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Two brothers rescued by John Clarke from a kayaking accident decades ago take divergent paths in life. Jacob dedicates himself to becoming a river guide; his brother, Billy, can't overcome his guilt and shame for what he allowed to happen in his life. Now, their rescuer's son, Gabriel, has returned to the river where his father died to reconnect with his past and to conquer his own feelings of regret and fear. VERDICT Much more than an allegory of rising above the struggles of life, this heartrending sequel to songwriter Neale's best-selling book The River is an introspective story of how to move on from past losses to a future filled with forgiveness. This is a perfect pick for a discussion group and for readers who enjoy character-driven fiction.