The Mill River Recluse: A Novel

The Mill River Recluse: A Novel

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by Darcie Chan
     
 

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The sensational New York Times bestseller The Mill River Recluse reminds us that friendship, family, and love can come from the most unexpected places. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

From the outside, Mill River looks like any sleepy little Vermont town where everyone knows everyone and people never need to lock their doors. There are…  See more details below

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The sensational New York Times bestseller The Mill River Recluse reminds us that friendship, family, and love can come from the most unexpected places. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

From the outside, Mill River looks like any sleepy little Vermont town where everyone knows everyone and people never need to lock their doors. There are newcomers for whom this appeals, from police officer Kyle Hansen and his daughter Rowen, who are starting over after heartache, to Claudia Simon, the schoolteacher who is determined to reinvent herself.
 
But on closer inspection, there are those in Mill River—including a stealthy arsonist, a covetous nurse, and a pilfering priest—who have things they wish to hide. None more than the widow Mary McAllister, who for the past sixty years has secluded herself in her marble mansion overlooking the town. Most of the residents have never even seen the peculiar woman. Only the priest, Father O’Brien, knows the deep secrets that keep Mary isolated—and that, once revealed, will forever change the community.
 
Praise for The Mill River Recluse
 
“[Darcie] Chan’s sweet novel displays her talent. . . . A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A heartwarming story.”Examiner.com

“A real page-turner.”—IndieReader

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“[Darcie] Chan’s sweet novel displays her talent. . . . A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A heartwarming story.”Examiner.com

“A real page-turner.”—IndieReader

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615523774
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Series:
Mill River , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
4,657
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of the eBook sensation The Mill River Recluse and the upcoming novel The Mill River Redemption. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction full-time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.

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Mill River Recluse 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2254 reviews.
J_Greene More than 1 year ago
This story had me hooked from the moment I read the overview and kept me hooked through the last page. Chan's portrayal of the small town atmosphere and its citizens is dead-on...from the gossiping and nosy neighbors to the sense of community when something goes wrong. She draws you into Mill River from page one, and you will quickly "recognize" your own neighbors throughout the pages. The story is so good that my 15-year-old daughter started reading The Mill River Recluse the day I purchased it, and I didn't get the Nook back until she had finished. She couldn't put it down! I can't wait to see what Chan has in store for us next!
Balina More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read. Very hard to put down. Highly recommended
LavenderLace More than 1 year ago
The Mill River Recluse is a well-written and compelling love story about human compassion set in a charming New England village, in the 1940's. The storyline is a lot of flashback in nature but smartly begins at the end to bring questions to mind that are answered in an exciting and anxious way. I connected with the flawed and realistic and interesting characters, especially Mary McAllister. This feel-good storyline is built around Mary who has spent almost six decades secluded in a white mansion overlooking Mill River. She suffered dreadfully her entire life with an anxiety disorder that pretty much limited her socially to mail and an elderly priest, Father O'Brien. Few have seen the reclusive Mary as she upholds a reputation of being peculiar to the town. Only Father O'Brien knows the secret she keeps, that if revealed will change lives forever. This is a wonderful novel of tragedy and triumph, human values and all facets of love. Terrific for the human spirit!
Miller8 More than 1 year ago
I can't put it down! I am writing a reveiw to say buy it and be prepared to read. You just get attached to the characters and feel concern for them. You want to know happens next and then realize it is three hours later. Buy this book today. The characters have true depth and keep evolving. This is a wonderful escape into fascinating book.
sagahoney More than 1 year ago
I do not normally write a review on books that I have read. I read on average 15 books a week. This time however I must. As this book has made me laugh, cheer, feel their pain and sorrow and well let's just say the last 45 pages I cried like a baby, using 2 boxes of tissues. Big Kudos to Darcie Chan for writing an amazing story. I fell in love with all of these characters; they came alive and leapt of the page and became real. I would defiantly recommend this book to any avid reader. I paid $0.99 for this amazing book, I would have gladly paid a lot more for it. This book has become my favorite. I will reread it again and again if for nothing more than to make me feel better.
kat22an More than 1 year ago
This book was FABULOUS, it had me in tears!! I hope this author writes more, more, more! I cannot believe that this one was .99, it was the best book I have EVER read that was that cheap!! A must read.
HappyMegCO More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn into the town of Mill River, and captivated by the story of the widow McAllister. This is an excellent read... I couldn't put it down!
acpgrp More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was .99 and i figured i had nothing to lose. I was not expecting to enjoy the story and charachtets so much. The storyline is predictable, but one that kept my interest until the last sentence. If you are looking for an easy read with compelling characters, this will fit the bill.
ceeceelee More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully fleshed out characters in a small town you will come to love. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought on a whim and couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How great it is to read a captivating story that is clean and well written. The characters came alive on the pages as I grew to admire, or dislike, each one. I have paid much more for books that turned out to be awful, so I am amazed that this delightful book was only .99. I hope Ms Chan writes many more.
Philip Rosel More than 1 year ago
very good, without all the sex.
Chalene Eaton More than 1 year ago
Great story of doing the best we can with what we're given. I hope this author will write more soon!
RedSheelah More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read for $.99, I could hardly put it down. It has love, mystery and sadness but the ending is really good. READ IT!
Bookworm_Annie More than 1 year ago
What an unexpected treasure and gift I was given in the reading of this! The characters were friends whose lives I was allowed to be a part of, to watch through the window of my imagination through a heartwarming tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not in unnecessary words. Some books I find have way too much description in unnecessary info. For example: it had none of the: Tablecloth was green with purple flowers and green wispy leaves, that gently swayed in the wind on a warm summer day while the blue sky started to cloud over with dark grey clouds...bla bla bla...In my opinion that kind of over description is just filler to make the book longer. This book is under 300 pages and very well written! Rich in story line and characters! I wish I had a better way to describe the style. Darcie is a writer to watch for!! Hope she writes more soon! Loved this style and hope to find more like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i thought i wouldnt like it but it started moving along and i ended up really enjoying the charachters! Makes u think of the kind of person u want to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read about how the experiences of a young girl made her become a social recluse. Even so, how her generosity affected the entire town. Several enjoyable sideline stories as well.
greyhound_lvr More than 1 year ago
I heard of this book in an article about how it was self-published. Read it out of curiosity and I can see why it was rejected by publishing houses. The characters never came to life for me, and I found the plot predictable and not too interesting. However, I've read books by established authors that weren't any better. I think Darcie Chan could be very successful in this genre, especially with help from a good editor.
Pam Colden More than 1 year ago
Great read for a weekend. It was a nice story that made you feel as if you knew the people from the small town personally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! Could not put it down. It had me in tears at the end. Author did well in going back and forth from the past to the present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is something I would easily recomend to someone. This is a very satisfying and wonderful book that may cause you to lose track of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the way this book was written. I cried at the end ; )
James Watson More than 1 year ago
I had to force myself to close the book and turn off the light. It was that good! Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will never look at a spoon the same way again. Love her writing.