Bone River

Bone River

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by Megan Chance
     
 

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In the mid-19th century, Leonie Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in the Washington Territory. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession — collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the area.

On her thirty-seventh birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from a riverbank — a

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In the mid-19th century, Leonie Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in the Washington Territory. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession — collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the area.

On her thirty-seventh birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from a riverbank — a mummy that by all evidence shouldn’t exist. As Leonie searches for clues to the mummy’s origins, she begins to feel a strangely mystical connection to it. When Junius’s long-lost son, Daniel, appears one day, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection. But protection from whom? The mummy or, perhaps, Daniel?

Leonie has always been a good daughter, a good wife, but for the first time, these roles do not seem enough. Finding the mummy has changed everything, and now Leonie must decide if she has the courage to reject the expectations of others to be the woman she was meant to be.

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Publishers Weekly
Leonie Russell was only 17 when her beloved ethnologist father died, and she honored his dying wish that she marry his associate, Junius, despite their age difference. Twenty years later, in 1875, Leonie, an ethnologist herself, uncovers the mummified remains of a woman on the river bank. As the connection she feels to the dead woman becomes an obsession, Junius’s long-lost son, Daniel, arrives, determined to make his father pay for abandoning him, along with Daniel’s mother, more than 20 years ago. Daniel, now 27, claims to be a newspaper reporter, but Junius has his doubts. Leonie and Daniel discover reference in her father’s journals to a mysterious experiment, and tensions, both in the house and the landscape, rise. As the subject of the experiment and its connection to Leonie are revealed, Leonie’s grasp on herself, her father, and her husband come under threat. The ruthless Pacific Northwest, rendered in breathtaking detail, is an important additional character. The attitudes held toward native tribes by both Leonie’s father and Junius are abrasive but true to the era. Though the novel gets off to a slow start and unfolds at a deliberate pace, revelations about the experiment are heartbreaking. Chance’s latest (after The Spiritualist) is a complex, intriguing read. Agent: Inkwell Management. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612184845
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Olympia, Washington, Megan Chance is the award-winning author of several novels, including City of Ash, Prima Donna, The Spiritualist, and An Inconvenient Wife. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a criminal defense attorney, and their two daughters.

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Bone River 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
The book started VERY slowly and I wondered if it was worth sticking with the story.  But it picked up toward the end of the first disc and I really enjoyed the rest of the tale.  Great images in my mind of what it must've been like for women on the SW coast of Washington during the late 1800s.  The romance was no surprise; it was just a matter of time before it was consumated.  But I was caught off-guard by the big reveal--that's what good and great writers do for their readers.  Leonie seemed to be a strong, independent woman yet she always deferred to her husband's wishes.  When her stepson, Daniel, arrives at the homestead, he makes her see that her opinions matter, that she has value as a person on her own, not just as his father's wife.  I'm glad I stuck with the first bit of the book because it ended up being a thoroughly enjoyable story.