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River Jordan by [Trobaugh, Augusta]
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Family secrets, redemption, and the power of love are Trobaugh's themes in this affecting novel set in a small southern town in the not-too-distant past. Jordan is a thoughtful and dreamy child, who escapes her stepfather's coldness and her mother's distance through the understanding of Peony, the family cook, whose last name, probably not coincidentally, is also Jordan. Peony's sister, Pansy, newly released from prison after serving time for accidentally killing her abusive husband, finds a place caring for Miss Amylee, Jordan's elderly grandmother. These African American, flower-named sisters, with their good cooking, good manners, and deep religious faith, find ways of dealing with a recalcitrant teen waitress, with Miss Amylee's fading attention, and with their beloved but simpleminded brother. Trobaugh's prose is deft and sweet: "'My name is Isaiah' [he] said in a way that made the word float out into the air all decorated with little curlicues." A comforting read. GraceAnne DeCandido
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"Memorable . . . [Written] with a gentle hand and glass-clear prose." -- The Sun (Baltimore) on Sophie and the Rising Sun

Product Details

  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (February 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A4CQCY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I loved SWAN PLACE by Trobaugh and thought I'd surely enjoy her new book. While the writing is flowing and superb in its detail, it leaves much of the plot amiss for the reader. At least it did for me.
First of all there are way too many Jordan references. Jordan is a young girl who lives with her mother and stepfather. Their househelper, Peony has the last name Jordan. Peony's sister is named Pansy Jordan but she has a fantastic dream and changes her name to River Jordan because she feels she needs to go there someday. Follow?
Jordan's parents go to Savannah on a trip and she gets to stay with Pansy and AmyLee (her stepfather's mother) which she enjoys. Then Gertie and her beau, Bill, come into the picture and well, the gang heads out of town to help the couple.
All through the story, Jordan has 'spells' and her mother administers castor oil on a daily basis. Her illness is never fully explained and is thought of as imagination. Oh it's just so confusing.
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River Jordan

This read starts out with a woman named Pansy, who is in jail for the murder of her husband. She was beat by him repeatedly and didn't mean for him to fall and hit is head, causing his death. In the end, when someone is dead, someone will pay the consequences. Pansy gets a visit from the Lord, telling her she is to be baptized in the River Jordan. Not sure what this means, Pansy gets freed and goes to live temporarily with Miss Amylee, a position of caretaker her sister Peony has arranged for her.

Then we have Jordan, who's mother is married to the son of Miss Amylee. Jordan has spells where she goes to another land, and they give her castor oil for this.

Gertie is another character, spoiled and just wants to get out of the town. So she goes on a date with a construction worker and you will have to read the rest to find out the best parts of this book!

I did enjoy this book. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't understand why Jordan had the spells, I didn't understand the stepdad and his lack of warmth. It was touched on in the book, but I have felt kind of lacking for a conclusion. A good read though no doubt! ENJOY!!
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The story opens with a woman in prison for killing her abusive husband. Jesus comes to her in her cell and tells her to come to Him and be baptized in the River Jordan. After her parole, she goes home to the small Southern town populated with her family and the white folks they serve. In her journey to the River Jordan and redemption, she is joined by a frequently confused old lady and a young girl. In a racially segregated era in the South, close bonds are forged between those who serve and those who are served - a paradox common in that time and place. This tale of the South is a story of redemption and love, family love, love of caregivers and recipients of care, and romantic love.
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I like books set in the South. The characters are good people who truly care for one another. It is not totally clear what era it is in but I probably mid 1960s. No huge surprises but a generous story about second chances.
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I downloaded this book for free from Amazon and it was wonderful. My goal is to review the book without giving a synopsis of the story as others have already done this. The characters made the story come alive. I loved Pansy, Peony, & Jordan. The writing was extremely well done and the editing was first rate. I get so annoyed when I read a book that is loaded with spelling errors. When I finished the book it was like I was leaving old friends behind and I yearned to be part of their world for a bit longer. I am an avid reader and I must say this is one of the best books I have ever read. This was the first of Ms. Trobaugh's works that I read but it won't be the last!
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The personalities of Jordan,Pansy, Peony, aunt May, and Gertie were well developed and delightful. Pansy's vision and the events that happen to bring about at least a partly happy ending were endearing. I would love to pass The River Jordan on to my sisters, daughter, or mother! You have a wonderful gift Augusta Trobaugh
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What a wonderful book!!! Ms. Trobaugh I hope that you read this so you will know how much I have loved & enjoyed all your books. This one is as good as the others and maybe even a little bit better. The south, with all its eccentric characters, is at it's very best & most beautiful in your books. Your characters are precious & I wish that I knew Aunt Rose & her girls personally, but especially River. Please write more like this.
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River Jordan was kind of like sitting on the porch on a warm summer night. It was pleasant and comfortable, but not too significant or lasting. The characters were likable and believable. It was quite worth a few summer nights' time if you don't have something more important to do. Just like sittin' on that porch.
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