Thursday, March 29, 2012

River's Call by Melody Carlson ~ review

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press Fiction (February 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426712677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426712678
  • Source for book: Glass Roads Blog Tour

My take on this book:
It's Oct. 1959 and Anna Lawson and her husband Clark, who by the way have been married for two weeks are back home on the Siuslaw River where they are  working to get The Shining Water Inn up and running. When Anna's daughter Lauren calls saying she is sick with the flu, they decide to bring her to the inn, her flu symptoms soon reveal something else entirely, Lauren is going to have a child.Because she isn't married Lauren wants to have an abortion, and while Anna is horrified, she is determined to support her daughter's decisions. What will Lauren do? 

I read every Melody Carlson book that I can get my hands on and I am never disappointed in her storytelling. She is such a versatile author who can easily allow me to connect with her characters. In this story Anna was such a realistic character, dealing with the difficult situation of trying to help her adult daughter make the right decision.Lauren's character wasn't so easy to like, but by the end of the story I felt like I understood her. Her faith in God seemed so normal and natural. I loved the way the plot of this story moved along at a brisk pace that kept me interested from beginning to end.

"River's Call" is the second story in The Inn at Shining Water Series, and while it can be read as a stand alone work, I would recommend reading the first book in the series so that you can really understand the relationships between the characters. Overall another great read from Ms. Carlson.

About the author:
Image of Melody CarlsonMelody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

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