Tuesday, August 9, 2011

River's Song

Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents’ belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. Her relationship with her daughter is in shambles, and the tension between Anna and her vicious mother-in-law escalates daily.

Anna's unique family home sits on a picturesque coastal tributary and is filled with years of memories. For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage and river roots. But Anna soon learns that more than just her past resides along the banks of the Siuslaw River. 

By transforming her old family home into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing—a place where guests experience peace, grace, and new beginnings.

Starting with her own family . . 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books. She is the author of novels for both teens and women including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which has been optioned for production as a Life-time Television movie. Her adult novel, Homeward, won a Rita Award. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult com-mittee in central Oregon. Visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.  

My Thoughts: Melody Carlson has a winner in River's Song. It the story of a family's healing as well as one of embracing one's heritage instead of hiding from it. Through Carlson's descriptions I could feel the peacefulness of the river and the quiet of the sanctuary Anna had found in her family home. Somehow I had missed that River's Song was book one of the The Inn at Shining Waters Series so I was excited to read an excerpt from River's Call and look forward to reading it as well.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy of River's Song available via NetGalley.


RAnn said...

This one has been on my Kindle for some time...as have many others.

RAnn said...

Have you noted that River's Call is on NetGalley too?

Renee said...

Thanks.... I hadn't checked for some strange reason.