Synopsis & Book Info:
Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own mid-life crisis, Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents’ belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. This unique family home is situated on a picturesque coastal tributary and filled with an assortment of nostalgic memories. But Anna soon learns that more than just her past resides along the banks of the Siuslaw River; her future will be discovered there as well. For the first time since childhood, Anna begins to embrace her native heritage and river roots. She finds healing and hope, restores some old relationships, initiates some new ones, explores romance, and begins to grow into the woman that God intended her to be. By transforming her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, Anna creates a place of healing—a place where guests experience peace, grace, and new beginnings.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press
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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 True Colors 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 committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.
I really enjoyed this story.
Being a John Steinbeck fan, this was almost reminiscent in the style of writing and how descriptive the author is. I love how the book flowed, and how the characters seem to fit in at the right times.
I especially enjoyed the Native aspect, due to my own heritage.
The characters were all fantastic and seem to fit perfectly in the story, even the villian or "grandmother". You may dislike her character immensely, but remember if the character invokes that much emotion in you, she must be well written. I really hated the grandmother so I knew right away the author was a fantastic story teller.
I think a lot of people will enjoy this book, even if it's a romance. It's not a erotic story in any way. I find it more a story about family and finding yourself.
~I received a copy from Glass Road. I was not compensated for my opinion.~