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River's Call by Melody Carlson

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Anna Larson's daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.

Goodreads Summary

Ready for another amazing book by Melody Carlson?  One might think that a daughter coming home would be a glad event; however, when it becomes clear that Lauren is pregnant, everything must be reevaluated.  Lauren does not even want the child, horrifying her mother further, but abortions were not legal around this time period regardless.  When Lauren is soon forced into a marriage, everything goes downhill for her character from there.  The marriage is clearly not likely to work from the beginning, but that does not stop several interfering family members.  Lauren's sham of a marriage lasts through her baby's is only then that Lauren's mother sees that perhaps they did not do the right thing.

Lauren's character is easy to like.  Sometimes the reader will want to shake her, other times the reader will want to hug her.  She is certainly a character deserving of the readers' sympathy.  She is, of course, not blameless in this mess, but what she gets is far worse than the "crime."  The other characters will affect the reader in a variety of ways, some good...some bad.  The author does a great job of connecting the reader to Lauren.

The plot is not necessarily new, but the author makes it feel like a new situation with character he/she should care about involved.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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