Thursday, August 18, 2011

River's Song

Very often things happen in life over which we have no control.  We do the best we can with the circumstances.  Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have the chance to make a change.  This is what is before Anna Larson when River's Song begins.  When she was young, she fell in love.  Leaving her family on the river behind, she went to be with her husband.  When war changes everything, Anna stays with her husband's family, acting as more of a servant than daughter in law.  Her mother's death adds to her unhappiness, but it offers her the chance to go back home to take care of her parent's things.  When Anna gets there, she finds few reasons to return to the life she's been living.  A whole new world opens up to her on the river.  She finds there is healing there, for her and others.

This is a very smooth read.  There are no shocking twists and turns, no jarring tragedies.  I found that to be refreshing.  This story of a woman's life coming full circle will draw many readers in.  The journey Anna takes to healing is compelling.  River's Song is a good choice for this time of year when many people feel like starting over.  A good book to curl up with as the weather changes and we seek comfort in blankets and hot tea.  The Ruminating Reader awards River's Song 4 out of 5 pieces of bacon.

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books.  She has been nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement award.  Her book Homeward won a Rita Award.  She and her husband live in Oregon near their two grown sons and their families.

River's Song written by Melody Carlson.  Published by Abingdon Press