The River by Michael Neale
Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-4016-8848-6
A cancelled flight and a traveler’s encounter with a stranger in an airport can sometimes bring surprising results. The River, by Michael Neale, opens with such an encounter between two men who under different circumstances might never have met. Casual conversation leads to the telling of a story. Gabriel Clarke is one of the strangers and The River is his story. As a young child Gabriel lived with his father, a single parent, in Colorado where the family had established an inn and a whitewater adventure camp. The River was an essential part of their lives. It was also at The River where Gabriel witnessed a horrific event that was to shape his future. After the tragedy, he lived with his mother in a small Kansas town and he rarely experienced life outside this place. He was filled with sadness and haunted by his memories of his time at The River. When he was a young adult an unexpected invitation offers him the chance to return to The River. Filled with trepidation he makes the trip. The end result is life changing.
Mr. Neal is a superb story teller. The characters are well developed and believable. This is a story of courage and it is inspiring, as well. The author’s attention to detail and his use of imagery result in a wonderful reading experience. I recommend reading this book.
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I give this review of my own free will.