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First, There Is a River [Paperback]

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Item description for First, There Is a River by Kathy Steffen, Suresh K. Lodha, John Peacock, Matthias Haldemann, Frederick Van Fleteren, Annelise Anderson, Arthur Nersesian & Scott Silsby...

A family conceals a cruel secret.

Emma Perkins' life appears idyllic. Her husband, Jared, is a hardworking farmer and a dependable neighbor. But Emma knows intimately the brutality prowling beneath her husband's faade. When he sends their children away, Emma's life unravels.

A woman seeks her spirit.

Deep in despair, Emma seeks refuge aboard her uncle's riverboat, the Spirit of the River. She travels through a new world filled with colorful characters: captains, mates, the rich, the working class, moonshiners, prostitutes, and Gage, the Spirit's reclusive engineer. Scarred for life from a riverboat explosion, Gage's insight into heartache draws him to Emma, and as they heal together, they form a deep and unbreakable bond. Emma learns to trust that anything is possible, including reclaiming her children and facing her husband.

A man seeks revenge.

Jared Perkins makes a journey of his own. Determined to bring his wife home and teach her the lesson of her life, Jared secretly follows the Spirit. His rage burns cold as he plans his revenge for everyone on board.

Against the immense power of the river, the journey of the Spirit will change the course of their lives forever.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   356
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2007
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815937  
ISBN13  9781932815931  

Availability  0 units.

More About Kathy Steffen, Suresh K. Lodha, John Peacock, Matthias Haldemann, Frederick Van Fleteren, Annelise Anderson, Arthur Nersesian & Scott Silsby

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Highly recommend, First, There Is a River  Jan 25, 2008
First, There Is a River was recommended to me, so I am in turn highly recommending it too all! Kathy Steppen is a gifted writer! Her character detail and story telling ability is captivating! The book kept me on my toes, and never went in the direction I was anticipating it to go. Just a great read!
Transport Yourself on a Riverboat!  Dec 7, 2007
Easy read that draws you in within the first few chapters. You find yourself routing for the underdogs, relating to the heroin, and appauled with the dasterly fiend. You definately feel like " you are there " with the characters, and in some parts read nail biting. I didn't want it to end! There are twists that I did not expect- not your typical plot. Pleasantly surprised at the authenticity in relation to the time period. I will definately look for this author's next novel.
captivating  Dec 6, 2007
Kathy Steffen writes with such attention to detail, I found myself surprised not to be on a riverboat when I put the book down (and putting it down was difficult)! Her characters were very believable, the situations in which they found themselves true to their persons, and their resulting actions in line with their personalities. I, too, cannot wait for Ms Steffen's next book.
Stupendous!  Nov 7, 2007
Ms. Groft is an unbelievable storyteller. I was captivated by the complex, unpredictable characters and the beautifully written descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of the era. Emotion, suspense, humor and struggle are blended flawlessly into a wonderful tale. I will re-read this novel soon.
Can't Put It Down!  Oct 16, 2007
This is one of those books that you can't put down! It is so exciting and the characters are so real that you become totally immersed in the plot and can't wait to see what happens next! The book is historically factul, the story line so intrically woven that you feel you have actually been there and met all of the characters and understand their lives and motivations. I hated to see the book end --I wanted it to go on forever.

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