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Time Is a River (Indie Next Pick) Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Monroe delivers another novel of strong Southern women, and though this one has its share of weak moments, the author's love for her characters is palpable throughout. Mia Landan, a cancer survivor, returns to Charleston after a fly-fishing retreat and finds her husband in bed with another woman. Shocked, Mia rushes back to the mountains where she'd been fishing and seeks the help of fly fisherman Belle Carson, who offers her the use of a ramshackle cabin for the summer. Upon Mia's first trip into town, she learns why the cabin looks like it hasn't been opened in years—it's where Kate Watkins, Belle's grandmother, allegedly murdered her lover. But after Mia conveniently finds Kate's diary tucked away in the cabin, she becomes determined to get to the bottom of things, despite Belle's warnings not to stir up the mud. Through a series of occasionally contrived diary entries, flashbacks and folksy recollections from locals, the narrative juxtaposes Kate's story with Mia's self-discovery, and while the predictable ending results from implausibly convenient plot twists, Monroe's fans will still enjoy the author's spin on love, mystery and the power of self-determination. (July)
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Breast cancer survivor Mia Landan returns home to find her husband in bed with another woman. Still weak from the cancer treatments, and not ready to make decisions about her failed marriage, Mia asks Belle Carson, a fly-fishing guide and the head of Casting for Recovery, if she can stay in Belle’s isolated mountain cabin. At first, the solitude isn’t easy, and Mia has to overcome some major fears. Her real healing begins after she discovers the long-forgotten diary of Kate Watkins, a controversial woman ahead of her time, who used to live in the cabin. Kate loved fly-fishing, too, and, guided by her journal, Mia begins to get in touch with the mountains, the wildlife, the river, and herself. A broken woman rediscovers her sense of self-worth in this moving work by a writer known for her lyrical writing style and love of the environment (The Four Seasons, 2004). Monroe once again treats her readers to lush descriptions of nature in this exquisite, many-layered novel of an unsolved mystery, an obsession, a reconciliation, and a little romance. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I've noticed in all the books of yours I've read, the way you describe things, it's so fulfilling to read! Usually, with an author, this tends to make me fast fwd, not with yours.
I love the way each of your books has a theme. I've actually learned a lot about fly fishing from this book, and from others, about Dolphins and turtles.
It makes me feel Sooo good to know, I still have more of your books to read!
priority on her list. I actually felt I was in the mountains of western NC inside the cabin that Mia was able to reunite with her inner self.
I dearly loved the Watkins history and women fly fishing for trout in the mountain
river stream and best of all after the catch
make sure you return the fish to the river and let them live.
Mary Alice Monroe congratulations on a fabulous book.
As a breast cancer survivor myself, I found Ms. Monroe's descriptions of how different men dealt with mastectomy right on point. I could identify with the different stages of emotions Mia was going through. All said and done, an excellent story!
This book, however, was a total surprise as I had purchased it for a "summer read" to get away from the heavy reading
my book club does during the year. This story had everything it needed and then some! The author managed to have an important
story for those who have been through breast cancer weaved through a story of marriage disappointments, family devotion,
new love, the love of nature, AND. . .another story unto itself about a woman from long ago and her love of fly fishing, along with intrigue
and setting the untold story straight. I do believe it was one of the best books I have ever read, and if you know someone who has
been through the trauma of breast cancer, based on that alone it would be worth reading and recommending. Great job, M.A. Monroe!!
Mia is a breast cancer survivor on the physical side of recovery but still dealing with it from a mental and emotional standpoint. Her sister sends her to a survivor retreat in the NC mountains called Casting for Recovery, where breast cancer survivors learn to fly fish and connect with nature and each other as a means of recovery. When Mia returns home, she finds her husband in bed with another woman and she flees back to the NC mountains. She rents a small cabin and decides to stay there for the summer to try to figure out her future life and gets involved in the mystery surrounding the original owner of the cabin.
As with all of Mary Alice's books, her love of nature and the environment shines throughout this book. The river and the mountains are as much a part of the story as the characters. One additional note, Casting for Recovery is a real group that is involved with breast cancer survivors and I am very impressed with their work.
This is a great book - not only do you get a wonderful story but you get to mentally spend time in the beautiful NC mountains.
I read this book bbc (before breast cancer) and thought it was a good read. Through it I learned about Casting for Recovery. A few years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided I would like to attend a CfR retreat. I applied 3 times before being selected. The timing was perfect. I had a reccurance of my breast cancer, was recovering from a mastectomy, and was doing chemotherapy for the second time when chosen. Like Kate, I left the retreat feeling empowered in many ways and with the hope of becoming an independent fly fisherwoman. While there I started reading Time Is a River again. It was even more relevant abc (after breast cancer). I highly recommend this book, especially to those in the breast cancer sisterhood or to those with a loved one who has been diagnosed. It gives a realistic portrayal of the recovery process and neat insight into learning fly fishing.