A RAFTING ADVENTURE — Julianne Kuykendall Rhodes is pictured with paperback copies of her newest Christian fiction novel, A Day On The Nantahala.

Julianne Kuykendall Rhodes, a Bethel native and local author, has self-published her third Christian fiction novel titled A Day On The Nantahala.

“In this novel, Faith and Kane, the two main characters, are Waynesville natives, but the bulk of the novel takes place on the Nantahala River in Bryson City which is my very favorite river to raft,” said Rhodes.

The story begins in August of 2020 when, after almost a year of grieving the loss of her husband, 40-year-old Faith Chambers runs into her high school boyfriend, Kane Cogburn, who she learns has returned to their hometown of Waynesville after completing his military career and is a widower.

When adventurous Kane invites her to spend Labor Day rafting the Nantahala River, typically safe and reserved Faith is hesitant but finally accepts. Just two old friends catching up and enjoying a day outdoors — it would be good for both of them, she decides.

However, the day unfolds completely unlike either of them ever expected and, ultimately, they must both make peace with their past after spending a day on the Nantahala.

“I often describe my novels as Christian fiction novels with a twist,” said Rhodes. “This one has much Biblical truth, action, suspense and adventure all wrapped up into one book.”

“There will also likely be some tears shed, so get your tissues handy,” she added.

In addition to the gorgeous Nantahala River, other scenes in the novel take place around Waynesville and Lake Junaluska as well as at the Triple Falls waterfall in Brevard and the Pretty Place chapel at the Y.M.C.A. Camp Greenville in Cleveland, South Carolina.

Rhodes is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs and The Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When she isn’t writing Christian fiction novels, she enjoys church activities, exploring waterfalls, hiking, white water rafting, reading, beach days, road trips and spending time with family and friends.

She and her husband, Wayne, split their time between Bethel and Darlington, South Carolina. She is also the author of The Christmas No One Expected set in Canton and The Renter Next Door set in Darlington, South Carolina.

To follow Rhodes’ novels, like her Facebook business page at “The Purple Pen Writing by Julianne Kuykendall Rhodes.”

A Day On The Nantahala is now available for purchase on Amazon in the Kindle format or in regular print paperback or large print paperback. Paperback signed copies are also available at the Pigeon River Merchantile in Canton, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville and Aunt Bee’s Blessing Shop in Maggie Valley. Or, for information in purchasing a signed copy mailed directly to you, email Rhodes at julianne8235@yahoo.com, text at 828-490-3352 or direct message her Facebook business page.

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