Book Review- River’s Song by Melody Carlson

Head back to 1959 and experience life in a rustic and serene place where wounded hearts can begin to heal in Melody Carlson’s latest book, River’s Song. Anna has a tender heart: she just lost her mother, she’s a widow with a daughter just about to head off to college, and she’s virtually a slave in her own home. She’s tolerated her mother-in-law’s cruelty and racial slurs for long enough. At 40, she’s ready for a change.

Anna decides to head to the rustic home where she grew up on Oregon’s Siuslaw River to sort through the estate and sort through her own emotions. Once she’s there, a dream begins to emerge and she begins to rediscover hope and reconnects with her Indian heritage. When she meets Hazel, a woman researching for a thesis paper, Anna connects with a woman who loves and appreciates her for who she is.

I loved this book! It’s well-written and the characters are complex. Anna has so much emotional pain and I cheered each time something good happened to this precious woman. I like that Carlson has tackled topics related to Anna’s Indian heritage and her parent’s mixed marriage. The author artfully develops the plot while addressing issues such as second marriage, the financial devastation of widowhood, post war trauma, strained parent-teen relationships, and much more.

Some of Melody Carlson’s books would be classified as chick-lit, but this one is deeper and it’s more serious fiction. It’s a rare occasion that I give a book 5 stars, but this one makes the grade. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Glass Road Public Relations for review purposes.

About the Author  

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.

What People Are Saying

“Melody Carlson’s River Song eased through me gently layer by layer, deeper and deeper. This story of re-awakening or renewal appears deceptively simple but wields great emotional power. I look forward to book 2 in The Inn at Shining Rivers series.”
– Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy

River's Song - The Inn at Shining Waters Series
“In River’s Song, Melody Carlson beautifully tells a generational story of a family living alongside the banks of Oregon’s Siuslaw River. Told with sensitivity and insight the story includes a Native American thread, deals with issues of abuse, and weaves an ending full of redemption and grace. I can’t wait to read the next novel in the series!”
– Leslie Gould, Beyond the Blue and co-author of The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny with Mindy Starns Clark

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