The River By: Michael Neale
Gabriel Clarke is a young man who is bound by chains of fear, cast upon him at an early age. The terrible event that happened that day shaped his life, causing him to be depressed and afraid, afraid of the River. Yet Gabriel is drawn to the River. The River represents freedom and adventure, peace and contentment. Things he has longs for his entire young life.
Gabriel, more than anything wants to break free and experience the joys of the River but can not do so alone. Friends help encourage him and he decides to return to Colorado, the place of his birth and the tragic event that so shaped his life. As he faces the most challenging yet rewarding times of his life, he knows he is home.
From page one I was hooked and did not want to put this book down. Michael Neale is a master story-teller and wove a tale that captured my heart and my imagination. He made me not only care for the characters in the book, but I could identify with them. I longed to experience all the River had to offer. I felt their joys and their pain, their anger and sadness. I longed for more when the story ended, sad that I had to stop reading.
I would highly recommend this book and I sincerely hope the author is moved to write more! I was given a copy of the book to review and I gladly offer this review to encourage you to read it as I did.