This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A River to Cross
Bethany House; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
Yvonne Harris

Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a winner and three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante’s Bride, which was her debut novel.






Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the making.

With Elizabeth’s photograph in hand–a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes–Jake rides over the border to find her. After the Rangers defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she’s not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him.

But the Mexicans won’t give up that easily, as Elizabeth becomes the target of an all-out hunt. Leaving Elizabeth back at Fort Williams, Jake and his men set off again, this time to go after Diego himself–to apprehend him and his renegades and bring them all to justice.

Meanwhile, Jake knows what’s begun between him and Elizabeth is undeniable. Amid all the turmoil, Jake finally admits how much he loves her. She tells him the same. Until now, they’ve lived in different worlds, yet it is those differences that drew them together.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A River to Cross, go HERE.

Learn more about Yvonne and her books on her Website .


Because of my affinity for books with Old West settings, the coverĀ  alone of A River to Cross would have bene enough to catch my attention. My very positive experience with the author’s previous novel, The Vigilante’s Bride would definitely seal the deal. If I hadn’t received a copy of this book to review, I would have bought it at first sight.

As you can tell, I approached A River to Cross with high expectations. I am happy to report that I was not the least bit disappointed. Set along the Texas Mexican border near El Paso, A River to Cross is an action filled, suspenseful tale that highlights the exploits of a certain Texas Ranger as he endeavors to rescue and protect the sister of his murdered friend. Jake, the hero is strong, handsome, determined, and totally dedicated to helping others and seeing justice served. The heroine Elizabeth is strong, spunky, beautiful, and equally determined to do her part. As can be expected, the pair are irresistibly drawn to each other despite their intentions to avoid involvement with the opposite gender.

Yvonne Harris has a way with words and her characters come alive within the pages of her books. The historical settings reach out and pull the reader into the story and leave them thinking about what they have read. Harris is one new author that has earned her place on my “to read” list and I am looking forward to what she has to offer next.