Here is an excerpt from the book's back cover:
“You were made for The River . . .”
Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure.
But something holds him back—the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old—something no child should ever see.
Chains of fear and resentment imprison Gabriel, keeping him from discovering the treasures of The River. He remains trapped, afraid to take hold of the life awaiting him.
When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home. His destiny is within reach. Claiming that destiny will be the hardest—and bravest—thing he has ever done.My Thoughts:
Gabriel Clarke is from a 3rd generation of White Water guides. His father always told him that the Clarke's were made for The River, but when Gabriel was 5 years old, his father drowned in The River trying to rescue a kayaker.
He goes to live with his mother, Maggie, on a farm in Cairo, Kansas. He turns into a very shy boy and doesn't play with any of the other children. Life goes on and when he graduates from High School, he goes to work in the local 5 and Dime store.
Jimmy, who was one of the few friends he made while in school, calls him and tells him to be ready, that they are all coming by to pick him up. They want to go to the local river and kayak. Gabriel would never have gone but he found out that Tabitha was going to be there, so he agreed.
I will stop there so that I don't ruin the whole book and story for you. It's a good feel good story about redemption and love. If Gabriel can get past what happened to his father and let go, the sky is the limit. Does he have the courage and the willingness to try? Well, read the book and find out!
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