Saturday, June 11, 2011


If you have struggled with a teenager. If you have felt loss. If you have felt the pressure of someone bombarding you with a stronghold, you will relate to the life of  Anna Larson. Anna is forty years old and has lost her mother. A mother that has made a huge impact on her life. Her parents raised her along the river and Anna has come back. She has come to say good-bye to her mom and this place, but there is something that grabs a hold of her and gives her all she has been missing.

I absolutely loved this story. It is the first of the series, "The Inn At Shining Waters". I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series. Melody Carlson knows how to add just the right detail and gives the message of hope through her characters and all they are facing.

Anna is remembering her childhood and has a vivid memory of the time she spent with her grandmother teaching her all about her Native American heritage. We see, Anna, face her fears and transform throughout this story as she begins to let go of that she cannot change and begins to embrace life as it should be. Enjoyed one minute at a time.

Hurry and place your order for this one. It's one you don't want to miss out on. I loved, Anna's character. It is so awesome to see God bring clarity to us in the midst of trial. Anna perseveres and I so enjoyed watching her grow.

This book was a gift from Abingdon Press for it's review.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.


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