The River Queen, Waterwheel Series #1   -     By: Gilbert Morris
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The River Queen, Waterwheel Series #1

B&H Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Julienne Ashby, 24, must change her pampered ways after her father, a prominent businessman in Natchez, Mississippi, loses their fortune and family home to a bad gambling habit in 1850. Like a fish out of water, she aims to refit their one remaining possession, an old riverboat, in hopes of making a profit and restoring the Cuvier name along the mighty Mississippi.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 1433673207
ISBN-13: 9781433673207
Availability: In Stock
Series: Water Wheel

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Julienne Ashby, 24, must change her pampered ways after her father, a prominent businessman in Natchez, Mississippi, loses their fortune and family home to a bad gambling habit in 1850. Like a fish out of water, she aims to refit their one remaining possession, an old riverboat, in hopes of making a profit and restoring the Cuvier name along the mighty Mississippi.

Desperate for help in doing the restoration work, prideful Julienne hires Dallas Bronte, a humiliated captain whose drinking problem stopped his water ways many years ago. Despite initial success, the struggles they will face with other ship owners are almost as challenging as the fiery feelings - of love and hate - that they must sort out for each other. When the riverboat and all aboard meet what looks like certain destruction, God shows Julienne and Dallas only one of those emotions is unsinkable.

Acclaim for The River Queen:

"I have read a lot of Gilbert Morris' books but I think this one is the best of them all."

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Author Bio

Gilbert Morris is among today's most popular Christian writers and has sold millions of his books worldwide. He specializes in historical fiction and won a 2001 Christy Award for the Civil War drama Edge of Honor. Once a pastor and English professor who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, Morris lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Publisher's Weekly

Prolific historical fiction writer Morris has sold more than seven million of his books since he began writing decades ago. Now he turns his pen to the 1850s world of Mississippi riverboats and the life of Julienne Ashby, Southern belle with a mind of her own. When her father dies and the family fortune is lost, Julienne must try to salvage some sort of life. Little does she know that she must put her trust in Dallas Bronte, a man from her past with a drinking problem. Together they rebuild the Natchez Queen, a wrecked riverboat and the only asset the family has. Can the two overcome their emotion-filled past? Can they save the family from destitution? While retailers may reap sales based on the Morris name, readers may face disappointment: shallow emotional depth, stilted dialogue and plot, and underdone characterization. Readers looking for an engrossing, forget-where-they-are tale wonÂ’t find it here. (Nov.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not the best, but not the worst.
    October 30, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The River Queen is the story of Julienne Ashby and Dallas Bronte in the pre-civil war era. When her father suddenly dies, Julienne and her family must move out of their upscale mansion and onto a broken down steamer boat.

    The fact that this book had a lot of faith based conversations and that Jesus and cross are stated plainly, I love because these are the things that set a christian books apart.

    Unfortunately this book only gets 3 stars because of the annoying main character of Julienne, a spoiled and self centered socialite whines and pouts when she doesn't get her way or is confronted with her short comings and she doesn't begin to show the least amount of growth or maturity until the very end of the book. I honestly felt sorry for Dallas who eventually marries her.

    Darcy, her brother, I liked better because although he starts out as a lazy drunk, he does grow up and become a hard working adult.

    Dallas was the best written because although he wasn't a "christian" throughout most of the book, he did his best to do the right thing for people. I felt he had the most "character." He would take one step foreword and two steps back which I liked because he wasn't perfect, but it did show commitment.
  2. missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    i always enjoy pastor morris's books
    August 29, 2012
    barb
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River Queen: A Water Wheel Novel - eBook.
    the book is different from the books i have read of pastor morris but it was a great book to read. the story was very interesting and i could not put the book down until i finished reading it
  3. Iowa
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Read
    June 14, 2012
    Amanda B
    Iowa
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "I want to look pretty, I want to have fun, I want to dance. I might even meet some exciting new people!"

    Thus are the words of the fiery Julienne Ashby whose flaming red-gold locks match her haywire temper and headstrong rebellious air. Spoiled by the life of frills and social calls and glamorous living that sprouts from her family's aristocratic status in the community, Julienne hasn't a care in the world other than the angst of wondering what over-priced outfit she will wear for her next party.

    Along with her tomboy sister who'd rather collect worms than learn geography and her partying brother who spends his days recovering from last night's hangover, this twenty-three-year-old fashion guru of 1855 refuses to cut back on her extravagant lifestyle, despite their father's persistent warnings that the family's financial position is headed downstream fast.

    When tragedy strikes and the Ashbys are forced to sell nearly all their possessions, Julienne is thrust into a position of family leadership, discovering untapped potential as businesswoman and using her stubborn will to keep her family off the street.

    Enter the River Queen. Now the owner of the dilapidated little steamboat, Julienne decides that the Queen is their only chance to make a living and regain their dignity.

    The River Queen seems to mirror its primary owner's soul - strong and steadfast with a potential for great beauty. If only the multiple years' worth of muck and grime can be scrubbed away. Dallas Bronte, the steamer's new captain and pilot sees the hidden inner beauty of both. But will Julienne's pride cause her to turn to a less honorable man for help with the Queen? A man who, unlike Dallas Bronte, is not motivated by a love for the Queen and its feisty owner _ but simply by a desire to own them.

    And will Julienne's regard for her steamboat and its pilot move from one of frigid necessity to, perhaps, even love?

    Through it all, Julienne and Dallas must learn to trust in a God whose power and love they've never fully acknowledged, and realize that no matter how bleak a situation, you're never too filthy for Him to clean up.

    Note: In my personal opinion, the book didn't possess the type of edge-of-your-seat, page-turning pull that I'm used to. However, it did bring back some reminiscent memories of the Mandie series, a childhood favorite of mine, as the historical setting and writing style is similar to that of Lois Gladys Leppard (minus the mystery and frequent kidnappings). But for those who enjoy a good, historical romance with a slight Pride and Prejudice feel and solid Biblical values, this book is a perfect read and should be accompanied by a cozy fireplace and hot cup of chamomile tea.
  4. Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Way Too Detailed Descriptions
    March 27, 2012
    Alannie Marshall
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book seemed interesting to me, so I picked it up and began reading it. The entire first chapter describes the leading lady's bedroom! I mean it tells you what kind of bedding she has and everything! Overall, I couldn't stand the lead character's personality- she didn't have one! This book was so boring, I didn't even finish it.
  5. Winston Salem, NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Captivating Story
    January 12, 2012
    Lady Di
    Winston Salem, NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You can just imagine the setting because of the vivid descriptions. This is one of those books where you are transported back to that time in history. I read this book in a short amount of time because you don't won't to put it down. I loved all the characters, even the "bad guys."
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