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River of Tears Paperback – April 4, 2016
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About the Author
I live in a place where I allow my imagination to rule me. I have lived most all of my life wondering-- 'What If?' Things just sort of go from there. I have more fun sitting in front of my computer getting lost in my "characters' lives" than riding a roller coaster. Then again, I love playing the Sims too...something in common there? It's funny but when a writer says they get their ideas from everywhere, they are telling you the truth. I can sit in a restaurant, a bar, or the airport and out of nowhere an idea hits me, just by watching the people. I can sit and come up with a story about his/her life right then. I can imagine what he/she is doing there at that moment and the next second I'm jotting down the plot and ignoring (not on purpose) the people I'm with. When the people I'm with see me bent over the table with pen and paper, they all stop talking until I'm done because they know they'll get nothing from me until I've laid the pen to rest. Inspiration is defined as s of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. And let me tell you, that my mind is always in overdrive. I love to create a story and get lost in its hold, in my character's lives. I get going on it and let me tell you, I get so caught up in it that it's what I'm thinking of when I go to bed, and it's what I'm thinking of when I open my eyes. Honestly, someone needs to invent a way for me to write while in the shower. I don't know that I know how not to think about the story I'm working with for a day. I can't take a day off, because really it feels as if I'll just explode if I can't get it out. Basically, once I'm working with an idea, I stay lost until that idea is down and in the form of a manuscript, and ready to be read. I am so blessed to have been given a Muse; she keeps me going even when I don't think I can go anymore. Most of the time you can catch me sitting at my computer with my Zune going, and believe it or not, nine times out of ten I can't tell you what's playing. If someone puts the TV on, and I can see it, I'm a lost cause. However, there is a bright side to that; I bet I will come up with another idea for another story. So, if anything that I write touches you in any way, and it leaves you thinking, then I can say I’ve done my job. And if you’d like, you’re welcome to send me an email, I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on Facebook and Michele_lm@rocketmail.com
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This is a story about families. One family begins with young love, marriage, and a perspective on the future that bodes nothing but bliss. The other family, the young husband’s birth family, is haunted by demons that have somehow, some way infested their souls with if not pure evil then surely the proclivity to explore the basest nature of human life in whatever glow the devil’s sly smile radiates
The storytelling follows the young husband’s abduction by his birth family headed by a maternal presence that defies any notions of what motherhood is or should be, set against the young wife’s desperate struggle to find her husband and to reconcile herself to the possibility that perhaps, for whatever reason, he may not wish to be found.
This compelling storytelling takes us through eight years of angst, second-guessing, searching, melancholy, hope, defeat, and all the emotions one can imagine would arise if a loved family member was taken from our embrace, hidden, and disallowed to communicate with us. It explores the depths of familial love and devotion, while providing a snapshot of the dark and dangerous abyss in which familial sickness resides.
The young wife’s faith in God and herself and in the man she loves, her husband, is a theme that persists throughout the storytelling. Faith is the central, adhesive core of this story.
If there is a happy ending, I won’t mention it. You’ll have to discover that for yourself.
I will warn you that this story is hard to read. The things Caiden go through are so horrendous you just don't want to know. I don't know if I could be as strong as Abby and have waited so long and tried so hard. I really wanted to kill his family though! This is a very well written story with lots of hurt violence and angst. There are parts that are skin tingling and spine chilling, but it's a great story. I loved it!
Recommendations: If you like a story with a sad story with lots of angst and hardships, Bad people you will love to hate, this is one to read. Be sure to have box of tissues.
The journey Abby embarks upon leads her back to Caiden's home state--Arkansas, and she reluctantly must face head-on the family from which she'd once before rescued her husband. Will she reach him in time, or is she already too late?
The book is not a particularly challenging read, written in a vernacular that is plain and understandable. Montgomery's writer's voice is very authentic, and her characters are easy to love and easy to identify with. The text is not without grammatical errors, but the depth of the story and the genuineness that the author conveys seem to outweigh any such minor flaws.
Montgomery is a natural story-teller, and she skillfully draws the reader into her fictional world of suspense and nail-biting drama. River of Tears will keep you up at night until the last page is turned, and it is for this reason I proudly award it five stars.