The river. There is something powerful about it. The river calls some to explore, while others are hesitant to venture out into its powerful waters.
For Gabriel Clarke, the river is a terrifying force. It took his father from him years ago in his childhood. However, over and over again, he seems to be drawn back to it. The words chime through his head over and over again, “You were made for the River.” This book is the story of a man who comes face to face with his fears in order to find his destiny. Well written and full of beautiful word pictures, The River by Michael Neale was hard to put down.
When I first picked up this book, I was pleasantly surprised with its rugged look, so fitting with the book’s story. The pages are untrimmed, leaving them with the feel of an old journal of a river man. The publishers did a fantastic job of including the physical book into the experience the author is trying to give the reader.
The River is so much more than a novel. It is an emotional journey. Facing fears is something that we all have to do at some time in our lives, and the emotions portrayed in this book cause self reflection and thought.
I enjoyed reading this book. It contains adventure, drama, intrigue, and a hint of romance. The characters are portrayed in a very realistic way, and are easy to envision. I would recommend this book for any reader.
**** I received a copy of The River in exchange for an honest review from BookSneeze, a blogger book review community. I received no other compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.