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There’s sweet and sensitive, then there’s downright saccharine. Martin’s vapid tale of a young husband who will go to the ends of the earth to grant his dying wife her final wish is a work of unabashed romanticism and heartbreaking sadness that requires readers to suspend disbelief and simply ride the high current of emotion. When starving artist Doss Michaels interrupts the rape-in-progress of supermodel Abbie Coleman in a Charleston park, he sets in motion a fairy-tale love story. Then, a decade into their storybook marriage, during a year spent visiting European art galleries, thanks to five-figure commissions for Doss, Abbie discovers a lump in her breast, the herald of virulent cancer. With seemingly only days left to live, she makes Doss fulfill a promise to repeat their honeymoon trip canoeing down a river in the wilds of Georgia. The arduous journey is rife with Deliverance-style malevolence as Doss and Abby fight off would-be gang rapists (again!), dodge a hurricane, and employ a bush pilot and defrocked priest to help them. Martin’s jejune and hackneyed sixth novel is being touted as his “mainstream debut,” and it may well appeal to fans of Nicholas Sparks, Robert James Waller, and Richard Paul Evans. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Lovers of love stories, get ready to cry you a ‘River.’”„ŸUSA TODAY

“This tale is a pleasure to read because it eloquently pictures unquestioning, steadfast love.” „ŸFayetteville Observer
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition first Printing edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767926994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767926997
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
WHERE THE RIVER ENDS, Charles Martin's sixth novel following his award-winning CHASING FIREFLIES, is a touching story of love and loss, set with rich detail against the backdrop of Charleston and the St. Mary's River.

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.
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Water can be a metaphor. In many religions and religious ceremonies water is utilized to symbolize the power of cleansing and/or the life sustaining properties for those who drink from its well. A river can depict a smooth and placid picture or conversely can illustrate a trajectory of tumult and uncertainty. So it is with WHERE THE RIVER ENDS, a story that depicts what happens to a couple from diverse backgrounds when the undertow and turbulence of life coupled with an unforeseen act of fate alters the course of their future and, like the waters of an ever moving river, changes it forever. Author Charles Martin has chosen the old adage "The course of true love never runs smoothly" as the foundation on which to erect his metaphoric tale.

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.
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My wife and I have read all previous stories by this author and enjoyed them. This one, however, was disappointing. I can almost hear the publisher telling Charles Martin to "spice it up a bit," "give the reader some graphic sex." One rape scene was more than sufficient, but we had to read about two of them. The language was unnecessarily crude and added realism only for those accustomed to it. Charles Martin should stick to the kind of stories he does best.
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If you like premeditated tearjerkers, this is the book for you.
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.
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