Wednesday, July 13, 2011

River's Song by Melody Carlson

If I had to describe Melody Carlson in one word, it would be versatile. I've yet to find an author who can boast authorship of over 200 books that manages to keep them fresh and different. River's Song is such a different book that it took me by surprise.

Anna is of Native American descent and is coming home to her roots along the Siuslaw River in Oregon in the late 50s. She leaves her teenage daughter to live with her overbearing mother-in-law while she tends to loose ends after her mother's death. Her visit cuts straight to her heart and she finds herself drawn to the simple life that she once knew. Couple this with Hazel, a woman researching the Siuslaw Indians, and Anna knows she can never return to the life she's been living since her husband died, but will she have the strength to stand up to the woman who's done nothing but put her down and treat her like a slave for years?

This was a truly fascinating look into a lifestyle that is now almost extinct. Melody captures the essence of her characters and makes you feel like you're reading a true account and not a fictional work.

Highly recommended reading.

Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series. In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Thanks, Melody, for this CLEAN READ!

This book was provided for review by Glass Road Public Relations.

1 comment:

Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

Just finished this book (review will post 8/2/11) - cannot wait for the second book in this series. This might have been my favorite M. Carson book thus far! :)