Time Is a River

Time Is a River

by Mary Alice Monroe
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Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe

With a strong, warm voice that brings the South to life, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured stories that intimately portray the complex and emotional relationships we share with families, friends, and the natural world. "Every book that Mary Alice Monroe has written has felt like a homecoming to me," writes Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides.

Time Is a River is an insightful novel that will sweep readers away to the seductive southern landscape, joining books by authors such as Anne Rivers Siddons and Sue Monk Kidd.

Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson.

Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew — the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. Her fortune lost in the stock market crash and her reputation destroyed, Kate slipped into seclusion in the remote cabin. After her death the fishing cabin remained locked and abandoned for decades. Little does Belle know that by opening the cabin doors to Mia for a summer's sanctuary, she will open again the scandal that plagued Belle's family for generations.

From her first step inside the dusty cabin, Mia is fascinated by the traces of Kate's mysterious story left behind in the eccentric furnishings of the cabin. And though Belle, ashamed of the tabloid scandal that tortured her mother, warns Mia not to stir the mud, Mia is compelled to find out more about Kate...especially when she discovers Kate's journal.

The inspiring words of the remarkable woman echo across the years. Mia has been learning to fly-fish, and Kate's wise words comparing life to a river resonate deeply. She begins a quest to uncover the truth behind the lies. As she searches newspaper archives and listens to the colorful memories of the local small-town residents, the story of a proud, fiercely independent woman emerges. Mia feels a strange kinship with the woman who, like her, suffered fears, betrayal, the death of loved ones, and a fall from grace — yet found strength, compassion and, ultimately, forgiveness in her isolation. A story timeless in its appeal emerges, with a power that reopens old wounds, but also brings a transforming healing for Mia, for Kate's descendants, and for all those in Mia's new community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615525263
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweetgrass, Skyward, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.

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pln56 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It's a great story, well written, and was a joy to read. Ms. Monroe is a great storyteller and knows how to keep one's interest. I look forward to reading more of her books.
nicholept More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 6 months ago when I was going through a pretty rough time. And while I did not go find a creek and learn to fly fish, I did take the words and the meaning very much to heart. This was the first book by this author that I had read and I was amazed at the depth of the characters and the scenes; whether it was the babbling brook or the cinnamon filled bakery, I felt like I was there!! I have since read 3 more books by Mary Alice Monroe and I intend to read them all. I am so impressed at how she can take things like fly fishing, and turtles hatching, and shrimp boats and somehow make me connect with these things even though I am sitting on my couch in Kansas. And don't be put off by the number of pages in these books; they range in the 300-400 area, but the pages fly by and you find yourself sad that you have come to the end. Please, do this for yourself; read "Time is a River" and then walk, don't run, to read "Beach House" and "Swimming Lessons" and "Last Light over Carolina". You will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Alice has struck a chord with me once again. This time Monroe gives the reader a first-person look into the angst, pain, love of cancer survivors. Each of Monroe's book strikes directly in the heart for both my wife and I. Bravo. Thanks again.
Orchids More than 1 year ago
Time Is a River is an interesting and compelling story. The journey of a person's struggle with cancer and its emotional and physical wounds touched me deeply. I made that same journey with my beloved husband. The heroine in this story has other personal problems too, but the way the author brings in added components - the peace of the river - and learning the skill of fly-fishing brought added knowledge and enjoyment. I have lived close to the Mississippi River all of my life, so the description of the river in this book had a special appeal for me. Mrs. Marion M. Hill Baton Rouge, LA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing, original story. I will definitely read more by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until now, Mary Alice's 'The Beach House' had moved me the most. But, 'Time is A River' marks a culmination of her literary talents to date. I like that Mia is able to find much to heal her wounded body and spirit. I so look forward to a sequel!!!
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This book really draws you in. You feel every sense of emotion from it. It's so forward and it just makes you keep reading and reading by the mysterious secret of Kate.
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This book is an excellent example of Mary Alice Monroe's talent and love of the Carolinas. I was sad to finish the book!
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Lpppp v e the book
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WCUmom More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone who loves fly fishing, has/had cancer, or just loves a good read!
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screenfan More than 1 year ago
Another good one by this author!
shastaweed More than 1 year ago
very good book, couldnt put it down.
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von51 More than 1 year ago
My daughter gave me this book for Mothers Day; once I started reading it I initially found it very wordy; but after a few chapters I could not put the book down, I had to find out what happened with Mia; Stuart anf the entire cast. What an excellent read; I can't wait to read her other books. Thank you for giving us hope to know we can overcome obstacles in life and continue the journey.
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