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The River House: A Novel Hardcover – June 21, 2005
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Ginnie, the main character in the novel, is one of those women. She has devoted her life to her two children, Amber and Molly, and her career as a psychologist helping troubled children.
Unfortunately, her marriage is more of a close friendship. Her husband and her haven't made love in years and marriage counseling has failed.
When her older daughter, Molly, moves out for school, she thinks that time alone is what they need to reclaim magic they never really had. But she finds out the magic isn't there because it's not possible. Sinking into a depression that is flavored by a personal friend's unhappiness with her own life, she eventually allows herself to be pulled into passion for the first time.
These internal struggles are the real heart of The River House. Ginnie is a sympathetic, believable character who doesn't necessarily make the most socially accepted choices, but she does this with a heavy conscience and something that we can all relate to.
Her grief, exhaustion, and hunger for youth and real attention will get to you. It reminds the reader that life truly is short and that you need to make the right choices when you can.
It's never easy to tell what's really important and valuable, no matter how old you are or what position of life you're in. You have to sacrifice greatly at times and it's not always fair.Read more ›
It doesn't ring true for a trained child psychologist not to care that her 16-year-old daughter fails to do school assignments and stays out till the wee hours drinking and having sex with boys she meets in bars. Her husband is not just emotionally distant, he's actively hostile to their daughters, with no explanation. Dialogue between characters is implausible.
But what I found most irritating was that the educated, intelligent heroine caused dreadful grief to people she loved, when thoughtful planning could have achieved her goal of identifying a criminal while protecting everyone else. She seemed incomprehensibly determined to do it in the most destructive way.
This was an interesting plot; it deserved more believable characters and a better resolution.
A woman of a certain age, Ginnie has, for the most part, treasured her life, her job, husband and daughters, vaguely aware of the absence of passion in her marriage. When she begins the romantic liaison with Will, she attempts to compartmentalize, deceiving herself that these two worlds will never infringe on each other. The brutal crime changes this blissful isolation and Ginnie is forced top confront the ugly reality of infidelity: that others, by association, are involved and can be wounded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is for anyone who has longed for affection or wished just to be hugged....or maybe simply noticed. I loved the way the author uses language.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
just did not meet my expectations which was true of all of these 3 booksPublished 11 months ago by Mavis Holiday
I was happy to find this author. I like her writing very much and the story was very good too. I recommend it.Published on February 1, 2014 by Emily J. Mills
Margaret Leroy's novels have always been excellent. However, this time she shocks with the behavior of a 16 year old girl. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Picky, picky!
I enjoyed this. Bought many of Margaret Leroy's books. I am a fan!Published on August 29, 2010 by S. Wilkerson
"The River House" is an enjoyable, albeit undistinguished, novel. What I appreciated most is the theme that "it is sometimes the hardest thing to know what is right". Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by algo41
Ginnie Holmes is a therapist dealing with troubled youth in the city of London. At work, where she appears to be professionally in control, she feels that she has lost something... Read morePublished on February 4, 2006 by Kevin Tipple