The River Witch – by Kimberly Brock

The River Witch

Book Description

Publication Date: April 6, 2012
Broken in body and spirit, she secludes herself in the mystical wilderness of a Georgia island. Can she find herself in the sweetness of old songs, old ways, and the gentle magic of the river people?

“Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not miss.”-Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Gods in Alabama

“Kimberly Brock’s The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve-story and character that linger in the reader’s consciousness. Such is the power of Roslyn Byrne, who retreats to Manny’s Island, Georgia, in search of herself, only to discover her great need of others. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise.”-Terry Kay, internationally known author of the classic novel, To Dance With The White Dog 

“There is magic and wonder in The River Witch, but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery.”- Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Ballad of Tom Dooley

“With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life.” -Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Perfect Love Song

Kimberly Brock is a native Southerner, a former actor and special needs educator. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines. She lives with her husband and three children north of Atlanta, Georgia. The River Witch is her first novel. Visit her at KimberlyBrockBooks.com.

 
My Review

 

First of all, I would like to say that this is not really a paranormal or fantasy novel. There really is not a witch by the river. Having said that, superstition and hoaxes are addressed in this novel. I address this issue first, because I myself would not have downloaded this ebook if I had not read on someone’s blog the same thing.

I would say that this story is about women relationships and issues. I really liked Roslyn and how she worked through her issues, separating herself from her mother when she goes down to Georgia, and how she deals with and accepts Damascus, the daughter of her landlord. These two are the main characters, (30 yearish unwed woman and an 8 year old waif) and the novel shows their strengths.

Ivy, who befriends Roslyn and is Damascus’ aunt is also lovable, and I admired her for stepping in to help her brother Urey and his daughter Damascus.

The River Witch flowed and ebbed like the waters of a river, steady and sure until the end, bringing with it rich and wondrous treasures, both for Roslyn and Damascus as well as the reader. I would recommend The River Witch to friends and Book Clubs.

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Hey! Canada

From GoodReads:

“Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.”

My Review

i really enjoyed this informative book, although it is written for the preteen reader. It is definitely a fun read, and the parents and children will learn things about Canada that they didn’t know before (as I did, and I grew up and live in Canada!)It is great how it starts in Newfoundland and sort of follows the one main highway – The Trans Canada Highway through the provinces to British Columbia with such delightful stops along the way. The pictures were super for the 7 – 12 year-old, eye catching and enlightening. The short games and searches were delightful.

I would recommend that this becomes a part of the curriculum in the Canadian Schools, and that each elementary library in the U.S.A. would have a couple of copies available.

The only dilemma i faced was, do i give this book to friends living in the U.S.A so they can learn more about Canada than they seem to in their schools, or to Canadian friends so they can have a fun read and learn more about their own country?

Starring Me – Krista McGee

Starring Me – by Krista McGee is a very fun read. A Young Adult fiction, it was slightly out of the normal genre for me, definitely not suspense in the way of Candace Calvert, Vivian Hinze which is usually my preference. Written more in the style of Karen Kingsbury or Robin Jones Gunn, I am sure it will resonate with the young adult reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kara as she is auditioning for a role in a TV series, spending time with best friend Addy who lives out of state, as well as a teenager at home. At first she seemed a little self-centered, but no more than a lot of teens are, and I thought she matured beautifully through the set of incidents with her family and peers. Addy is the perfect foil for Kara, Christian to Kara’s indifference, quiet to Kara’s squeals. The choices presented to the girls were realistic and the way they responded was heartwarming.
I was thrilled to think that there are still some Chads and Jonathans in this world.
This is the first Krista McGee novel I have read, and as I said, I don’t very often pick up a Young Adult fiction novel, but I am sure I will be looking for her work.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, which I have given here. The opinions stated are my own.

The Bride Wore Blue – Mona Hodgson

The Bride Wore Blue

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson is an intriguing historical novel. The third book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek tells the story of Vivian, the youngest of 4 sisters. The choices she made both before the novel starts and during, are not the best choices, but understandable and definitely a part of the story. This novel is about unconditional love and forgiveness, as well as not judging others.

I loved Vivian with her spunk, and her insecurities, as well as her resourcefulness and desires to not be beholden to her sisters. How she didn’t give up just because the first job she tried for did not work for her and that she did not look to a man to fulfill her.

Carter grows from a man blaming a prostitute for his father’s death, to realizing that all people have reasons for doing what they do, and that it does not mean that God’s Love and Forgiveness is not for them. Vivian’s sisters are great characters, and I would love them for my own. I have not read the other sister’s stories, but would like to go back and read them. Not because they need to be read in order to have this own make sense, but because I have found a great author in Mona and would love to read more of her novels.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review, which you have here. The opinions stated are my own.