River Rest

River Rest

by Susan Page Davis


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River Rest by Susan Page Davis

Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief.

In rural Maine in 1918, Judith Chadbourne gives up her teaching job after her mother's death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family's shattering. Ben's efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben's aid brings the beginnings of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997230833
Publisher: Tea Tin Press
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 1,260,533
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Susan Page Davis is the award-winning author of more than sixty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. She turned to her New England roots and family heritage for this story's inspiration.

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River Rest 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mrsboone4 More than 1 year ago
When Judith Chadbourne's mother dies, she has to give up her teaching job and come home to help her grieving father raise her younger siblings. Her older brother Joel gets called up in the draft, making the work even harder for the struggling family. Judith finds herself stretched too thinly, her father is broken by his grief, she is doing all the work of the farm so her family will survive and be able to pay the tax bill. They have an apple orchard, all of the younger children help out with picking the fruit, so it can be sent to market. They also have milk cows, that have to be milked and then the milk is churned to make butter, which is a valuable commodity One of Joel's friends, Ben Thayer, a single man whose farm is a mile down the road, has promised Joel that he will look in on the family and help out where he can. It is a good, nice Christian book, sweet and wholesome. I highly recommend it. I received a copy for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
As I opened the pages of River Rest, I quickly became enamored with the story, its setting, and its characters. Susan Page Davis is a wonderful storyteller who deftly transports readers to another time and place! With her father in the throes of depression, Judith Chadbourne struggles to maintain the family farm and oversee the household. When her mysterious neighbor offers assistance, Judith is leery and resists his efforts. The story that unfolds is an engaging and heartfelt tale that captivated me from beginning to end! After reading the note at the end of the book, I delighted in the story even more, as it was partly inspired by diary entries from Davis’s great-aunt. I loved River Rest and highly recommended this story to fans of historical fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I loved that this was based on the real diary of the authors great aunt. It is well written and the story flows so well. You can feel the struggles of the family with a mother dead and the eldest son off to war and a father in depression. Judith's character is so heartwarming and the glue that holds the family together in troubling times. Ben is the neighbor that has hurts of his own, whom reaches out to help. Wonderful book that needs to be read. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by the author and I feel blessed to have done so.
jmcnutt More than 1 year ago
This story is such a refreshing read in the midst of our hectic world. It takes you back to a time when morality, family and friendship were a vital part of personal life and society. Times were hard and people struggled not just with the war but personally., but they still held on to their principles and faith in God. I really enjoyed this story that was partly inspired by a diary of the authors great aunt. I high recommend this book, it is a wonderful and inspiring story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author Susan Page Davis in exchange for my honest opinion.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
River Rest is extremely well-written! You will feel Judith's burden as she strives to take her mother's place caring for her father and her five siblings after their mother's death. The male protagonist is a handsome, strong neighbor, Ben, who wants to help if Judith would let him. The book is set in Maine during World War I. River Rest is a touching story of a family's love. I recommend this book by Susan Page Davis. I won my book from the author's giveaway.
ConR More than 1 year ago
"River Rest" by Susan Page Davis is a wonderful story of life in rural Maine in the early 1900's. It is based on Davis's own ancestors and has a very authentic feel to it. I haven't read a lot of this authors books, and was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I would absolutely buy this book and in fact plan to purchase some of her previous books. For me, events in the current news and life in general sometimes leave me with a deep longing to escape these complicated times and reading is an escape for me. This book is like a favorite quilt that you wrap around yourself, or your favorite casual clothes, or that first sip of your favorite warm drink. Comfort just seeps from its' words. Though the story still involves the hardness of life, it speaks of a simpler life, and of the important things in life which are the same no matter the era. Excellent! And I WILL be reading more of this author's books.