Ten years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of 10 things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss is there, too, supporting her and making everything possible. Together they steal away in the middle of the night to embark upon a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary's River - a voyage Doss promised Abbie in the early days of their courtship.
Where the River Ends chronicles their love-filled, tragedy-tinged journey and a bond that transcends all.
©2008 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Books on Tape
I kept thinking there had to be more to this book. The descriptions of the river were picturesque, but the story was so predictable. Bleh. I can't believe I listened to the entire thing, but I was so sure it would get better. Reminded me of those Danielle Steele books I read as a teenager.
This is way better than The Notebook (my favorite love story). Although a few inconsistencies had me scratching my head. Was there talk of the Internet and Photoshop, and a line that said, "She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and smiled..."? But yet this was supposedly 1992. Those inconsistencies don't ruin the story, but it takes the rating down to four stars. Maybe I'm missing something or misheard it, but "hiccups" like that throw off the flow of the book and take it down a notch below spectacular. The narrator kept changing up the level of his southern drawl during the narration, which was also a bit distracting. Still, overall it was a great story and well worth the credit.
Excrutiating detail of river, cabins, tatoos, people....so slow narrating every word. Then pace picks up during dialog and back to lumbering through the details. An effort to get through the story.
I would give this a 5 star except it was a bit hard to keep on track with the continual jumps back and forth in time. I think this was harder to keep track of in the audiobook than it would have been if reading the story myself from a written book. But a good story if a bit farfetched in places.
I read this after reading his book "Chasing Fireflies" which was great. This book was good but seemed to drag in a few places. I like Charles Martin's writing style. He writes about trailer parks and high society with ease. This is a book I normally would never have picked but it was inspirational. The ending made this a worthwhile read.
A very pink and gut wrenching story from a black water river-rat's point of view. Set partly in the often used Holy City and then predictably at the title.
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