The River Between

The River Between

by Jacquelyn Cook

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ISBN-13: 9780310467625
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/28/1985
Series: Serenade Saga Series
Pages: 192

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The River Between 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I liked the fresh idea of a southern belle and riverboat captain overcoming society and familial prejudice (Lily's family thinking captain Wingate is "beneath" them on the social ladder ). However, the author draws out the description of places and events way too much. I found myself skipping many paragraphs because the architecture of 3 or more planations became tidious. Also, there were moments when the scenes weren't consise: Lily wails like a child, but is suppose to be an adult and comes across as a brat which makes it hard to engage with her character. Overall, I am glad I received this as a free book because I would not recommend buying it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Riveting!
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE RIVER BETWEEN by Jacquelyn Cook is an Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1858 Eufaula, Alabama. It is the first in the four book The River Series. It is an updated editon of the anthology titled Magnolias. It is well written with depth and detail. It has romance, family,true love, christian values, and faith. It is set in the pre-civil war era. It is a wonderful sweet story about growing up with Christian values, honoring your parents and becoming true to yourself, believing in your faith. The characters are charming, easy to give your heart too their plight. The hero is honorable and has true Christian faith. The heroine is also honorable with Christian faith and tries to abide by her parents wishes, but realizes she should follow her heart and God's plan for her life. This is a wonderful, delightful story. It is fast paced with twists and turns and a page turner. It is a quick read. I would recommend this story if you enjoy a really sweet romance with a happy ending. This book was received for review and details can be found at Belle Books and My Book Addiction and More.
Anonymous 17 days ago
good read
zeah on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received the ebook version of this story about a year ago and read it shortly after.Now, I like historical romance, preferably where the historical stuff is well-researched, interesting and relevant to the plot - think Diana Gabaldon. I enjoyed the book and would be interested to read the second one, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.Overall, it is fairly standard historical romance: girl, slightly unsuitable man, disapproving family of girl etc. I did find the explorations of the faith of the main character interesting. The faith dimension - in particular the large part that church and religion played in people's lives - is often neglected, but this was well done.Three stars - passed the time nicely, some interesting parts, but it won't change the world.
Anonymous 7 months ago
If you enjoy slow moving boarig religious short novels you will probable find this story intriguing. In skipping the Bible part it was just ok !
sitnknitn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I found this to be a lovely read. The language is simply, but beautifully written. THE RIVER BETWEEN, a work of romantic historical fiction, takes place shortly before the Civil War, and tells the story of a young woman of marriageable age having to work through the dilemma of respecting the wishes of her parents or following her heart. Ms. Cook's descriptions are wonderfully drawn, bringing the reader fully into the period and the place. The book is a quick read, with some religious feeling, and very entertaining.
GrazianoRonca on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Uhmmmm! Uhmmmm! This is the sound between the banks, it¿s the steamboat¿s whistle. Restart the engine steam and the wheel turns: The River Between by Jacquelyn Cook describes Eufala, a port town in the East Alabama during the nineteenth century (1850). This book was first published in 1985, and the main themes are romance and history. Lily falls in love with a steamboat captain, but, as always in love affairs, she¿s facing a lot of rules such as parental authority and social rank.The River Between starts very slowly maybe the river¿s flow is contrary, and becomes more interesting around page 75 when Cook tells the duel of the two Lily¿s lovers. After that, the story and the characters become more interesting, so less plain. This book falls under the genre Historical Romance, after reading this book I understand that this is not my favourite one.
TizzzieLish on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Book 1 River series ¿ The River Between by Jacqueline Cook. The story is set in southern upper class society just pre-civil war. This is an era that usually does not appeal to me ¿ too much focus on clothes and seemingly petty society rules. But I did enjoy this book ¿ the history of the period has been well researched, and the book is well written. The heroine, Lily, shows interest in life beyond the balls and parties and dresses. She is faced with two suitors: Green and Harrison. Her family pushes her to marry Green, but they totally disapprove of Harrison, who is the one she is deeply attracted to. She must decide if she will obey her parent¿s dictates, or follow her own heart. If she decides not to marry Green, how can she do so in a way that honors her parents and does not create a rift with them. As the story progresses she grows in maturity and deepens in her spirituality.
Joylene on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The River Between tells the tale of a christian girl who is trying to both keep her parents happy, by marrying their choice of partner for her, and chosing her partner for herself while remaining true to her beliefs and values. A book that is admittedly not racy or raunchy but a reflection of a gentle love based on christian principles.
Shoosty on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A simple story about Lily falling in love with Harrison, although her parents want her to marry Greene.A historical story that has a predictable outcome.An easy read if one enjoys short Christian love stories.
afterthought on LibraryThing 7 months ago
An enjoyable read seeing that I am a fan of historical settings where a steamer boat was once considered modern luxury. Very detailed and thorough explanations on the era, the buildings, the clothing, the culture. Made me longed to see them with my own eyes and experience the life of walking amongst gardens of lovely blooms myself. The love story was nothing too exciting, pretty predictable in fact. Nonetheless wouldn't mind to read the rest of the River Series books.One funny thing though, the proofreader somehow missed out a typo in the acknowledgment section even though the book was published in 1985. I'm sure that unintended "word" would have been unspeakable during the era ;)
billyburgess on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The River BetweenBY: Jacquelyn CookPUBLISHED BY: Belle Bridge BooksPUBLISHED IN: 1985ISBN: 978-0-9843256-0-3Pages: 166Reviewed by Billy BurgessSet in Georgia in the year1859, Lily Edwards is awaiting the arrival of her cousin, Green Bethune. She will wed him through an arrange marriage. At least that is what her family has planned. Lily meets Harrison Wingate, a captain of a steamboat. Sparks fly between the two. When he leaves the shore for the river, he sends her letters. Now Lily must choose between her cousin and the captain.This is my first review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers. ¿The River Between¿ is a simple love story with a Christian edge to it. The book is well-written, the historical scenes are great. I recommend this book to fans of romance novels.
VivianeoftheLake on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Unfortunately my first ever early reviewers book was a bit of a let down.The historical descriptions and accuracy were very good. They gave a fresh insight into a time and a subject that have been amply discussed in fiction.However the love story was a bit blah. Nothing very extraordinary between the characters. The character development could have been better.Though their spiritual journey was moving and believable.All in all it was a enjoyable book, but clearly for those who really like the genre.
historywitch on LibraryThing 7 months ago
An historical romance set in 1830's America. Extremely predictable with all problems resolved with little drama, challenge or tension. I sped through it and didnt feel engaged with any of the characters who were pretty but made of cardboard. The setting which could have made up for the lack of story was not interesting or well described and I found little to interest me. I am a regular reader of romances but this one was a little too clean and christian for me. I was very disappointed.
mutedtempest on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a light and fluffy romance in spite of what were intended to be several great personal conflicts for the characters, quite predictable plot-wise. While the author obviously researched the time period, going so far as to insert various trivia pieces late in the book, she seems to have spent less time developing her characters and the plotlines than she did researching the South in the mid-1800s.The story seemed to plod along, with not much happening from the characters. The protagonist is obviously conflicted by her feelings for Harrison and her attempts to like Green in order to please her parents, but she doesn't do much about it aside from sobbing and praying. While that may have been accurate for the time period, to a modern reader it seems a bit lacking, even for a historical romance novel.I wasn't fond of the overly heavy Christian messages in the book, but I suppose it might be quite appealing to the more religious readers. Not really my style of novel but it wasn't awful. Sadly it just wasn't really my thing. A good attempt by the author but the vastly predictable nature of the story left me feeling pretty unsatisfied.
bratlaw on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a sweet innocent story about an eighteen year old girl, Lily Edwards, forced to become an adult and marry a man of her parents choosing. I feel sorry for Lily because she wants to obey her parents but she is so desperately unhappy. This story is set before the Civil War and it reminds me of Gone With The Wind except it has more of a religious aspect. Lily has a very strong faith in God and when she's unhappy she turns to God for comfort.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Southern belle Lily Edwards is torn between her family's plans for her life and her love for a dashing steamboat captain. This fairly predictable plot would be fine for a romance novel if the writing and characterization were strong. Unfortunately, in this case, they are not. The author is overfond of adjectives and purple prose -- stripped down, this would have made a 50-page novella. The author has obviously done her homework researching the setting, but her skill at inserting those bits of trivia she has unearthed is lacking, and the trivia draws attention to itself and away from the story. The characterization is inconsistent, and readers are told, not shown, what the characters are thinking and feeling. The result is overblown reactions, with the female lead either laughing or weeping every few minutes (sometimes both within the space of a few sentences). Readers who do not care for inspirational romance will also be put off by the preachy tone of several sections of the book, especially when a sentiment embraced by the main character feels inconsistent with the period and setting of the novel. On the other hand, readers of inspirational romance who know their Bible stories may find themselves questioning some of the creative interpretations that the main character takes with her scriptures. All of these factors combined make me hesitant to recommend this book, even to hardcore fans of the genre.
RedBowlingBallRuth on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a book of many firsts for me: first ER-book, first e-book and first christian fiction book. Very exciting!Lily is quickly reaching the age when she should find herself a good husband and settle down. A wealthy husband from the same class as her (or higher!), naturally. Speaking of which, her family has found her the perfect beau: her cousin Green. However, Green is not the man Lily wants. The River Between is the classic tale of sensibilty versus love; obeying your parents versus following your heart; doing what you've been taught by your christian upbringing versus rebellion.The biggest issue I had with this novel was the main character, Lily. I couldn't relate to her and I didn't really like her. I thought she was really immature and childish; always flipping between being super whiney and an then suddenly deciding that she's an "adult". Naturally this took away from my enjoyment of the book. I also thought she was too meek and docile, not the strong female characters I like to read about.In addition I couldn't relate to her religious belief, especially statements such as that when looking for a husband to share her life with "Most of all he must share my faith in God". Also the view of marriage and love in this novel is not one that I, personally, feel totally comfortable with: "For love to last in a marriage, it should be based on both partner's love of God." The religious aspect of the book didn't really bother me; it wasn't the main focus and it wasn't preachy - it did however make it harder for me to relate and engrosse myself in the story told. Overall, a cute and fluffy piece of romantic historical-fiction, despite it being a tad too predictable. Nice for those days you're stressed or feeling a bit blue.
jsprenger on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a quick, light read. If you are a fan of historical novels, this book will leave you wanting more details of Alabama in the mid-1800's. The book got off to a slow start, and a lot of time was devoted to Lily's struggles in trying to please her parents, rather than following her heart. The plot is predictable, and has no surprises. Overall, this book was just O.K.
polarmath on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a nice quick read and gave insight to the social practices of the day. I was glad to see how some of the characters were able to see people for themselves instead of what they had.
MatikaRose on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In "The River Between" by Jacquelyn Cook, has set time in the mid-1800's, back when women had to marry well. Her family pushed for her to marry someone of a high social status, and heaven forbid to a lower one. The beginning is a little slow as the setting in the South, where Lily is having trouble finding a suitor. Although when Lily discovers that her cousin (a suitor her father chose) and a steamboat captain (who would be below her social status), walk into her life drastically changes. Lily is torn between what would be best for her socially and financially or what she wants from her heart. Cook does a nice job of bringing the reader in farther into the novel when there is the conflict on who Lily will choose to marry. Overall it was well written, and I would look forward to reading another in her River Saga series.
girlfromshangrila on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Charming story. "The River Between" is a coming-of-age short novel, set in the pre-civil war era in Alabama. It tells the story of Lily Edwards, the spirited daughter of a rich cotton lord, who must decide between following societal rules and family expectations by marrying "well", or letting her idealist heart and deep-rooted faith lead her down through a different road.I found the first half of the book excruciatingly slow. It does take off, eventually, and gives us some very good moments. There are delicious description of beautiful Southern landscapes, plus some sparse but scrumptious details on period clothing and architecture. It is a pity that there is not more of this and less of the drama.Personally, I am more than willing to overlook every flaw of a book just to be transported to another time and place, to be mesmerized by landscapes I am never going to see in person, to close my eyes and live what I have just read. That doesn't mean, however, that the flaws aren't there. Lily is a spoiled little rich girl that cries too much, grits her teeth in public, and wavers between completely opposite points of view through most of the story. It is very hard to relate to this child.The story is mined with stereotypes: the ball's Belle, the dazzling hero, the self-centered beau, the parents-who-just-don't-understand, the pestering little brother who becomes an ally... it's all in there. And don't get me started with the clichés.Also, the author overuses words like "suddenly", "quivering", and my biggest pet peeve: "because". It gets seriously tiresome after a while.An overall easy read, not exactly what you expect from historical fiction, but still enjoyable.
gincam on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"The River Between", by Jacquelyn Cook, is a well-written, richly-detailed historical romance. The "river" not only refers to a body of water, but also to matters of class and social standing. It's scope as well encompasses faith and personal religious convictions. Lily Seymour is a well-to-do young woman who remains unmarried at the age of eighteen. Her parents are eager to see her well-settled, which will raise even further the level of social acceptance her family maintains. When the family sends for her socially prominent cousin Green Bethune, he seems the perfect suitor for Lily. However, Lily's heart and mind have been captured by the kind and handsome Harrison Wingate, a riverboat captain acquainted with Lily's cousin, Green. This is a very romantic tale, so descriptively written that you will smell the fragrant gardens, hear the swish of the hoop skirts, and feel the breeze from the riverfront. The pressure for Lily to marry well and to obey her parents is strongly felt. As she is caught between being a dutiful daughter and obeying her heart, she experiences great personal growth and a renewal of an already strong faith. Harrison is a worthy and devoted match for Lily. Their love and faith in each other, and also their spiritual faith, add depth to their struggles against the class-consciousness of the era. I very much enjoyed this story, and I would love to read the continuing entries in the series. Review Copy Gratis Belle Books
sschleicher on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is a romantic, historical fiction story set in the south during the Civil War. This was a quick read but very predictable. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction but enjoyed reading about the Civil War time period. This was originally published in the 80's so it is obviously dated. Maybe that is why is didn't grab me.