Book Review for River's Call by Melody Carlson

River’s Call
The Inn at Shining Waters, Book 2
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Back of the book:

Anna Larson’s daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It’s the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman’s manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters. But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis—one that puts the entire family at risk.

About Melody Carlson:

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

My thoughts:

River’s Call picks up right where River’s Song left off. Anna and Clark have just returned home from their honeymoon and are settling in as a newly married couple when Lauren turns up with a crisis of her own. I must say Clark is a saint to put up with the craziness. His love for Anna and all that she encompasses is apparent.

The characters in this series tend to get under my skin. I want Anna to be more assertive. I want Lauren to grow up and quit being such a spoiled princess. I want Eunice to stop being so mean. My only hope was Sarah. Up until the very end she seemed like the perfect daughter/granddaughter. Melody Carlson does a great job of not only capturing the essence of the time frame but also the complexities of family dynamics.

River’s Call ends with a real cliff hanger…unless you read the excerpt for the next installment, River’s End which is at the back of the book. I’m looking forward to reading about what is in store for the future of this strong line of Siuslaw women.

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