Tuesday, July 31, 2012
River's End by Melody Carlson
In the final story of The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna Larson's granddaughter Sarah is beginning to find her independence. But her relationship with her parents suffers as a result and she travels away from all that is familiar.
While the solace of the river calls Sarah back, surprises await upon her return. Three generations of family heartbreak and disappointments converge at Shining Waters as Sarah finds God right in the center of it all.
The story begins with Anna determining to get through the day which happens to be her granddaughter, Sarah's, 18th birthday. After shedding a few tears she sees a boat coming, not expecting any deliveries or guests she walks down to the dock and who does she see? Sarah. And she's looking thin and shabby.
Sarah immediately tells her she does not want to see her mother, Lauren, who happens to work at the Inn so Anna takes her to an empty cabin where she can hide out and rest. Sarah has been living in a commune and struggles to fit in with her family and the outside world.
Lauren discovers she's there and eventually Sarah runs away after an argument with her mother. The rest of the book is pretty much about their search for Sarah. It's predictable and slow moving in areas but overall not a bad read. It's nice to see how this saga ends. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I received an ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.