Gabriel Clarke looses his father when he was just five years old, when daddy tries to save a rafter’s life in a Colorado river. With his mother he relocates to Kansas, where she becomes a maid to earn money and Gabriel grows up. Gabriel never feels really at home and misses his father. He’s afraid of water. A new teacher, born Indian likes him and gives him a painting from The River for his birthday. When Gabriel gets the chance to join friends to a rafting camping / hiking weekend he first hesitates but values friendship more then his initial fears. There he meets Tabitha, a girl that not only notices him but talks as well. She brings back the love for The River. Back home in Kansas he whishes to return and join Tabitha and her parents which run the rafting service as soon as possible. In a journal which belonged to his father a conversation with and respect for The River is described. Tabitha’s family and household is happy when Gabriel comes to help and finally gets over his anger, unforgiveness and rediscovers his ancestors. The River is a fine novel about growing up, forgiveness, adventure, nature’s beauty, love, fear and sadness. I read it cover to cover in one session, quite unusual. And when you’re personally moved and inspired, a bunch of reading group questions wait to share your impressions with others.
About the author
Gifted writer, veteran performer, and masterful storyteller are all phrases used to describe Michael Neale. He’s currently leading a live, multi-media concert event known as The River Experience which immerses the audience in breathtaking film imagery and a world-class musical score. Michael resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his wife, Leah, and their children Micah, Maisie, and Wyatt.
I received an advance review copy from Thomas Nelson Fiction through Netgalley to provide you my review.