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  • By Amazon customer on October 28, 2006

    Even the prologue grabs you right quick and doesn't let go. I had to go back and re-read it again after I finished the novel, as her descriptive prose about the Connecticut River (pages 6 and 7) makes the reader feel as if you were standing at the River's Edge.This is one of the best novels I have ever read, and by a "newbie" so to speak. This is only her second novel, but is written as if the words just flowed effortlessly from her fingertips. I just love the way she puts her words together and by the time you finish this book you feel connected to the characters in a way that doesn't easily leave you once you close the cover and put the book on the shelf.The story line revolves around World War II, but is not about the war itself, although historical facts and a few actual incidents and characters are portrayed. It is about a young German girl, Elise, who is sent by her father to live in the States just prior to war-time. Her mother is dead and her father is an officer in the German military and fears for his daughter's safety. An American minister and his family take her in to live with them on their tobacco farm in Connecticut and consequently raise her and love her as one of their own. The other children in the family find her strange and resent her, and Elise struggles to earn their approval and trust, in a land totally unlike her own. After the war breaks and hatred spreads for the Germans and for the loss of American life, Elise is the target of prejudice and hatred in the town where they live, just for what she is and where she came from. The reader accompanies Elise in her struggle to forgive, to understand, to grow, and yes to love, all the people that influenced her on her journey into womanhood. It is amazingly written and wonderful. Don't miss it. Buy it today, and pick up an extra one for a gift. Christmas is right around the corner. Thanks Marie, for a wonderful story. This is a great discussion book for our book club.October, 2006

  • By Lavender on May 25, 2013

    I really enjoyed a glimpse into life in the '40s and what things must have been like for everyone on both sides of the war.Instead of describing trees and wind and water, it would have been nice to give more detail on what the houses were like, clothes, furniture, appliances, the town, etc. If we are being transported into the World War 2 era, it would be nice to read more substance in normal life. It felt unbalanced to have such detail of plants and trees, and not as much of everything else.I also didn't like how abrupt Elise and Junior's relationship started. Hatred on one page, turn the page and then they are in love. This happened quite a few times when deaths were announced. Way too abrupt.Despite a few things that annoyed me, I really enjoyed the book. It was a very mild love story, more a coming of age story, and poignant look into what those involved in war must have went through.I would have preferred a little more substance in the history department and a little less flowery language. The writing wasn't quite good enough to really pull me in to the flowery language since the rest of book couldn't substantiate it. I found I skimmed the flowery stuff a lot.All in all, it did bring me to tears in a few places, and I liked the characters. The Christian aspects of the book didn't get shoved down your throat, and I felt comforted by the religious references.I also felt the Christmas benefit scene stopped short on describing the entirety of what Elise was feeling as she played, especially after being treated so badly in public. Maybe I just wanted her to "feel more".I think I wanted more feelings from all the characters, less flowery scenery descriptions, more history, and then this book could have been in my favorites category, because the basic plot was excellent.

  • By JLC on November 26, 2013

    Marie Bostwick is easily one of my favorite authors. She is truly a versatile, gifted, uplifting writer and storyteller. River's Edge is an outstanding read. I've found that all of Ms. Bostwick's books are written with great feeling and depth. In River's Edge, she has written about life in the years surrounding WWII with great accuracy. If you enjoy Historical Fiction for this time period, I think you will enjoy this lovely story about a little German girl [Elise] who was sent to America before the war, and her journey to maturity in her new country.

  • By Susan M on March 11, 2017

    Marie can pull the readers of her books into the story because her characters become very real people who make mistakes, learn from them and move on and above. The messages of faith are healthy reminders of who each of must not lean on our own understanding but to turn to God in ups and downs. I loved the history woven into the story as well. I look forward to reading more from Marie Bodywork.

  • By Guest in Dallas on February 10, 2018

    I really enjoy fictional novels based on real history. All the characters in the book are very believable. Beautiful storyline.

  • By Donna T. on June 20, 2017

    I loved the historical thread of this story, but felt like the ending was a bit abrupt - thus the four stars. ''This book is certainly worthy of recommendation. I think you will find the story endearing and interesting.

  • By Ann on March 12, 2014

    This is only my second book to read by this author and I love her writing. She weaves a very interesting story and the journey through the pages is a very good one. Clean material and not afraid to mention God in her stories. Highly recommend this book! Enjoy the journey.


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