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Where the River Ends Paperback – June 23, 2009
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“This tale is a pleasure to read because it eloquently pictures unquestioning, steadfast love.” Fayetteville Observer
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Doss Michaels is a fishing guide and starving artist trying to eke out a living in a small studio in Charleston. A chance encounter with beautiful model Abigail "Abbie" Grace Coleman leads to a 10-year blissful marriage, but when Abbie becomes terminally ill, their lives fall apart. Abbie's once-flawless model's physique is ravaged by cancer, and her strength drains until she's counting her time left in weeks, if not days. On her wish list of 10 things to do before she dies is a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary's River, and Doss promises her they will accomplish it. Despite her father's threats (he wants her to be in the hospital), Doss and Abbie embark on the excursion. Hurricane season looms, which lends urgency and tension as the story progresses.
Martin tells his slow-paced tale well, and competently handles the difficult task of flashing back and forth in time in alternate chapters to tell the story of Doss and Abbie's courtship and their present-day trip down the St. Mary's. Doss and Abby meet with a fair share of hardship and challenges on their epic journey. Fans of the author will find the lavish descriptions of small towns, rivers and rural roads in WHERE THE RIVER ENDS in keeping with his eye for detail in his previous novels, including lots of precise descriptions about the St. Mary's River. As in his past efforts, Martin incorporates subtle faith themes that flow as naturally as the currents of the river.Read more ›
A combination of THE BUCKET LIST, GROUNDHOG DAY and LOVE STORY, this is a chronicle of memories, human frailty, unbreakable bonds and second chances. Touching in places, melodramatic in others this book will definitely not appeal to the realists of the world. This is a melancholy, yet romantic, two handkerchief narrative for those who believe that beauty can be found in the most unlikely places, that love and memory can overcome the pain of loss, and that forgiveness is the most powerful and healing of all of the conscious choices a person can make.
Pros - the author does give a lot of information about the St. Mary's River and how to navigate it. And, there is a boiled down art history lesson. Not to mention the opportunity to cry your eyes out if you are so inclined by vicarious experiences of noble yet tragic characters.
Cons - the characters are 2-D.
The exceptionally beautiful (world famous model), extremely talented (turned world famous designer), yet humble (knows even the lowest people in Charleston by first name who all love her, of course) daughter of the powerful senator who becomes the wife who dies with cancer without ever uttering a cross word.
That senator father.
The step-mother. Need I say more?
The narrator, the husband, who has extreme artistic talent (only recognized by the wife) but absolutely no self-awareness (so why did she love him other than he was the exact opposite of who her father would have chosen?), and who received an art degree without absorbing any art history until the noble wife took him on a tour of the world's art museums. Until then, everything he knew, he had learned from library books furnished by his abused, trailer-park yet noble mother. Who pretty much disappears from the book without a trace.
And, every other character, all of whom were stock, either good or bad. Or, good after having been bad. And, did I mention noble?
If you love this kind of thing, it is exactly the kind of thing you will love.
And, apparently, a lot of people do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story but centered around drug sales . The story is well written and in keeping with Martin"s style. The subject matter was the only reason for a lower rating.Published 9 days ago by Olives
I enjoyed this book, but it had a little too much description of the river, etc. for me.Published 23 days ago by Sylvia Lyman
Do yourself a favor. Read this book. I mean I read fast, but this book flew by like no other. Love, true love, means... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Steve Pollock
So far I have loved every book by Charles Martin (watch out - there are other authors named Charles Martin - some with middle initials, not the same guy at all). Read morePublished 1 month ago by traeand
Great insight into the world of cancer from the spouse's viewpoint. Beautiful tribute to those who love well by sticking close through the hardest of times.Published 1 month ago by Lori
A respectful but informative book about invading the thoughts and physical needs of someone dying of cancer.Published 1 month ago by katiepat
Wonderful as always. He grabs you in first few chapters & holds you. Wonderful to have Christian authors. He does his research but writes a great love story.Published 1 month ago by Pat Groves