By Michelle Vasquez, Life in Review
The River Rose by Gilbert Morris is the second book in his Water Wheel series. It’s a lovely story that is rich in historical detail and will carry you away to another time and place.
Jeanne Bettencourt is a young widow who works as a chambermaid in a hotel and struggles to provide for her young daughter. Someone shows up at Jeanne’s work one day and tells her that she has inherited something from a distant relative. When she goes to the meeting with the lawyer she discovers that she is now half owner of a steamboat.
Jeanne grew up with her parents on a steamboat so she knows a lot about life on the river. Her new partner, Clint Hardin, is a master machinist, so he can handle the mechanical side of things. After giving it much thought she decides to take her daughter and try to make life work on the Helena Rose. There are many trials and big surprises along the way.
I very highly recommend this book! The writing is excellent and the characters will steal your heart and stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. For the most part this isn’t a fast-paced story, but it’s one to be savored. The historical detail is so vibrant that it becomes a lovely escape into an earlier time where life was very different.
I loved Jeanne right from the start and as a single parent I could really relate to her in many ways. Her daughter, Marvel, is her life and the reason she does everything. She longs to give Marvel a better life and she is very strong and determined.
Clint is a very different character because he is still a bit wild when we meet him at first. I wasn’t sure I was going to like him at first, but once we get to know him, we see the good man that’s inside.
The characters and the story hooked me right away. There’s drama, adventure, mystery, suspense, and sweet romance. The author laces it all with a beautiful message of faith.
This is the first book by Gilbert Morris that I have had a chance to read. I know he has authored a lot of Christian fiction books and has a big fan base. I am certainly a new fan after reading this one and will be looking for more of his books.
This review was originally published on Michelle’s blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.