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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Jan 2012
Abingdon Press

River's Call

by Melody Carlson

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Anna Larsonís life has new purpose and meaning in Melody Carlsonís book, Riverís Call. Coming from a long history of heartache, Anna is finally able to relax and renew her life at her old home on the river. Picking up where she left off in Riverís Song, Anna embraces her Native American roots and begins the process of turning her home into a historic inn with the help of her new husband, Clark. All is going well until she gets an unexpected call from her daughter Lauren, announcing she is pregnant out of wedlock.

Alone and scared, Lauren chooses to leave college and hide under the protection and care of her mother. Since they had never been close before, Anna longs for a new breakthrough in their relationship, but things donít go quite as planned.

Whenever Lauren breaks down emotionally, Anna tries to be there for her daughter, but there is only so much she can do. Knowing Lauren has been ruled by her grandmother all her life, Anna doesnít want to pressure her daughter into anything. However, she knows Laurenís choices arenít always the wisest. When Lauren decides to go back under the dictating wing of her grandmother, all Anna can do is hope and pray that Lauren will begin to learn to make good choices for herself.

Throughout the passing years, Anna continually tries to be an anchor in her daughterís unstable life, but to little avail. Poor career and personal choices that leave Lauren seriously questioning her meaning in life have also made her daughter, Sarah, rebellious to cover up the hurt, and have forced her husband to leave her. As Anna tries to fix the broken family, she realizes she is not strong enough nor wise enough to hold them together. She is trying to do something only God can do. Philippians 4:6-7 says, ďDo not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And Godís peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Ē

Riverís Call is a rich, captivating tale that will leave readers refreshed with the story of heritage and love that carries from generation to generation on the river. It is a good narrative for any woman and especially one who needs reassurance that second chances arenít impossible. Ė Kristi Schweitzer,

Book Jacket:

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. There, Lauren begins to appreciate the person her mother is becoming--and she loves the river. However, romantic interests throw a wrench into the works and Lauren, jealous and angry, returns to her grandmother yet again. 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.