Author Guest Post
Does Life Imitate Art?
I love how my art sometimes imitates life and life imitates art, and I'm surprised at how many times I write a book and later on find almost the exact things occurring in my own life. Or occasionally they are happening even before, but I just never put two and two together. I experienced this recently in the book River's End.
While writing the final book in my Inn at Shining Waters trilogy, which is inspired by a real location (the Siuslaw River in Oregon) I was trying to find out where the coastal river had originally entered the ocean (back before the late 1800's when the river's jetties were built to make smoother passage for ship traffic). I wanted to know where the 'river's end' had been because something very special was happening in the book at the river's end. I'd tell you, but that would give away part of the story.
Anyway, I drove up and down the road that goes along the river and the jetties, but the best I could do was guess. Then shortly after I finished the book, I was privileged to enjoy a biplane ride and while in the air, the pilot was pointing out various spots of geographical interest. And straight out of the blue (literally) he showed me where the original route of the river had traveled to the sea - and I could see it from the air. To my delighted surprise, I discovered that the river used to end right beside where our little beach cabin is located - right where I'd written most of River's End.
At the time my husband, who had completely rebuilt this cabin, was just finishing up an addition (a small sunroom) and I decided to call that space the River's End. To honor the Siuslaw (both the river and tribe) I used Native American inspired decor and photographs to complete the room. Now I don't want to give too much away, but if you read River's End, you'll discover how spot-on that was to the story - and yet I missed it while writing. But there it was life imitating art imitating life ...
About The Author
Melody Carlson's River's End Virtual Book Tour Page On Pump Up Your Book!
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback - 320 pages / Kindle - 1295 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: River's End
The Inn at Shining Waters Trilogy: River's Song, River's Call, River's End
BARNES & NOBLE
Publisher Site: Abingdon Press
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
Anna’s dream of a successful river inn is fully realized, but her family is still fractured—until forgiveness, patience, and unfailing love merge their lives back together again.
In the final story of the Inn at Shining Waters, Anna’s granddaughter Sarah is struggling to find herself. And in an attempt to escape her parents’ dysfunctional lives, Sarah travels away from all that is familiar. But her grandmother’s love and the pull of the river draw Sarah back. Still it’s not an easy journey to find the healing and forgiveness that’s needed to reunite and strengthen this broken family together again.
My Book Review:
"Three generations of women return to their roots to discover who they are and who they are meant to be."
The Inn at Shining Waters trilogy follows the story of three generations of women: Anna Larson, daughter Lauren, and granddaughter Sarah, through the decades of the 1950s-1970s. In River's End, their story comes to a conclusion with the primary focus on Sarah, and her two year journey from the familial inn to a religious commune (cult) and back to her family.
This trilogy deals with the family dynamic of three generations of women: their joys, sorrows, love, heartbreaks, disappointments, forgiveness and faith. It is the journey of three women who had to walk their own "trail of tears," in order to discover themselves, the strength of their family bond, and their faith and love in God, who was with them through each step of their journey.
River's End is a wonderful conclusion to The Inn at Shining Waters trilogy. River's End brings the story of the three generations of women full circle, for life is like the river it keeps flowing and we must eventually heed the call and come back home. The author weaves a story that is spiritual and inspirational, as it sends a message about the beauty of God's love and the ability to heal by showing forgiveness and allowing love in our hearts as we go through the trials and tribulations that occur in our lives.
The author has created a wonderful cast of characters, and does a great job of developing them throughout the trilogy. The reader can relate to the individual strengths, weaknesses, beauty and faith that made up these three women. Their individual stories were captivating, while the dialogue and interactions kept the storyline flowing smoothly through the decades, it made the stories in the trilogy that much more of a compelling read. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the author transports the reader to the beautiful scenic river and Inn at Shining Waters in Oregon, while capturing the essence and events of the decades of the 1950s-1970s, it was like taking a walk down memory lane. This is a beautifully written and thoughtful trilogy; the heartwarming and inspirational stories of Anna, Lauren and Sarah will resonate with you long after the last page is read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****