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River's Call (Inn at Shining Waters Series #2)

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Ready for another amazing book by Melody Carlson? One might thi

    Ready for another amazing book by Melody Carlson? One might think that a daughter coming home would be a glad event; however, when it becomes clear that Lauren is pregnant, everything must be reevaluated. Lauren does not even want the child, horrifying her mother further, but abortions were not legal around this time period regardless. When Lauren is soon forced into a marriage, everything goes downhill for her character from there. The marriage is clearly not likely to work from the beginning, but that does not stop several interfering family members. Lauren's sham of a marriage lasts through her baby's is only then that Lauren's mother sees that perhaps they did not do the right thing.

    Lauren's character is easy to like. Sometimes the reader will want to shake her, other times the reader will want to hug her. She is certainly a character deserving of the readers' sympathy. She is, of course, not blameless in this mess, but what she gets is far worse than the "crime." The other characters will affect the reader in a variety of ways, some good...some bad. The author does a great job of connecting the reader to Lauren.

    The plot is not necessarily new, but the author makes it feel like a new situation with character he/she should care about involved. This book is recommended to adult readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Strong second book in series

    Book One, River's Song, in Melody Carlson’s Inn at the Shining Waters series ended as Anna juggled not only a new business as innkeeper, but a new marriage. The only unsettled area of her life was her relationship with teenager daughter Lauren. Book two, River’s Call starts months later as Anna settles into her life on the river and Lauren begins her first semester at college. Battling an unknown, recurring illness, Lauren reaches out to her mother and comes to the inn for a few days R&R. It will surprise no reader that Lauren is not really sick, but is pregnant. Anna’s domineering, former-mother-in-law will re-enter the story as she swoops into “solve” the problem. The three women (and soon to be four) representing different beliefs and different generations will struggle across the 1960s and the 1970s. The title River’s Call hints at the peace that life on the river can provide, and for the most part Anna is able to achieve that. She re-embraces her Native American heritage and grows in her Christian faith. Her marriage is solid and loving, but you will need to read the novel to see how she copes with her adult daughter and new granddaughter.

    The book covers over fifteen years and yet it is not a lengthy novel, therefore there were gaps in time within the story that I felt would be unrealistic for a family living just a few hours apart. I guess that is part of fiction, especially series fiction, that I find lacking. I did feel that Lauren’s grandmother (Anna’s ex-mother-in-law) was the most interesting character within this novel, and I accepted her changes as the story progressed. I would recommend reading both books in close succession since the stories are so closely tied and the books are not long.

    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Great reading...

    I actually liked this book better than the first book in the series, River's Song. There is something very appealing about these books to me. They are good fiction with a Christian undercurrent. The storylines are interesting and keep me wanting more while representing good values and ideals such as forgiveness, prayer, faith, love, acceptance, strength in adversity, etc. There was a preview from part of the last chapter of the final book called River's End and now I can't wait to read it and finish the trilogy.

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    Posted August 19, 2012

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