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Product Details

  • Series: The Inn at Shining Waters (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426712669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426712661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.

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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A great story, memorable characters, great descriptive writing of the area where story takes place in Oregon...
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What I read interested me enough that I would definitely read the second book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By luv to read on November 12, 2011
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While I loved the story and really enjoy reading Melody's books, the kindle edition has so many errors it was difficult to read at times - there are paragraphs that are reversed (i.e. an answer to one person's dialogue comes before the question!). At one point there was a section of 1 partial sentence plus 2 complete sentences inserted over and over again! I don't know if this is the problem on all kindle editions of this book or if something "went wrong" on my download but it was extremely frustrating!!! First problem I've had with any kindle book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cllane2 on September 11, 2011
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Anna Larson has returned to her childhood home on the river for her mother's funeral. She stays for a few days after the funeral to sort through some of her mother's belongings. While out on her grandmother's canoe, Hazel sees her, and can't believe her eyes. Hazel is doing research on the local Native American tribes. Anna happens to be Native American. She invites Hazel to see some of her mother and grandmother's things and allows her to stay in her grandmother's cabin. Hazel suggests to Anna that the property, which was once a store, might be a good place for an Inn. Anna, tired of living with her mother-in-law's insults, begins to ponder the idea, but is unsure she could afford to do it. Anna had married young, and her husband never introduced her to his mother. When Anna met her mother-in-law, the mother-in-law thought Anna was hired help. When she found out she was her son's wife, she began to make Anna's life miserable. Soon, Anna and her husband had a daughter, and Anna's husband went off to war. When he return, injured, he had lost more than just part of his physical body. Anna had spent the next 10 years caring for her husband and living under her mother's roof. Anna had become essentially a slave, doing all the housework, caring for her husband, trying to raise their daughter. When her husband died, Anna's life didn't change, at least not until returning to her childhood home. Will Anna have the courage to change her life by making the property into an Inn?

I received the galleys of this book from Net Galley for the purpose of this review.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2011
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Very often things happen in life over which we have no control. We do the best we can with the circumstances. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have the chance to make a change. This is what is before Anna Larson when River's Song begins. When she was young, she fell in love. Leaving her family on the river behind, she went to be with her husband. When war changes everything, Anna stays with her husband's family, acting as more of a servant than daughter in law. Her mother's death adds to her unhappiness, but it offers her the chance to go back home to take care of her parent's things. When Anna gets there, she finds few reasons to return to the life she's been living. A whole new world opens up to her on the river. She finds there is healing there, for her and others.

This is a very smooth read. There are no shocking twists and turns, no jarring tragedies. I found that to be refreshing. This story of a woman's life coming full circle will draw many readers in. The journey Anna takes to healing is compelling. River's Song is a good choice for this time of year when many people feel like starting over. A good book to curl up with as the weather changes and we seek comfort in blankets and hot tea.

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books. She has been nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement award. Her book Homeward won a Rita Award. She and her husband live in Oregon near their two grown sons and their families.

River's Song written by Melody Carlson. Published by Abingdon Press
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on August 13, 2011
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Melody Carlson has a winner here. I loved watching Anna grow from a fearful daughter-in-law to successful business woman and loved wife. I loved watching her grow in self-confidence. I cringed for her during her interactions with her mother-in-law and daughter. I rejoiced as she reconnected with old friends and made new ones on the river.

The book is Christian fiction but Jesus is never mentioned. God is, a little. Anna's husband always prays before meals. It is mentioned that Anna's grandmother was Christian--but only in the sense that some anthropologist did not consider her to be a true source of Indian culture since she had adopted Christianity. The most overly religious part of the book had to be with forgiveness, but there is no real discussion of the Christian command to forgive; rather it is pointed out that those who can't forgive generally hurt themselves more than the one they refuse to forgive.

This is part one of a series but it stands alone well, with this book having a happy ending and no real cliff-hanger.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. I was not obligated to write any review, much less a positive one. Grade: A-
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 2, 2011
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There comes a time when even your most favorite author writes a book you just don't like. As most of you know, I adore Melody Carlson's books and have so for years. However this book and I were like oil and water. We just were not going to mix at all together. From reading other reviews, it appears that I am the only person who feels this way but I can't help it. The story, I felt, could have been very interesting. The book takes place during the late 1950s/early 1960s. Anna is part Native American and has faced racism her entire life. She moves back to her hometown to start a new life near the lake side. I was interested in life in the small town and Anna's idea of opening up an inn. However, most of the story just did not gel with me.

I disliked Anna's character very much. I found her to be a doormat who can't stand up for herself. The whole situation with her mother in law drove me nuts. I think what bothered me the most is that Anna just let herself be taken advantage of. She never tried to defend herself or break out of the cycle. Now her own daughter doesn't have much respect for her. Even after she finally finds her voice, she's still not very strong. I just really dislike characters who keep relying on others and don't have faith in themselves.

I also couldn't stand her mother in law. I'm sorry but Eunice is a bitch, plain and simple. There is no other way to describe this viscous, prejudiced, evil woman who took advantage of Anna and then tried to ruin her life. Unfortunately we never learn why she is like this or what causes her behavior. That is disappointing because it makes her one dimensional. It's actually a bit annoying that one has to wait for the next book to discover more about her.
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