8/02/2011

River's Song

CBR Review:
This book was awesome, I know I always say this, about Melody Carlson's books, but they just seem to get better each time I read a new one.  I loved the whole story of how Anna found herself by returning home to her beloved river. 
I was amazed at how cruel her mother-in-law was to Anna, and how Anna just seemed to take it all, and turn within herself, I loved that she felt the river healed her hurts.  This story was amazing, and complex.  The family ties were stretched on every side, the history of Anna's family distressed her mother and her mother-in-law, each for different reasons. I cried in sympathy as Anna relived the days of hurt and horror at the hands of a evil mother-in-law, the agony she faced as she took care of a husband who was not only physically injured by the war, but mentally injured as well.  I rejoiced as she made new friends, and started learning to take a stand for her own interests.   An amazingly beautiful story of how God can take our hurts and turn the bad into things that are good.  Definitely a 5 star rating from me!

Press Release:


River's Song About River's Song
Her relationship with her daughter in shambles and tensions mounting with her mother-in-law, Anna Larson returns to her childhood home on the banks of the Suislaw River to sort out her parent's belongings and put the pieces of her own life back together.
Embracing her native heritage for the first time since childhood Anna transforms her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, a place she hopes will give her family a new beginning.
River's Song is Book One in the Inn at Shining Waters series.
Melody Carlson About the Author
Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.
In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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