È Read Ü Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe ☆ Recovering from breast cancer and stil reeling from her husband s infidelity, Mia Landan seeks refuge in a friend s long empty cabin near Ashville, North Carolina As Mia cleans, she finds the journal of 1920s renown fly fisherwoman Kate Watkins, her friend s grandmother Mia learns of Kate s affair with a married man, and that according to local lore Kate has long been the prime suspect in his murder As Mia readsof the journal, she becomes convinced that Kate is innocent As she works to clear Kate s name with the locals, Mia also begins to heal herself in the process as well as reconnect her friend with a grandmother she never knew.
A strong, emotional read with well developed characters.
In some ways this was an enjoyable read It was a book my husband picked up at the library and thought I might like I was interested in the way Mia seeks to recover not only from the trauma of breast cancer but the infidelity of her husband It was easy to feel empathy for her as she seeks to rebuild her self esteem and her life What was not so easy was the way she disregarded her friend Belle s directive not to go digging into her family s past However, if she had not ignored Belle then you would not have had had much of a story as the plot hinges on her doing just that My other problem was the inconsistencies of attitudes, both Mia s and the town s in regard to Belle s grandmother, Kate Watkins This didn t ring true to me And yet I admit, I kept reading which shows there was enough in the story to interest me The emphasis on fly fishing, which is something I have zilch interest in, With A Strong, Warm Voice That Brings The South To Life, New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe Writes Richly Textured Stories That Intimately Portray The Complex And Emotional Relationships We Share With Families, Friends, And The Natural World Every Book That Mary Alice Monroe Has Written Has Felt Like A Homecoming To Me, Writes Pat Conroy, Bestselling Author Of The Prince Of Tides Time Is a River Is An Insightful Novel That Will Sweep Readers Away To The Seductive Southern Landscape, Joining books By Authors Such As Anne Rivers Siddons And Sue Monk KiddRecovering From Breast Cancer And Reeling From Her Husband S Infidelity, Mia Landan Flees Her Charleston Home To Heal In The Mountains Near Asheville, North Carolina She Seeks Refuge In A Neglected Fishing Cabin Belonging To Her Fly Fishing Instructor, Belle CarsonBelle Recently Inherited The Cabin, Which Once Belonged To A Grandmother She Never Knew The Legendary Fly Fisher And Journalist Of The S, Kate Watkins, Whose Life Fell Into Ruins After She Was Accused Of Murdering Her Lover Her Fortune Lost In The Stock Market Crash And Her Reputation Destroyed, Kate Slipped Into Seclusion In The Remote Cabin After Her Death The Fishing Cabin Remained Locked And Abandoned For Decades Little Does Belle Know That By Opening The Cabin Doors To Mia For A Summer S Sanctuary, She Will Open Again The Scandal That Plagued Belle S Family For GenerationsFrom Her First Step Inside The Dusty Cabin, Mia Is Fascinated By The Traces Of Kate S Mysterious Story Left Behind In The Eccentric Furnishings Of The Cabin And Though Belle, Ashamed Of The Tabloid Scandal That Tortured Her Mother, Warns Mia Not To Stir The Mud, Mia Is Compelled To Find Out About Kateespecially When She Discovers Kate S JournalThe Inspiring Words Of The Remarkable Woman Echo Across The Years Mia Has Been Learning To Fly Fish, And Kate S Wise Words Comparing Life To A River Resonate Deeply She Begins A Quest To Uncover The Truth Behind The Lies As She Searches Newspaper Archives And Listens To The Colorful Memories Of The Local Small Town Residents, The Story Of A Proud, Fiercely Independent Woman Emerges Mia Feels A Strange Kinship With The Woman Who, Like Her, Suffered Fears, Betrayal, The Death Of Loved Ones, And A Fall From Grace Yet Found Strength, Compassion And, Ultimately, Forgiveness In Her Isolation A Story Timeless In Its Appeal Emerges, With A Power That Reopens Old Wounds, But Also Brings A Transforming Healing For Mia, For Kate S Descendants, And For All Those In Mia S New Community I wasn t sure if I had it in me to finish this Most of the first 100 or so pages were boring There are two storylines and the one set in the early 1900s was the most interesting At the halfway point, I decided to start skimming the pages, especially the descriptions of fly fishing It was just okay overall.
I thought that I had read all of Mary Alice Monroe s books but somehow I missed this one I listened to it on a long drive and my involvement in this book made the miles fly by.
Mia is a breast cancer survivor on the physical side of recovery but still dealing with it from a mental and emotional standpoint Her sister sends her to a survivor retreat in the NC mountains called Casting for Recovery, where breast cancer survivors learn to fly fish and connect with nature and each other as a means of recovery When Mia returns home, she finds her husband in bed with another woman and she flees back to the NC mountains She rents a small cabin and decides to stay there for the summer to try to figure out her future life and gets involved in the mystery surrounding the original owner of the cabin.
As with all of Mary Alice s boo I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived Henry David ThoreauJust as she recovered from a breast cancer rehabilitation, Mia receives another unpleasant surprise the husband she expected to be supported by in that difficult moment cheated on her with his secretary Devastated and ashamed, Mia escapes to the one place she feels safe at a cabin in the North Carolina Mountains She makes a deal with the cabin owner and a friend, Bella, to fix and clean it and stay there for the summer.
Gradually, by bringing the old cabin together, Mia noticing how she recovers The cabin once belonged to Kate Watkins, whose life was full of secrets, mystery, and rumors Kate was accused of murdering her lover and her daughter ran awa It has been some time since I ve read a book as beautifully written as this one The story is engaging, the words tumble effortlessly just as the river Mia fishes in tumbles down the mountain The setting is lovely, the cabin is dreamy The author makes mountain life evenenticing than I already feel it is The friendships Mia builds are wonderful, her healing and growth are refreshing and Stuart is the quintessential romantic Scotsman I didn t want this story to end, and it s been even longer since I ve read a book where that has happened to me Is it wrong that I literally hugged this book when I sadly finished reading it I don t want to have to return it to the library, therefore I will have to purchase my own copy for my home library so I can read this treasure again in the future.
This was a great book It spoke to me in ways no other book has It is the story of a breast cancer survivor who makes a life for herself after her recovery, which is complicated by a divorce when her husband decides he no longer wants a relationship with her after the loss of her breast.
Mia landan is muchstrong than she thinks she is I really identified with her character because I had breast cancer 4 years ago Mia and I both found out who our real friends were True friends stick around for you, others don t Mia is able to solve a mystery for a community where she temporarily stays after her husband tells her he wants a divorce She learns to fly fish, fix things and even builds a new sidewalk for her landlady She learns that she is strong and can do what she puts her mind to work doing She even forms a
My feelings have run the gamut from fury to hurt to finally just wanting to move on That s the good thing about being at a place like thisI ve had a lot of time to think about me Not just about the divorce, but all that existential stuff, my emotions, ambitions, beliefs I ve had the the rug pulled out from me in so many ways This book left me feeling a bit conflicted, with my emotions running the gauntlet empathy, sorrow, joy, confusion, fury, and disappointment Mia s raw emotions dealing with breast cancer, body awareness self esteem, infidelity of her spouse, fear of failure, fear of independence All these things came across as tangible and heartfelt These attributes of Mia as a woman and a character are things I can connect with and embrace.
However, Mia s opposing sides were counterpr This book is a July 2008 Indy Pick aka booksense This is a soothing and rare treasure of a book Monroe has really outdone herself this time with the story of breast cancer survivor Mia Landan After a year of surgeries, radical chemo and radiation, Mia is a ghost of who she once was a socially polished public relations guru married to an equally driven and sophisticated lawyer Mia s sister sends her on a 3 day weekend with Casting For Recovery a real and very amazing group, by the way , a group of survivors who bond and heal, physically and emotionally, through fly fishing Energized from the experience, she comes home to find her husband in bed with another woman She blindly races back to the mountains and into the arms of Belle Carson, the fishing guide and infinitely kind hearted woman.
Belle owns a dilapidated cabin that she rents to Mia for the summer it s Mia s job to fix the plac