By Melody Carlson
Published by Abingdon Press
Source : Review Copy from Glass Road
20 years have passed since Anna has returned to her childhood home on the Siuslaw River in Oregon. Anna’s mother was full Siuslaw Indian, her father from Sweden and they ran a store along the river. Anna’s Grandmother Pearl embraced her heritage, while Anna’s mother tried to move on to modern times, disregarding her Indian heritage. Anna always had an interest in the stories of her Grandma Pearl.
Anna inherits the store and home of her parents. Hazel, a stranger to Anna but soon a trusted friend is doing her doctorate on the Siuslaw tribe and is pleased to run into Anna and find her so willing to share her knowledge with memories with Hazel. Hazel’s son Clark comes to help them bring electricity and phone service to the river home and encourages Anna to conform the store into a lodge along the river. With Hazel and Clark’s help Anna is able to face her ‘cave monsters’, to become strong, and to start living a peaceful life.
Relationships are a big theme in this novel, with the start of Anna’s grandma Pearl and her heritage. The family dynamics are greatly emphasized with Anna and her parents, Anna and her daughter Lauren, Anna and her mother in law, and Anna and the new friends she is meeting on the river, Hazel and Clark. We are shown unhealthy relationships in the novel as well as those that are refreshing and renewing.
Set on the river in peaceful Oregon, this book is layered in history and relationship. It was a fantastic read and I look forward to the second book in the series.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.
In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.