River’s Call

712678: River"s Call, Inn at Shining Waters Series #2 River’s Call, Inn at Shining Waters Series #2
By Melody Carlson / Abingdon Press

Title of Book: River’s Call
Author: Melody Carlson
ISBN 978-1-4267-1267-8 (trade pbk.)
Publisher: Abingdon Press / fiction
Publication Date: 2012
Reviewer: Dell Smith KleinABOUT THE BOOK:
What happens when the ties between generations are severed? 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. But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis—one that puts the entire family at risk.

Melody Carlson, an award-winning author of more than 200 books, is the author of River’s Call. A previous book in The Inn at Shining Waters series was River’s Song. Carlson is also the author of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She has three books worth mentioning here: Double Take, Homeward, and Christmas Shoppe. Some of her books are available for e-readers. Melody Carlson and her husband live in Oregon. For more about this author, go to her website: www.melodycarlson.com

After reading Book One of The Inn at Shining Rivers series, River’s Song by Melody Carlson, I looked forward to her current novel, River’s Call. As I read, I began again to care for Anna Larson and her husband Clark. It was good to see Hazel, Clark’s mother, and other friends on the river. Having read the first book, readers aren’t deep into River’s Call before they remember that Anna’s first mother-in-law is a nasty human being. Her racist remarks about Anna’s heritage showed her lack of manners. And, I pray that Carlson’s Native American readers will not be offended. I personally enjoyed the legends and descriptions of artifacts of the Suislaw people.

River’s Call kept me reading. I appreciated the way Carlson wove her story of Anna Larson’s rebellious granddaughter with that of her wayward daughter, Lauren, and Anna’s own gentle life at the inn.

If you are looking for a book to tuck in your vacation bag, River’s Call by Melody Carlson will be a good choice. Oh, by the way, her third book in this series will be available in the Fall of 2012.


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