River’s Song

712661: River"s Song, Inn at Shining Waters Series #1 River’s Song, Inn at Shining Waters Series #1
By Melody Carlson / Abingdon Press

Title of Book: River’s Song

 Author: Melody Carlson
ISBN 978-1-4267-1226-1
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein  
Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, Widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parent’s belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage despite the disdain of her vicious mother-in-law. By transforming her old family home on the banks of Oregon’s Siuslaw River into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing; a place where guests experience peace, grace, and new beginnings. Starting with her own family.  
Melody Carlson, an award-winning author of more than 200 books, is the author of River’s Song.  Melody Carlson is also the author of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Melody Carlson has three books worth mentioning here: Double Take, Homeward, and Christmas Shoppe.  Check your hometown book store, or Amazon. By the way, River’s Song is available for e-readers.  Melody Carlson and her husband live in Oregon. For more about Melody Carlson, go to her website: www.melodycarlson.com  
River’s Song by Melody Carlson, is set in Oregon following The War.  Widow Anna Larson changes from a fearful, troubled servant of her mother-in-law, into a self-assured business woman.  Her journey to freedom and healing began when she returned to her childhood home on the banks of the Siuslaw River, following her mothers death. In town, she leaves behind an angry mother-in-law and a spoiled daughter, though she longs to have her daughter with her. Through the help of Hazel, who is working on her college thesis, Babette, her mother’s friend, and Clark, Anna begins to recognize the potential of turning her family home into an inn, The Inn at Shining Waters, that could help her make a living there on the river, so she would never have to go back to the home of her vicious mother-in-law.  
 I was uncomfortable with the hateful words spewing from the mother-in-law.  Her use of squaw and Indian, in such a contemptuous way almost made me put the book down. Native Americans, and those who still call themselves Indian, would be terribly offended by the repeated use of those words in that manner.   This book is not overly religious. However the reader will see prayer, a Christian lifestyle, and wholesomeness. And they’ll see Anna work through forgiveness of someone who certainly doesn’t deserve forgiveness.    I won’t have any trouble recommending Rivers Song.  If you’re looking for a book to while-away a few hours, this is the book.  River’s Song – by Melody Carlson.    

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