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River's Song, The Inn at Shining Waters - eBook
Abingdon Press / 2011 / ePub
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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.
Sometimes when we look back, we are able to see ahead
"Melody Carlson's River's Song eased through me gently layer by layer, deeper and deeper. This story of re-awakening or renewal appears deceptively simple but wields great emotional power. I look forward to book 2 in The Inn at Shining Rivers series." Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy
"In Rivers Song, Melody Carlson beautifully tells a generational story of a family living alongside the banks of Oregons Siuslaw River. Told with sensitivity and insight the story includes a Native American thread, deals with issues of abuse, and weaves an ending full of redemption and grace. I cant wait to read the next novel in the series!" Leslie Gould, Beyond the Blue and co-author of The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, with Mindy Starns Clark
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.
As Anna Larson has to do in Melody Carlson's book Rivers Song, sometimes we all have to start new in old and familiar places. In the beginning of this novel, Anna returns to her childhood home by the river for her mother's funeral, unhappy and unsatisfied with her life. Living with her cruel mother-in-law and her apathetic, spoiled daughter, Anna feels like a doormat. She is constantly looked down upon by her mother-in-law, Eunice, for being of Native American descent. Returning to the river changes everything.
Anna learns to appreciate her heritage and her old home thanks to her return. She meets an unexpected friend, Hazel, who asks to study Anna's Native American artifacts that belonged to Anna's grandmother. Hazel gives Anna the idea to turn her property into an inn. Anna begins construction on her property and meets Hazel's son, Clark, who works as Anna's contractor. As the building begins, so begins her healing while finding new meaning to her life. Anna comes to the realization that the river is where she belongs. She learns to face her mother-in-law, and she mends the almost nonexistent relationship with her daughter, Lauren. She finds love and finds what it means to be truly happy. Even when she has almost no money and no one to rely on, she finds comfort in God. Genesis 50:21 says, "So then, dont be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." This novel shows a great example of this; when you rely on the Lord, He will provide for you in His own timing.
River's Song is easy to read with drama, love, and heartache all in one. Anna relies on God to take care of her when she has nowhere else to turn. The plot is a little slow at times, but overall this book encompasses a moving story. Hannah Guske, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In this opener for the Inn at Shining Waters series, it's 1959 and Anna Larson, a widow with a spoiled teenage daughter and a nasty mother-in-law, returns to the home where she grew up following her mother's funeral. Her relationships are complex for personal and social reasons: Anna is half Native American, but her late mother turned away from the family heritage, and her mother-in-law is racist and condescending. Back where she started, Anna begins to re-examine her past, her family, and her heritage, aided by assorted locals and the healing Siuslaw River, which, according to native legend, holds stars that make it shine. Carlson (Limelight) has a real gift for propelling a story forward, and she has a nice feel for the Oregon countryside, where she lives. There are problems: mother-in-law Eunice is more caricature than character, and the plotting relies on some significant coincidences (for example, Anna happens to meet a friendly anthropologist while canoeing). But Carlson's many fans will enjoy this one and await the next canoe trip. (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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