Tuesday, August 2, 2011

River's Song

River's Song
by Melody Carlson

After the recent death of her mother, Anna Gunderson moves back to her childhood home to clean out her parents' things. She's had a hard life - she lost her husband at a young age, and she and her 18-year-old daughter have lived with her cruel mother-in-law ever since. At her childhood home, she meets old friends and  makes some new ones, and becomes inspired to turn the house into a bed and breakfast.

I wasn't sure I'd be able to say this, but I did like this book. The first few chapters were hard to get through - it was depressing to read about all that Anna had gone through, and it seemed as if the world was against her. In fact, if I hadn't committed to reading this book for a review, I would have put it down. In the end, I am glad I had a reason to finish. The story did get more interesting, and I enjoyed reading about Anna's "new lease on life." Interestingly, it's the first in a series of books called "The Inn at Shining Waters." The end of the book featured the first chapter of the next book, River's Call. What I read interested me enough that I would definitely read the second book.

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road Public Relations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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