kind of mundane topic, water quality control, and making it exciting in an Erin Brockovich kind of way! Descriptions of San Antonio makes the city like another character in the book. Grab a Margarita and read this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is a compelling story about Dr. Juliet Ryan who is a scientist committed to keeping bottled water safe to drink. Juliet’s life is complex, working for a company out for the big money and struggling within herself. An informative, realistic story that makes you stop, think and wonder how safe is our food, water.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    I thought this book was a bit better than the first one (which I rated 3.5 stars). I found myself really wanting to find out what was going to happen in the end. I love the covers of these books - they are beautiful. Looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The story wasn't bad, but it was difficult to believe that such an intelligent woman kept falling for the line of crap her employer and coworker kept spewing. The story wasn't bad, but it was difficult to believe that such an intelligent woman kept falling for the line of crap her employer and coworker kept spewing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that had me look at the food regulations we have in place in a whole new light. This is a compelling story about Dr. Juliet Ryan who’s on the front line and in charge of keeping America’s food products safe. This author shows readers that when,“Companies are driven by the almighty dollar; they always put safety in the back seat.” This is what Juliet’s father said to her when she landed her dream job with a big corporation. She had devoted her scientific a I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that had me look at the food regulations we have in place in a whole new light. This is a compelling story about Dr. Juliet Ryan who’s on the front line and in charge of keeping America’s food products safe. This author shows readers that when,“Companies are driven by the almighty dollar; they always put safety in the back seat.” This is what Juliet’s father said to her when she landed her dream job with a big corporation. She had devoted her scientific acumen providing safe drinking water for millions. The Dr. was out to prove her father wrong. At one point she looked up to her dad even followed in his footsteps and worked in the same profession. But Juliet’s dad missed the opportunity to work together when he cheated on his wife, Carol. Her mom. She didn’t trust him therefore they could not be a team and/or support one another. Her mom; Carol forgave him because of her new found faith. It worked for her but Juliet wasn’t buying it. I liked how this author showed a spiritual situation I haven’t seen much in Christian fiction. Juliet’s mom gets saved and her family isn’t happy about it. Juliet’s dad says, “What do you mean you’re born again?” to Dad’s credit he tried to talk his wife out of it. “Carol, what sense does it make that a man died and then three days later he came alive again? That’s scientifically impossible.” …”In the end, Juliet’s father accepted his wife’s faith. Juliet did too. They didn’t really have a choice. And it seemed to help her with everything.” I liked how this author dealt with the internal battle being waged for Juliet’s soul and heart as she struggled to do the right thing in the middle of impossible circumstances that were growing bigger every day. This story reminded a little of two movies one was The Firm with Tom Cruise. His character in the movie gets hired by the greatest company ever until things get a little crazy. Then he seeks to get out of the job and situation alive. The second movie is Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. Erin was gathering evidence to sue the big company for damages done to people because of the plant. In this novel Juliet is seeking to find missing data on the inside of the big company hoping not to get caught and/or killed doing so. This was an emotionally charged, eye opening story I couldn’t stop reading; it is so relevant to today. The authors experience as a legal investigator gives fresh eyes to this story and makes it suspenseful, informative and realistic as she describes the E.Coli out break with a whole new dynamic. It made me think about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how some Dr.’s have been quarantined in the Center in Atlanta, GA. This is the deadliest outbreak since its discovery in 1978. We take so much for granted what is being done to make the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe safe. Sometimes things can go awry. This story is about one of those times. I highly recommend this as a book club pick. There is so much to talk about. You won’t soon forget these characters or their situation. Disclosure of Material Connection: #AD Sponsored by publisher. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org The Book Club Nework www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/ohrj7f9 With its expressive prose, rich characterization, and compelling storyline, Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert is an exquisite novel on many levels, and I highly recommend it, particularly to all who enjoy contemporary drama or women's fiction. With her debut novel, Mother of Pearl, followed by the first Texas Gold novel, A Woman of Fortune, Kellie cemented her place as a writer of quality. For my reading tastes, Kellie Coates Gil Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/ohrj7f9 With its expressive prose, rich characterization, and compelling storyline, Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert is an exquisite novel on many levels, and I highly recommend it, particularly to all who enjoy contemporary drama or women's fiction. With her debut novel, Mother of Pearl, followed by the first Texas Gold novel, A Woman of Fortune, Kellie cemented her place as a writer of quality. For my reading tastes, Kellie Coates Gilbert is in the top tier of authors who write contemporary Christian fiction, and she can hold her own with any writer that I've come across in the general market. With deft writing that easily captures and holds the reader's attention, Kellie uses her knowledge of the legal system to unfold a "ripped from the headlines" type of story, evocative of John Grisham at times, and creates a vivid sense of the San Antonio setting. Where Rivers Part combines themes of corporate scandal and greed with emotional family drama, broken and restored relationships - and asks the question, Success at what price? One might think that the technical aspect of foodborne illness, food safety regulations, and ethics could be difficult to follow, but Kellie made this part fascinating and easy to understand. I doubt readers will be able to pick up a bottle of water without thinking of this riveting story. Juliet is a realistically flawed and complex character who grows both spiritually and emotionally - but often the hard way as a result of bitterness, unforgiveness, bad choices, and misplaced trust. One particular scene, where Juliet is treated to dinner at an exclusive restaurant and fed empty promises, made me think of Eve in the Garden of Eden and how easy it is to fall into temptation's trap. I admired Juliet and kept pulling for her as the story unfolds. There's also a minor romantic thread which contributes to a satisfying conclusion. My favorite character doesn't get a lot of face time in this story, but her influence shines throughout - and that's Juliet's mom. First of all, Carol became a Christian many years before this story opens in spite of family opposition, evidenced by these words of Juliet's father: "Carol, what sense does it make that a man died and then three days later he came alive again? That's scientifically impossible." I can't help but think of situations where, through the faith and prayers of one family member, seeds are planted that bear fruit through many generations to come. And Where Rivers Part beautifully illustrates the impact of Juliet's mom: "Her simple faith, her steadfast commitment to a man who didn't deserve her loyalty, her willingness to empty her own dreams to fill the needs of others. . . . Her mother was loved." I'd like to end with this passage of assurance from Isaiah 43 that sustained Carol, ministered to Juliet, and speaks to me as well: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you . . . For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." - Isaiah 43:1-3 Where Rivers Part is a highly entertaining and poignant drama, highly recommended. Thank you to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    A special thank you to the author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A powerful novel and richly layered, Kellie Coates Gilbert returns with her second installment in the Texas Gold series with WHERE RIVERS PART, a complex and riveting story of redemption and forgiveness. Another winner by Kellie, crossing many genres – Love her twist of Christian fiction, family, women's fiction, chick-lit, crime, mystery, suspense, relationships, and corporate scandal – all rolled int A special thank you to the author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A powerful novel and richly layered, Kellie Coates Gilbert returns with her second installment in the Texas Gold series with WHERE RIVERS PART, a complex and riveting story of redemption and forgiveness. Another winner by Kellie, crossing many genres – Love her twist of Christian fiction, family, women's fiction, chick-lit, crime, mystery, suspense, relationships, and corporate scandal – all rolled into one gripping tale. If you have not read the first in the series A WOMAN OF FORTUNE (Texas Gold #1), highly recommend. They can be read as a standalone; however, you will want to read them both, with highly charged and well researched topics ----and Gilbert knows Texas! Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, at Larimar Springs, providing safe drinking water for millions, with plenty of perks. She followed in her well-known father’s footsteps; however, she and her father do not see eye to eye on many subjects and are always arguing. She has never forgiven him for things he has done in the past and cannot get past how her mom seems to overlook, by forgiving and forgetting so easily. Juliet thinks she has it all, when a scandal breaks out, placing her in the middle of the fallout, putting many lives in danger and risk, while she tries to protect the public and her own reputation. However, with nowhere to turn, she solicits the help from her father to support her and help expose the wrongdoing. Two people will go down for multiple counts of distribution of adulterated food product, as well as conspiracy and fraud related to the audits. She feels betrayed by those she trusted and struggles to find peace, going back to her mother’s words, “to forgive and let go.” I really enjoyed Kellie’s inspiration for the novel, as noted in the author’s notes. Sparked by a legal matter in the mid-nineties with the Jack in the Box restaurant with deadly outbreaks, while she was immersed in reviewing and cataloguing, the massive amounts of evidence in the litigation. She developed a new appreciate for those charged with maintaining food safety, as well as her husband’s senior management role with the food business. Hence, Where Rivers Part was born with the question, what if, and how San Antonio fit into the water theme with the Edwards Aquifer, a unique groundwater system, and one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world, serving millions. She also relates the water and river to the Living Water in the Bible for hope and forgiveness for an engaging read and much needed emotional healing. I also enjoy interacting with Kellie via social media, as she is a genuine person, mother, and talented author. If you have not read any of her books, you are missing out - an author to follow! Fans of Kristin Hannah, Eileen Goudge, and Emilie Richards will enjoy Kellie's highly charged subjects surrounding women with a powerful takeaway message. Judith D. Collins Must Read Books

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    A fast paced mystery dealing with disease, death, and bottled water. If that’s not enough, plenty of emotional trauma mixed with relationship healing. Dr. Juliet Ryan is determined to make a name for herself in the food and beverage food safety industry. She went to some of the best schools and has now landed as the department head of quality control for Larimar Springs, a large bottled water outfit headquartered in San Antonio. She should feel accomplished, but she has a huge critic that is a fo A fast paced mystery dealing with disease, death, and bottled water. If that’s not enough, plenty of emotional trauma mixed with relationship healing. Dr. Juliet Ryan is determined to make a name for herself in the food and beverage food safety industry. She went to some of the best schools and has now landed as the department head of quality control for Larimar Springs, a large bottled water outfit headquartered in San Antonio. She should feel accomplished, but she has a huge critic that is a food safety academic, her father. Her father believes that corporate corruption will always undermine food safety, but she believes she can prove him wrong. Several weeks after her arrival, there is an outbreak of e. coli in the San Antonio area that appears to have stemmed from the large amusement park, Water Circus. This is unfortunate for Larimar Springs as that is one of their biggest customers. This becomes worse when the strain is traced back to Larimar Springs. Feeling crushed and defeated by failure, Juliet feels something is not right. The further she digs the more corruption she finds. Before she becomes the scapegoat, she must enlist the help of her father, if she isn’t already too late. Kellie Coates Gilbert really knows how to keep a reader moving through her novel. All of the characters were very well developed and were easy to visualize throughout the story. I was easily able to emphasize with the main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan, throughout all of the book. Her struggles with her father, current lover, and career are all very real issues in the world today. Even though some of the quality control jargon was technical, I found it interesting and it flowed very well. I could tell that the author has frequented San Antonio a few times (as have I) due to her knowledge of the top eating establishments (Yea for Morton’s Steakhouse!) Her navigation of the Riverwalk area was also correct. It is always fun to take a trip in a book to a place that you have been a few times in person so that you can walk the streets in your mind easily. There were some parts of the story that seem a little predictable, but I enjoyed the mystery. I also enjoyed the precarious situations that Juliet found herself in and how she was able to maneuver those situations. I really liked how the ending cleaned everything back up and brought some comfort to the supporting characters. If you are looking for a new author, try out Kellie Coates Gilbert.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Kellie Coates Gilbert in her new book, “Where Rivers Part” Book Two in the Texas Gold series published by Revell brings us into the life of Dr. Juliet Ryan. From the back cover: Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high. Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but th Kellie Coates Gilbert in her new book, “Where Rivers Part” Book Two in the Texas Gold series published by Revell brings us into the life of Dr. Juliet Ryan. From the back cover: Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high. Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down. But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive. Water. Water is a basic necessity of life. Juliet was working to get clean drinking water out to millions. You would never think that there would be a scandal surrounding water. Get ready “Where Rivers Part” is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ms. Gilbert has baked greed, deceit, betrayal and corruption into this politically tense corporate scandal thriller. On the flip side of that there is the relationship between Juliet and her father, the nature of forgiveness and salvation. Ms. Gilbert is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality. Ms. Gilbert makes you care for all the characters and their journey. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert Rating: 4/5 Texas Gold Collection Revell - Contemporary Fiction Dr. Juliet Ryan has the perfect life, or so it seems. She has dreams of making the world better by providing the best quality assurance for America's drinking water. She has a great job and is up for a promotion. Her boss believes in her and her abilities. She has a secret boyfriend who got her the job. However, her father, a premier scientist, is determined to expose Corporate America's greed o Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert Rating: 4/5 Texas Gold Collection Revell - Contemporary Fiction Dr. Juliet Ryan has the perfect life, or so it seems. She has dreams of making the world better by providing the best quality assurance for America's drinking water. She has a great job and is up for a promotion. Her boss believes in her and her abilities. She has a secret boyfriend who got her the job. However, her father, a premier scientist, is determined to expose Corporate America's greed over food safety. Juliet is sure her father is wrong since she is at the forefront and knows her boss wants food safety before more money. Unfortunately, something sinister is happening in the background. Young children are dying in San Antonio, and no one knows why. As the situation escalates, Juliet is unsure of who to trust and why she even needs to feel that way. Can she trust the people that she works for? Can she trust the man she cares for? Will her father only be proven correct? Can she figure out what is happening before more people suffer and die? Does God even care in the midst of such a storm? I really enjoyed reading this story since I majored in biology and took a class on food microbiology. When I began reading, I was instantly transported back to my college classes and that was fun for me. The author was very good at explaining things that the general public may not be aware of. I even learned some new things. The author's real life experience really made the story seem so real. When I started reading, I didn't know what to expect from the cover. The cover picture is nice but I honestly didn't realize the story was modern from the cover and title. This story reads more like a mystery than a romance which is not what I was expecting but that's okay. I still enjoyed the characters and their struggles and triumphs. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with mystery and science with a hint of romance thrown in. I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath i About the Book: Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father. About the Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. My Review: Dr. Juliet Ryan, doesn't have the best relationship with her Dad. She has to face his criticisms at every turn and this is something that damages their relationship, inevitably. In spite of their differences, they will have to find a way to work together to figure out the mystery to this scandal as well who is behind it all. Right now Juliet feels she can trust noone. God is behind this family and yet right in the middle of them without them even realizing it. Juliet's mother gets saved but her family isn't really to excited about the idea. But soon they will see how much each of them need Him just as she did. A storyline full of suspense, intrigue, and tons of drama. Juliet and her father start to realize that they all all they have. They also start to become curious about this "God" that was so important to Juliet's mother. Our dependence on the Heavenly Father should always reign supreme during every twist and turn and then story reveals just that. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Another must read from Kellie Coates Gilbert! I first fell in love with Kellie Coates Gilbert's writing when I read her book Mother Of Pearl and I have been hooked, even addicted, ever since. She has such a way of transporting her readers so thoroughly into the lives and hearts of her characters. The suspense angle in Where Rivers Part was great! And I really enjoyed guessing who was in on it all and who wasn't. There were some people I had pinned but also some real surprises. I had some reser Another must read from Kellie Coates Gilbert! I first fell in love with Kellie Coates Gilbert's writing when I read her book Mother Of Pearl and I have been hooked, even addicted, ever since. She has such a way of transporting her readers so thoroughly into the lives and hearts of her characters. The suspense angle in Where Rivers Part was great! And I really enjoyed guessing who was in on it all and who wasn't. There were some people I had pinned but also some real surprises. I had some reservations about trying out Women's Fiction, I thought it would probably just be fluffy and maybe even a little sappy. Kellie Coates Gilbert more than proved me wrong. These stories are both entertaining and a powerful tool for sharing the power of love and forgiveness. In Where Rivers Part Juliet's life falls completely apart, anything that can go wrong, does. She has several choices to make and all of them life-changing. When the dust settles where will she stand? Another great thing about this book is the gorgeous cover! It really draws the eye and inviting you in to partake of the delightful story within the pages. I really can't say enough positive things about Where Rivers Part, it is a suspenseful story, and a tale of human relationships. Kellie Coates Gilbert has a definite must read in Where Rivers Part! (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    I was very impressed with my first read by Kellie Coates Gilbert and I was anxious to see how the next one was. Sometimes I like a series start but not the finish and vice versa. Needless to say, Kellie writes a captivating story that I found myself plunging into last week. And I had to struggle to put it down and do my other daily chores:) Juliet is one of those characters that you like but at times you want to shake her and ask her what her problem is. She is a mature adult but there were areas I was very impressed with my first read by Kellie Coates Gilbert and I was anxious to see how the next one was. Sometimes I like a series start but not the finish and vice versa. Needless to say, Kellie writes a captivating story that I found myself plunging into last week. And I had to struggle to put it down and do my other daily chores:) Juliet is one of those characters that you like but at times you want to shake her and ask her what her problem is. She is a mature adult but there were areas that she still acted like a child. I think it made me like her more as I see that in myself and while it is a shortcoming, it endeared her to me. Her father kind of threw me off. We see that he wants to become close to his daughter but yet when they are around each other, they are like oil and water. Mainly him irritating her. One aspect that Kellie includes in her books is the spirituality. It is getting harder and harder to find fiction novels that still teach lessons and give Gospel. Carol, Juliet's mother, is the real backbone in her family. I loved her presence and though something happens about halfway through that I definitely did not see coming, her faith is strong and yet sweet. Some great sections are found in this book but one of my favorites would be when Carol is talking to her husband about God. He doesn't understand how the Gospel can be scientifically sound but wow, the lessons are straight on. An intense look into a hard subject but an excellent novel. Now comes the hard part of waiting for the next installment:)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Wow! Just wow! I am in love with Kellie Coates Gilbert after reading Where Rivers Part! I read this book in one day, and I haven’t done that in years! It was unuputdownable! This was a gripping, brilliant, thought-provoking story that I became fully, emotionally engaged in. Successful, hard working Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her life to ensuring that consumer health and food safety are her top priority. As quality assurance director for Larimar Springs, a large growing corporation, she was hire Wow! Just wow! I am in love with Kellie Coates Gilbert after reading Where Rivers Part! I read this book in one day, and I haven’t done that in years! It was unuputdownable! This was a gripping, brilliant, thought-provoking story that I became fully, emotionally engaged in. Successful, hard working Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her life to ensuring that consumer health and food safety are her top priority. As quality assurance director for Larimar Springs, a large growing corporation, she was hired as a highly respected qualified biologist, trained to ensure the safety of food products as she spent her entire profession devoted to pathogens and coliforms. Juliet had a special relationship with her loving mother who was very proud of her, but unlike the support she received from her, she was faced with a lifetime of disappointments, betrayal, wounds and sadness from her own brilliant father, Dr. Bennett Ryan. It seemed that he was determined to sabotage her career at every turn. When children and elderly people become ill, and some start to die her company is to blame. Juliet becomes the target of a huge scandal. She is faced with having to decide who she can trust, putting past hurts behind her and letting go in order to reveal the truth, so justice can be served and she can save her own credibility. This story is highly believable, and made it all the more interesting. I loved the writing style, and the dialogues were very realistic. This book is amazing right down to the last page. I highly recommend it!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This was an interesting story about a topic you don't see often in Christian fiction. I thought the food safety angle was intriguing, but I thought Juliet was pretty naive to think that the company she worked for cared more about safety than their bottom line, especially since she hadn't worked there long and didn't really know her co-workers or boss well. I also wondered how she could be with a guy who would be dishonest in his work life because why wouldn't he be in his personal life, too? I d This was an interesting story about a topic you don't see often in Christian fiction. I thought the food safety angle was intriguing, but I thought Juliet was pretty naive to think that the company she worked for cared more about safety than their bottom line, especially since she hadn't worked there long and didn't really know her co-workers or boss well. I also wondered how she could be with a guy who would be dishonest in his work life because why wouldn't he be in his personal life, too? I did like her and felt stressed out myself with all the stress she was under! I could understand the tense relationship she had with her father and why she had trouble forgiving. Her mom had a strong faith and it was inspiring to see how it affected Juliet. This book lost momentum for me as it seemed like not enough was happening and I thought there would be more to the conspiracy angle. I'm just not as much of a fan of the corporate setting, either. I did find the investigation interesting. I liked the little bit of romance there was. You might like it if you like seeing how women survive under pressure and find corporate politics interesting. I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)

    They say that truth is stranger than fiction. But when you combine the truth with a bit of fiction you can come up with a fascinating story. That is exactly what Kellie Coates Gilbert has done. She took her experience with the Jack in the Box food poisoning case and let her imagination come up with an enthralling what if story. Where Rivers Part is labeled as contemporary fiction, but as the story proceeds along it picks up elements of suspense and mystery. I enjoyed A Woman of Fortune, which was They say that truth is stranger than fiction. But when you combine the truth with a bit of fiction you can come up with a fascinating story. That is exactly what Kellie Coates Gilbert has done. She took her experience with the Jack in the Box food poisoning case and let her imagination come up with an enthralling what if story. Where Rivers Part is labeled as contemporary fiction, but as the story proceeds along it picks up elements of suspense and mystery. I enjoyed A Woman of Fortune, which was the first book in this collection, but I do believe I liked Where Rivers Part even more. Kellie uses the main character Dr. Juliet Ryan to explore the topics of deep deception and the overriding need to forgive. She uses very real and painful circumstances to tell a story that is sure to hit a nerve with most of us. Without trust in others what do we have? Here's a little warning . . . after the very satisfying ending there is a teaser for the next book in the collection. I knew better than to read it, but I did and now I'm stuck anxiously waiting! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Kellie has another hit on her hand IMHO! This book centers around contaminated water and what a company will do to cover it up or keep themselves from going bankrupt. Dr Juliet Ryan has always "competed" with her father who is in the same field. She has her grudges against him for personal issues but has to learn how to trust him to get herself out of hot water with the water company she works for and their efforts to "throw her under the bus". While I could of predict what was coming it wasn't be Kellie has another hit on her hand IMHO! This book centers around contaminated water and what a company will do to cover it up or keep themselves from going bankrupt. Dr Juliet Ryan has always "competed" with her father who is in the same field. She has her grudges against him for personal issues but has to learn how to trust him to get herself out of hot water with the water company she works for and their efforts to "throw her under the bus". While I could of predict what was coming it wasn't because the book was predictable, but that the author does a great job of painting the character's behaviors and traits. There are several unlikeable characters and there are some that you think you like until you get further along in the book and realize that maybe they aren't as likeable as you once thought. The book is inspirational/Christian but it reminds us that we can't control everything and it is up to a higher being to give us what we need at the right time. I also like that it is set in San Antonio and she references a lot of SA landmarks especially the River Walk

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    This review is also posted on Book by Book. With Where Rivers Part, Kellie Coates Gilbert tells an engaging story of relationships and faith. Gilbert’s main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan, finds herself in the midst of a set of intriguing and problematic situations with her work, her family and her faith. As it seems her carefully constructed world crumbles around her, she desperately searches for truth, continually wondering who she can trust. Full of suspense and drama, Where Rivers Part is a highl This review is also posted on Book by Book. With Where Rivers Part, Kellie Coates Gilbert tells an engaging story of relationships and faith. Gilbert’s main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan, finds herself in the midst of a set of intriguing and problematic situations with her work, her family and her faith. As it seems her carefully constructed world crumbles around her, she desperately searches for truth, continually wondering who she can trust. Full of suspense and drama, Where Rivers Part is a highly interesting read, and I think other fans of contemporary fiction will enjoy it as much as I did. I would recommend it. Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Where Rivers Part and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dyck

    Having read the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Sadly, I have to say that this book was a huge disappointment to me. The first one was able to keep me interested and entertained; I was able to finish it within a few hours. This one, however, I was only able to read the first quarter before I finally gave up on it. All the science and stuff just in the first part of the book was a really big turn off for me. One thing that did disappoint me though was that ea Having read the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Sadly, I have to say that this book was a huge disappointment to me. The first one was able to keep me interested and entertained; I was able to finish it within a few hours. This one, however, I was only able to read the first quarter before I finally gave up on it. All the science and stuff just in the first part of the book was a really big turn off for me. One thing that did disappoint me though was that each book in the series is a stand-alone novel with no relation to the others. I was really hoping that this book would be a continuation from the previous one. I am planning on getting the next book in the series just to see how that turns out. “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Where Rivers Part Where Rivers Part, by Kellie Coates Gilbert, is a Texas Gold book. In this book, Juliet Ryan, a doctor, has the goal of helping to provide safe drinking water for people. This determined lady does not always gain the respect of her father, and along her path she encounters scandal which affects many other. This book deals with many emotions such as tension, forgiveness and love of others. It is very well written and I feel privileged to be allowed to read this book. Baker Pub Where Rivers Part Where Rivers Part, by Kellie Coates Gilbert, is a Texas Gold book. In this book, Juliet Ryan, a doctor, has the goal of helping to provide safe drinking water for people. This determined lady does not always gain the respect of her father, and along her path she encounters scandal which affects many other. This book deals with many emotions such as tension, forgiveness and love of others. It is very well written and I feel privileged to be allowed to read this book. Baker Publishing once again has found an excellent author and book. I was given this book by bookfun.org, Baker Publishing and the author in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Paavola

    I throughly enjoyed this book by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Where Rivers Part is her second in the Texas Gold series. I felt her writing was deeper and stronger in this one. The characters were so well developed and stayed true to themselves. There are some surprises that make the story reach farther into your heart. What happens to Juliet could really occur and that's what I like. The characters must deal with reality and you go with them. Would you do what they did, say what they say, and change h I throughly enjoyed this book by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Where Rivers Part is her second in the Texas Gold series. I felt her writing was deeper and stronger in this one. The characters were so well developed and stayed true to themselves. There are some surprises that make the story reach farther into your heart. What happens to Juliet could really occur and that's what I like. The characters must deal with reality and you go with them. Would you do what they did, say what they say, and change how they change in the story? Will Juliet's mother's faith make an impact on her life? Will she want it? Why would she when she has everything she has ever wanted. Read to discover how Juliet's life takes twists and turns as she learns who she can trust. I'm glad I did! I received a copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley and have given my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Juliet had made a name for herself.as her peers would attest to, even her father should, attending this conference. A lawsuit in the food industry always made people stand up and pay attention. To provide food safety across American was her goal, and dating because of the hours in the lab were few. Her speech given, and it was her own father who raised accusations on the safety of foods. Now a merger, with total rights to sell at the park. The testing took time, could she stay on top of it, for Juliet had made a name for herself.as her peers would attest to, even her father should, attending this conference. A lawsuit in the food industry always made people stand up and pay attention. To provide food safety across American was her goal, and dating because of the hours in the lab were few. Her speech given, and it was her own father who raised accusations on the safety of foods. Now a merger, with total rights to sell at the park. The testing took time, could she stay on top of it, for the million dollar deal. Or would something backfire on her. Another good plot, that has good characters, intrigue, is she paying too high a price for this job, and denying a personal life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Kellie's new book, Where Rivers Part, is just that, the parting of the ways between Juliet and her father. Her father does not like what she is doing, he feels she has given in. Tragedy strikes and like a river running downstream it can cleanse and heal, the question is do you allow it to. This book could be ripped right out of today's headlines. With Kellie's finesse of storytelling, and her legal knowledge this book is a home run! It releases today, and all I can say is go grab a copy and enjoy Kellie's new book, Where Rivers Part, is just that, the parting of the ways between Juliet and her father. Her father does not like what she is doing, he feels she has given in. Tragedy strikes and like a river running downstream it can cleanse and heal, the question is do you allow it to. This book could be ripped right out of today's headlines. With Kellie's finesse of storytelling, and her legal knowledge this book is a home run! It releases today, and all I can say is go grab a copy and enjoy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Friesen

    What do you do when everything you believed true turns out to be false? Who do you turn to? Who can be trusted? Author Kellie Coates Gilbert draws us into the turmoil that rocks Juliet Ryan’s world – and her life. Juliet’s character is drawn like a finely detailed etching, and even though her world of laboratories and boardrooms is unfamiliar territory for me, I felt as though I knew her well. And I felt her shock as her precise world unraveled. Where Rivers Part kept me riveted almost the entir What do you do when everything you believed true turns out to be false? Who do you turn to? Who can be trusted? Author Kellie Coates Gilbert draws us into the turmoil that rocks Juliet Ryan’s world – and her life. Juliet’s character is drawn like a finely detailed etching, and even though her world of laboratories and boardrooms is unfamiliar territory for me, I felt as though I knew her well. And I felt her shock as her precise world unraveled. Where Rivers Part kept me riveted almost the entire way through the book. I recommend this book and give it four stars.

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