Thursday, September 13, 2012

River's End by Melody Carlson Giveaway

River's End
Melody Carlson

The final story from the Inn at Shining Waters series. This third book continues the legacy of Anna Larson's family, with the focus on her granddaughter Sarah. The relationship between Anna and her own daughter Lauren has been strained but was restored in a previous novel, working together to run the Inn on the river that Anna inherited from her parents in Oregon.

Lauren's daughter Sarah has struggled in finding love and caring in her own mother and runs away from home and is not heard from for 2 years. 2 years of not knowing if she was dead or alive, no contact with either Anna or Lauren. Suddenly one day she appears back at the Inn. She is sickly, underweight and depressed. Anna takes her in, but Sarah doesn't want her mother Lauren to know she is there. Such bitterness still brews in Sarah.

Anna has always been close to her granddaughter and tries to help her through this time by asking her help in the Inn. Sarah was involved in a cult that significantly messed with her mind and concept of God. Anna struggles as a Christian to help Sarah weed through the right and wrong of what the cult did. Sarah is resentful to her Mother and Anna has no choice but to put Lauren at a distance, to try to help Sarah fully come back to them.

I hurt for Lauren in that her daughter Sarah was so unforgiving. That she had to leave on 'vacation' to allow Sarah a place to stay. In the end it worked out for the best giving Lauren a push out of the 'nest' into the world to find her own giftedness, rather than just staying secluded working at the Inn.

Anna is a true matriarch in the family and in this 3rd novel we continue to get to know her better. 3 generations, all with heartache and pain, struggle to put the past behind and live as a family together.
Melody Carlson has a way of weaving emotions in her characters that you feel when you read it. I love when an author evokes feelings like this in a reader!!



About the Author:
Melody Carlson is one of the most prolific novelists of our time. With around 200 books published and sales topping 5 million, Melody writes primarily for women and teens. She’s won numerous honors and awards, including The Rita, The Gold Medallion and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Some of her books are being considered for TV movies and film. Melody has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. When not writing, Melody likes to travel, bike, camp, garden, and walk her dog Audrey in the great outdoors.

Visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.
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