Zillia Bright never dreamed she would be orphaned at 16 and left to care for her baby brother and papa's farm. With only a mule and a 100-year-old shotgun, she must fight to protect what's hers. Countless dangers lurk on the Bastrop, Texas, riverside. Zillia must rely on the help of her best friends, Soonie and Wylder, to hold her world together. With Zillia's struggles come unexpected miracles, and proof that God might just listen to the prayers of a river girl.
©2014 Angela Castillo (P)2015 Angela Castillo
The characters and their relationships are stellar. The story line is realistic and very satisfying. I just finished with a huge smile on my face, and I'm going straight to the next book!
My favorite scene was when disaster struck at a lumber mill. I had already decided in my mind what would happen, but I was totally wrong. The unexpected twist made the book that much better!
Don't mess with Texas. It'll mess you right back.
wonderful story of love, terrible loss of dear loved one, cruel stepfather, daughter struggling to run farm, care for her baby brother..,..and finally accept marriage proposal ........will not reveal more.. this was worth the money I spent for it......yahoooo...no illicit sex. I highly recommend this book!!
No. I didn't find the narrator engaging enough - I'm a fast reader, and I found the narration made the novel seem slow.
Wylder - the perfect gentleman.
I listened to The River Girl's Song as an audiobook, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd actually read it. The audiobook felt very slow—I'm a fast reader, and could have read it much faster than it was being narrated. The narration was clear, although there were a couple of words I had trouble picking up because of her accent (which Americans probably wouldn't even notice, but I'm from New Zealand).
But the story was lovely. Zillia Bright is orphaned at the age of sixteen, and left to care for her newborn baby brother. Her stepfather leaves the two of them alone on the farm, taking with him everything of value, leaving Zillia to struggle with the farm, and with raising her brother.
She has the help and support of her some of her neighbours, especially Soonie and Wylder, the half-Comanche sister and brother who live on the next farm over. As well as befriending and helping her, they show God's love, and teach her that God will listen to the her song and answer her prayers.
A sweet Christian romance with a real feel-good ending. And there is a (free on Kindle) sequel, which follows Soonie's story. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Thanks to Angela Castillo for providing a free audiobook for review.
P.S. Amazon. I don't like this review format.
Overall I enjoyed the story. Not too long, not too short. The story seemed well thought out, though the plot did jump around a bit. Other commenters noted that it was sort of sporadic but it was almost charming in a way. Much like looking into shadow boxes of the different scenes described. The plot lines were nicely rounded out like an iron to wrinkled clothes.
As far as the narration goes I thought that Grace had a good grasp of intended inflection of tone and convenience of character. My only critique would be that her voice is quite soft and airy. It has a very nice timbre and flow but oftentimes the softness conveyed more of the wary uneasiness that the main character had into the other characters.
No probably not, J. Grace pennington has a nice voice but no change up in her voice to each character. I was confused a bit trying to figure out who was talking.
Oh lets see it would have to be the river scene where Ori goes out into the middle of the river.
Though the currant may be swift just keep swimming
This is a great book! I'm always looking for new ones to listen to on my drives to work and while doing projects at home. This one kept me going; I hated to pause throughout the day.
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