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Mill River Recluse: A Book Review

So I’m back on the horse when it comes to reading, I flew through this book, IT WAS SO GOOD, different from what I have been reading but I’m so my friend Hayden recommended it. 

Here’s the summary from Amazon:

Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary. Newcomers to Mill River–a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher–are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps–one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

The Mill River Recluse is a story of triumph over tragedy, one that reminds us of the value of friendship and the ability of love to come from the most unexpected of places.

My Thoughts:

I now realize I enjoy a book that has numerous characters and I especially like when an author fully develops the characters and successfully shows how their lives are intertwined.  Darcie Chan accomplishes all this and more, she reminds her readers not to judge a book by it’s cover.  There are three characters in particular turn out to be so much more than I would have ever guessed, Mary is the most obvious but there is also the fourth grade teacher and  wayward cop.  The characters overlap and the plot is way more complex than I would have thought- especially since the book is set in such a small town.

Mill River Recluse is a fast, easy read and gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me!  I just loaned it out to my mom on Kindle…she is really enjoying her Mother’s Day present ;-).


May 30, 2012 Posted by | regular | 1 Comment