Friday, October 12, 2012

The River Book Review

I have a new book to discuss with you tonight called The River written by Michael Neale. It is a book about learning to come to grips with reality and facing it head on and hopefully, if you can, forgive the things that people have done to you in the past. Or in this case, hopefully, to remember what happened that set this man on his path in life.

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!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Christian Fiction said...

I also read and enjoyed The River. It's really a book about trusting God, letting go of past hurts so that you can move forward in life. It's an inspiring story about the possibilities that unfold when you are willing to take a risk. Life with God is meant to be an adventure--this book reminded me of that truth! Great review. Also, the author has free chapters available on his Facebook page if your readers want to read them.

Carol L. said...

This is going on my to read list. I enjoy reading stories about redemption and this sounds like an interesting read I'd enjoy.I hadn't heard of this book before so thanks for reviewing it.
Carol L
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Michele P. said...

I've never read this book, but based on what you have written, it sounds like something I would enjoy.

michele pineda
micaela6955 at msn dot com