River's Call: The Inn at Shining Water series [NOOK Book]

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Anna Larson's daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
What happens when the ties between generations are severed?
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Overview

Anna Larson's daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
What happens when the ties between generations are severed?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426753718
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Inn at Shining Waters Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 232,643
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.
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  • Posted March 23, 2012

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    An exception story that offers peace, healing and forgiveness!

    An exception story that offers peace, healing and forgiveness!

    The Shining Waters Inn offers its guests a place to relax, and find peace and healing beside the Siuslaw River. Now that it's gaining more popularity, Anna Larson is staying busier than ever before. Now that she and Clark are working full-time at expanding the Inn's lodging by building more cabins, she isn't prepared for the news that arrives during one late phone call from her daughter Lauren. She is sick and physically exhausted and needs her mom. When Anna sends for her daughter and offers her time to be cared for at the Inn, Lauren gratefully accepts.

    However what was thought to be a severe case of the flu, turns out to be worse than anyone expected. Lauren's pregnant and the father, Donald Thomas has no idea. Now all Lauren can think of is how her college life is going to be ruined by her baby and considers abortion. Anna cringes at the thought but realizes she can only support her daughter, she can't make her do anything even if that goes against anything she believes.

    Worse yet, when Donald does find out, he is already seeing another girl and doesn't know what to do. When Lauren's grandmother, Eunice finds out however, she figures she can manipulate everything so Lauren gets her way, marriage and happily ever after. But life doesn't always offer a happily ever after ending as soon everyone will find out as the river calls all of them back.

    Melody Carlson once again has created a beautiful story of what forgiveness means through her second novel in the Inn at the Shining Waters series, River's Call. Even though it can be read alone, you will want to understand the story about Anna and Eunice which is revealed in more detail in the first book, River's Song. I received this book compliments of Glass Roads Public Relations for my honest review and wish there was really a Shining Waters Inn because this story is amazing. The healing and peace that just being at the Inn offers is such a wonderful way to draw the reader into the story of Lauren and the difficult relationship between her and Anna. I love the Native American references that appear all throughout the book as Anna's heritage is explored more in this book. I would easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the next one, River's End due out soon!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 childhood...it 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 March 30, 2012

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    Anna is not just rebuilding her life with her new husband, Clar


    Anna is not just rebuilding her life with her new husband, Clark, they are restoring her old family store, that was handed down to the women of the family. It would no longer be a store they were turning it into an Inn, The Inn at Shining Waters.

    It is 1960 and there are many changes going on in this country and in Anna's life. For instance her daughter Lauren is staying with her parental grandmother, Eunice, after leaving college. As much as Anna dislikes this she tries not to be controlling of her daughter.

    As time goes by Lauren becomes very rebellious. Anna remembers when she felt like she had nothing in common with her own mother, Though she got alone great with her Native American Indian grandmother, Pearl. But luckily she has her husband to support her in any situation that arises, be it Lauren or Eunice. If only she could get Lauren to stay at the Inn and maybe learn some coping skills. Lauren is beginning to expects everything to be handed to her on a silver platter. Lauren takes no responsibilities for her own mess, expecting her Grandma Eunice's house maid to clean up after her. Anna can't tell who is the worst manipulator Lauren or Eunice. At times Lauren seems content when she is at the Inn but this does not last long. In no time at all she gets bored and takes off to Grandma's again.

    Anna kept quoting an old saying, "You have to let them paddle their own canoe."

    I can see that we can't paddle the boat for them forever.

    This book touched me in a lot of ways since I raised several daughters myself. Each one totally different from their sisters. But to say the least it was challenging and they did know how to manipulate. They are grown women now and paddle their own canoes. Thank goodness!

    There is so much more I would like to say about this book but I am afraid of saying too much and spoiling the book for you. You really should read this series.

    I highly recommend this book.

    I gladly rated this book a 5 out of 5.

    Disclosure:
    I received a free copy of this book from Glass Road PR/Melody Carlson/Abingdon Press for review.
    I was in no was compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 29, 2012

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading more in
    the series. It covers most of the issues a lot of families deal with,
    especially those who are Native Americans, second generation Americans
    and those who live in very traditional families/religions. It's often
    not until a person has separated him or herself from their origins to
    start a life in more modern settings and lifestlye that they come to
    appreciate and cherish their roots, traditions and values. A great read!!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Five stars

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Elder's den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    A must read it will move your soul snd touch your heart

    A great series you will love it

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