Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

What They Say:

Two estranged sisters. Their mother’s final wish. A life-changing discovery. A captivating tale of family, love and forgiveness, perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy and Erica James.

Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie's aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up - until a shocking tragedy tears them apart.

Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother's will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie's safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . . .

What I Say:

I would like to thank Clara from Little Brown Book Company for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When Clara asked me to review this book I was unaware there was a previous book, that never took anything away from The Mill River Redemption but I would love to read the first one to.  This could be read as a standalone or as a follow up to The Mill River Recluse.

When we first meet Josie in 1983, she is travelling to Mill River with her Aunty Ivy who she hardly knows, in the prologue there is a hint at the tragedy surrounding Josie’s husband Tony.

Skip forward 30 years and it is Josie’s funeral, Darcie hints that Rose and Emily are no longer on speaking terms and even at the funeral stand at different ends of a room.

As part of Josie’s will, Rose and Emily need to move to Mill River and  work together to find a key to a safety deposit box in order for them to receive their inheritance, this isn’t easy when you have fallen out with someone.

I loved how the chapters skipped between 1983 and 2013, this kept the story flowing with Darcie weaving a story that has you glued from page one, teasing you and only hinting at what was to come.  I loved how she had Rose and Emily working side by side even though they didn't want to.

There are so many wonderful characters in this book and I hope to read more about them, I have read there will be a third Mill River book and I can't wait to read it.

The book is heart-warming read that really does keep you interested to the last page.

5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her second novel, The Mill River Redemption, is also set in the fictional town of Mill River. Darcie has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, andThe Wall Street Journal. She writes fiction full-time and lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.

Follow her on twitter @DarcieChan

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