Book Review | The River Queen

1920s-1930s, Books Review, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Writing Spot

Today’s book review features

The River Queen by Stephenia H. McGee.

About the Book

When river pirates attack and steal his steamboat, Emmett Carter barely escapes. Rescued and transported to a magnificent world of glitz and showbiz aboard a flashy showboat, Emmett is immediately captivated by something more than recovering his lost inheritance— The River Queen ’s beautiful, but quirky, songbird.

Anola Flynn, the star singer on The River Queen , is struggling to keep the business running as attendance dwindles during the 1923 season. With her dreams of saving the family legacy—and the only life she’s ever known—slipping away, she forges an alliance with Emmett to keep her family afloat.

Now, to outsmart the gangsters chasing them, Anola and Emmett must wade through a dark current of deception and betrayal to save not only their dreams, but everyone they care about, from sinking deeper into the Mississippi River.

Author Information

Stephenia H. McGee is a multi-published author of stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. She lives in Mississippi, where she is a mom of two rambunctious boys, writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler. Her novel The Cedar Key was a 2021 Faith, Hope, and Love Readers’ Choice award winner. A member of the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), she loves all things books and history. Stephenia also loves connecting with readers and can often be found having fun with her Faithful Readers Team on Facebook. For more on books and upcoming events and to connect with Stephenia, visit her at

Danielle’s Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

The River Queen by Stephenia H. McGee is the first book in her River Romances historical romance series.

This is a fun read! Anola is an amazing character who comes to live within the pages of of this story. Her opposite in so many ways, Emmett has a mystery to solve and, of course, Anola is right there to help.

I loved the showboat details, the 1920s history, the sweet romance. I especially loved how Anola pushed Emmett right out of his comfort zone. For all of us quiet, reserved introverts, we need a friend like her!

If you’re looking for a sweet romance to take you back in time, then pick up a copy of The River Queen. I loved it!

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