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The River Witch [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Brock
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Book Description

Broken in body and spirit, she secludes herself in the mystical wilderness of a Georgia island. Can she find herself in the sweetness of old songs, old ways, and the gentle magic of the river people?"

Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not miss."

-Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Gods in Alabama

"Kimberly Brock's The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve-story and character that linger in the reader's consciousness. Such is the power of Roslyn Byrne, who retreats to Manny's Island, Georgia, in search of herself, only to discover her great need of others. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise."

-Terry Kay, internationally known author of the classic novel, To Dance With The White Dog

"There is magic and wonder in The River Witch, but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery."

- Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Ballad of Tom Dooley

"With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life." -Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Perfect Love Song

Kimberly Brock is a native Southerner, a former actor and special needs educator. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines. She lives with her husband and three children north of Atlanta, Georgia. The River Witch is her first novel.


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Can the river heal her?
Roslyn Byrne is twenty-four years old, broken in body, heart and soul. Her career as a professional ballet dancer ended with a car wreck and a miscarriage, leaving her lost and grieving. She needs a new path, but she doesn't have the least idea how or where to start. With some shoving from her very Southern mama, she immures herself for the summer on
Manny's Island, Georgia, one of the Sea Isles, to recover.

There Roslyn finds a ten-year-old girl, Damascus, who brings alligators, pumpkins and hoodoo into her sorry life.

Roslyn rents a house from Damascus's family, the Trezevants, a strange bunch. One of the cousins, Nonnie, who works in the family's market, sees things Roslyn is pretty sure she shouldn't, and knows things regular people don't. Between the Trezevant secrets and Damascus's blatant snooping and meddling, Roslyn finds herself caught in a mysterious stew of the past and present, the music of the river, the dead and the dying who haunt the riverbank, and a passion for living her new life.

From the Back Cover

Broken in body and spirit, she secludes herself in the mystical wilderness of a Georgia island.

Can she find herself in the sweetness of old songs, old ways, and the gentle magic of the river people?


"Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not miss."


~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Best-Selling author of Backseat Saints

 
"Kimberly Brock's The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve - story and character that linger in the reader's consciousness. Such is the power of Roslyn Byrne, who retreats to Manny's Island, Georgia, in search of herself, only to discover her great need of others. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise."

~~ Terry Kay, Honored Georgia author of To Dance With the White Dog

"There is magic and wonder in "The River Witch," but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery."

~~ Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley


"With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life."


~~ Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Best-Selling author of Driftwood Summer

Product Details

  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611941237
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W5B8NY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, bittersweet, and uniquely Southern April 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kimberly Brock wowed me with this, her debut novel. You can read the blurb for a synopsis of the story, but in my opinion, it's less a story than it is an experience. Brock took me to a place I've never been and made me see the mist rising off the river in the morning, let me smell the herbs from the conjure woman's garden and made me long for a taste of the pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing that Damascus serves up from her precious pumpkin patch. I read to escape, and Brock let me escape to a place fraught with loss -- lost children, lost love, lost faith -- yet ripe with possibility. I couldn't put it down.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Debut July 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. The review is based solely on my opinion and was not influenced by author or publisher.

Roslyn Byrne hit rock bottom, hard. Three back to back tragedies force Roslyn to seek solitude on Manny's Island, where she's hoping to search within herself for answers. It's not solitude that she finds once she lands on the island. For the summer she has rented a house that is shrouded in mystery and rumors. She reluctantly finds a friend in her landlord's sister Ivy, an admirer in Ivy's son and a ward in Damascus, who happens to be her landlord's troubled 10 year daughter. And then there is Urey, the landlord that is as esoteric as the house itself. Through her relationships with these people, and others on the island she finds that she isn't the only one with problems. Helping the islanders work through their issues may just help Roslyn find the answers that she seeks.

This book was nothing like I expected it to be, which isn't a bad thing. I had a hard time getting through the story at first as it seemed slow moving. I also felt a little confused by certain flashback scenes, I couldn't tell which direction the story was headed. Once I got used to the author's writing style and character dialogue the smoother everything flowed . I really liked the premise of the story and the fact that everything was not always sunshine and roses. Aside from the fact that some of the drama seemed a little overdone, I think the characters were realistically portrayed. I enjoyed the way the characters developed throughout the book, learning more about the kind of people they were by how they managed their situations. There is quite a bit of Southern charm that comes through in Kimberly Brock's writing as well as a Southern way of life. I think this is a debut novel that shows a lot of promise.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The River Witch April 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
As I read this book, I was wishing I could hear the music that is described throughout it and streams through the main character's mind when she needs to feel close to home. Then I put two and two together and wondered if the music the congregation was singing in the movie Cold Mountain is the same. It is, and native to Appalachia. I think I like that most about the book, though my heart ached for both the lost "little girls" whose lives the story surrounds. It is memorable from the start and gut-wrenching to the end.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, timeless, and breathtaking July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The River Witch is phenomenal - one of the best books I've ever read; the kind of book that resonates deep inside and you know will linger there always. It is unfathomable to me that this is Kimberly Brock's debut novel...and there is no way I'm going to do the book justice in this review, but I'll try.

Roslyn Byrne has experienced multiple tragedies in quick succession that have left her completely lost and broken. As a professional ballerina, Roslyn worked hard to be the best dancer so her mother and grandmother would be proud of her. Faced with a tragic accident that leaves her unable to dance, and the subsequent loss of her unborn child and the death of her grandmother, Roslyn seeks refuge for the summer on Manny's Island in Georgia.

The recluse house she rented for the summer seems like the perfect place to find herself, but Roslyn discovers seclusion may not be what she needs after all. Just maybe a family, also in desperate need of healing themselves, is the key to forgiveness and moving on.

This is one of those books written so well you actually hear and smell and feel everything as though you're actually there. The southern culture is portrayed absolutely perfect; it's not overdone or forced. You can tell Brock is from Georgia - she knows the South. There was not a single negative in this book for me. The characters, the plot, the setting, the writing style - it's all brilliant.

The narrative switches back and forth between 10 year old Damascus (a native of the island) and Roslyn; Damascus in third person and Roslyn in first, which lends the reader even more distinction between the characters. Although, their personalities are both well-defined, even if this weren't the case. I adore Damascus. I wanted to reach in and bring her home with me.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just don't know... April 19, 2013
By Beverly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like some others, I just don't get the story, and the editing, or lack thereof, is beyond belief. The cart's "peddle" was all the way to the floor, and the main character had "hoarded" in on Urey's space. I'm only 33% in, and I'm done. The errors are too distracting; I feel like I need to read it with a red pen in hand.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The River Witch - Kimberly Brock June 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
The River Witch - by Kimberly Brock

First of all, I would like to say that this is not really a paranormal or fantasy novel. There really is not a witch by the river. Having said that, superstition and hoaxes are addressed in this novel. I address this issue first, because I myself would not have downloaded this ebook if I had not read on someone's blog the same thing.
I would say that this story is about women relationships and issues. I really liked Roslyn and how she worked through her issues, separating herself from her mother when she goes down to Georgia, and how she deals with and accepts Damascus, the daughter of her landlord. These two are the main characters, (30 yearish unwed woman and an 8 year old waif) and the novel shows their strengths.
Ivy, who befriends Roslyn and is Damascus' aunt is also lovable, and I admired her for stepping in to help her brother Urey and his daughter Damascus.
The River Witch flowed and ebbed like the waters of a river, steady and sure until the end, bringing with it rich and wondrous treasures, both for Roslyn and Damascus as well as the reader. I would recommend The River Witch to friends and Book Clubs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a stupid book. I never could get interested
It was a stupid book. I never could get interested. Characters were never developed.
I read all the the time and have diverse interests. This book just didn't do it for me.
Published 5 days ago by Ginny
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
This book was a nice easy read. For times when you just want to sit down and relax a little.
Published 11 days ago by Nora
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Novel
A strange and engrossing tale. I wanted it to keep going on and on.
Published 11 days ago by Constant Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, very well written.
Published 17 days ago by Scarlet
4.0 out of 5 stars The more I think about the themes the author included ...
The more I think about the themes the author included the more impressed I become. Strong sense of place and an unusual cast of characters. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Writer-type
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful story line. Great characters.
Published 27 days ago by Lady Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice, easy read. people with thier own agenda, trying to help a little girl with her own problems.
Published 1 month ago by D. Rondy
3.0 out of 5 stars I just didn't get it
I liked the premise of the book, ballet dancer's career ended by a car accident, loses baby and runs off to a sparsely populated island to lick her wounds. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Connie C
1.0 out of 5 stars Very slow moving story. I kept waiting for something ...
Very slow moving story. I kept waiting for something to happen & it never did.
Published 2 months ago by Virgo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
The characters are alive, the writing is intimate and beautiful. It helps you find yourself! I would recommend this book hands down.
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More About the Author

Kimberly Brock was named Georgia Author of the Year 2013 for her debut novel, Kindle bestseller, The River Witch (Bell Bridge Books/April 2012. A southern mystical tale set against the backdrop of the Appalachian foothills and the Georgia Sea Islands, The River Witch has been chosen by national and international book clubs.

"Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not miss."

~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Best-Selling author of Backseat Saints

A former actor and educator, Kimberly Brock's work has appeared in magazines and anthologies. She serves as Blog Network Coordinator for national online book club, She Reads, and works as a certified Pilates instructor. Kimberly spends her non-writing time enjoying her husband and three children, north of Atlanta where she makes her home.

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