River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series…Melody Carlson

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series

By: Melody Carlson

Publisher Abingdon Press Fiction
Publication Date: 02/2012
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426712678
Retail Price: $14.99
                                                                Author: Melody Carlson




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.
“Colorful characters, entrancing setting, and a twisting yet natural plot carried me along. A lovely read. ” Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy
“Having read the first book of The Inn at Shining Waters Series, I was instantly pulled into this ongoing saga of three generations of women, struggling to make sense of life and the Native American heritage that belongs to them. Raw with emotion and rich with hope, River’s Call is not to be missed!”  Kathy Herman, author of the bestselling series, Secrets of Roux River Bayou

Be sure to read River’s Song -Book one in The Inn at Shining Waters Series



River Song by Melody Carlson…Book 2 in The Inn at Shining Waters

5 stars all the way!

This book starts with Anna and Clark beginning their new life together. Then Anna receives a call from her daughter that she is sick. This brings Lauren to live with Anna and Clark, starting an all-new set of interesting situations for Anna and Clark. Then there is Anna’s once mother-in-law that shows her self in every way possible. This woman just irks me to my bones with her rudeness and the way she treats Anna.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series at this beautiful and relaxing setting on the Siuslaw River. How I would love to live at a wonderful place like this! Melody Carlson pens another awesome book with characters we grew to love in the first book, and enjoyed visiting again in this second book. And as in so many of her books, Melody deals with issues such as teen pregnancy, rebellion, family difficulties and disagreements, and dealing with family heritage. But also shows the love of God through love and forgiveness.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, River’s Song, and watch for the awesome conclusion to this series coming out in August 2012, River’s End.

I highly recommend this book for anyone to read and enjoy. This series is just a good, clean, relaxing series. Yes it does deal with problems, but you will laugh and cry along with these characters and they journey through life.

A big Thank You to the publisher Abingdon Press and to Glass Road Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.




About the Author 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.

CFBA Tour….The Hope of Shridula by Kay Strom

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Hope of ShridulaAbingdon Press (March 2012)byKay StromABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from Kay:

Kay Marshall Strom… who am I? Well, I’m a traveler… a railer against social injustice… a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife… a mother… a sister… a daughter… a friend.

Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life:

Of my 39 published books, seven have been book club selections, twelve have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart—Christ’s Home, Through the Year.

I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships!


The Blessing in India series is a saga set in India’s heartbreaking history and breathtaking present that points toward a future of hope. Along the way, name-only Christianity collides with Hinduism, and then is confronted by an entirely new understanding of the call to follow Christ.

India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.

His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.

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