River of Dreams

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"Nothing in Brazil is as it first seems," convent-bred Margaret Claiborne is warned when she arrives in Rio de Janeiro, a city named for a non-existent river. One of many who fled the defeated South to Brazil after the Civil War, Margaret is a brilliant pianist, but an innocent about a distant land that has its own rules about life and love. Here Margaret meets and marries her best friend's brother, the most powerful man in Rio. Though he adores her, Erik Larson harbors his dark secrets from Margaret leaving her to find a unique identity of her
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Overview

"Nothing in Brazil is as it first seems," convent-bred Margaret Claiborne is warned when she arrives in Rio de Janeiro, a city named for a non-existent river. One of many who fled the defeated South to Brazil after the Civil War, Margaret is a brilliant pianist, but an innocent about a distant land that has its own rules about life and love. Here Margaret meets and marries her best friend's brother, the most powerful man in Rio. Though he adores her, Erik Larson harbors his dark secrets from Margaret leaving her to find a unique identity of her own.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Intricate, colorful and entertaining.
Robert T. Mills
“Intricate, colorful, and entertaining.”
Susan Donley
“You will float with fascination down River of Dreams…through the landscape she explores brilliantly, from village to plantation to the complex social and business worlds of Rio.”
Garland Reeves
“Enough drama, intrigue, conflict, romance, money, power, beautiful people to satisfy the biggest fan.”
Janet Stewart Spencer
"A pleasant surprise for readers expecting just another historical novel."
Texas Mama
"Margaret's journey from girlhood through maturity remains one of the most engaging I have read after all these years. With disturbing and stark reality, we travel with her as she learns about love, tragedy and temptation... The struggles of a woman trying to find her way through life, adultery and friendship never fail to intrigue the reader"
New York Times Book Review - Robert T. Mills
“Intricate, colorful, and entertaining.”
Washington Post - Susan Donley
“You will float with fascination down River of Dreams…through the landscape she explores brilliantly, from village to plantation to the complex social and business worlds of Rio.”
Birmingham News - Garland Reeves
“Enough drama, intrigue, conflict, romance, money, power, beautiful people to satisfy the biggest fan.”
Christian Science Monitor - Janet Stewart Spencer
"A pleasant surprise for readers expecting just another historical novel."
Amazon - Texas Mama
"Margaret's journey from girlhood through maturity remains one of the most engaging I have read after all these years. With disturbing and stark reality, we travel with her as she learns about love, tragedy and temptation... The struggles of a woman trying to find her way through life, adultery and friendship never fail to intrigue the reader"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595150984
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2001
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

GAY COURTER HAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY IN FILM AND television production since graduation from Antioch College and has produced more than 200 documentary and educational films. She is author of five bestselling novels with over three million copies in print worldwide including The Midwife, The Midwife’s Advice, Code Ezra, River of Dreams, and Flowers in the Blood. Her non-fiction works include The Beansprout Book and I Speak For This Child, and How To Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis.
Gay has served as a volunteer in the Florida Guardian Ad Litem program since 1989 in which she acts as the court appointed advocate for neglected and abused children. Her book about her experiences, I Speak For This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate, brought national attention to the cause. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Day One, NBC Weekend Edition, and in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and other national publications as an expert on these issues and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Gay has also received the Child Advocate of the Year award in Florida for her work as a Guardian Ad Litem, the Sharon Solomon Child Advocate Award from the Florida Center for Children and Youth, and special recognition from the Florida Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. for her work on Where’s My Chance? The Case for Our Children, which also won an Emmy. Gay received her second Emmy from the National Academy of Arts and Television Sciences, Suncoast Chapter, for a series of public service announcements called Solutions for America’s Children. She has been selected as one of the 10 most admired women in Citrus County twice—in the community service and arts categories. In 2004, Gay, her husband, Philip, and daughter, Ashley, jointly won the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Gay is married to her collaborator in documentary films, Philip Courter. They have produced almost hundred films on child welfare topics and specialize in media about children’s issues and strengthening family. Clients include National CASA, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Judges, the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. www.gaycourter.com.
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