Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie's aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up - until a shocking tragedy tears them apart.
Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother's will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie's safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . . .
A view weeks ago I received a paperback of ‘The Mill River Redemption’ by Darcie Chan through the ‘Little Brown Book Group’ in exchange for an honest review. Although this book didn’t seem like the kind of book I normally read, I really liked the description, and decided to give this book a try. And I’m really glad I did.
In ‘The Mill River Redemption’ we meet Josie DiSanti and her two young daughters. After a terrible accident Josie moves with her two girls to a small town called Mill River where the only living family Josie still has left lives, Ivy. Together with help of Ivy, Josie tries to make a life for herself and her two little girls as a single mom. Josie manages to get a new job and soon she also has a new home to raise her daughter with help of her aunt Ivy. Through the years both Josie daughters, Rose and Emily grow up and they learn to help their mom in the house. But how older the girls get how more things change. And soon another terrible accident happens, and the lives of the DiSanti girls change forever. The ones close relationship between Rose and Emily dissapeares intirely and soon Josie is forced to see her daughters apart from each other. But Josie is not one to give up quickly. And soon Josie has a plan to make her daughters see eye to eye.
Although ‘The Mill River Redemption’ is not the kind of book I normally read, I found myself really enjoying this book. I loved how the characters lived in this little town where everybody knows each other and where everyone looks out for each other. I loved reading about the different characters in the little town and how caring everybody was. This is just something I really don’t know since I’ve been living in a big city for a great part of my life.
I loved to read about Josie and her little girls and how Josie worked her hard to make sure her girls had a good life. What I also really enjoyed was the way each chapter was written about another time. There where chapters about the present and about the past. I loved how at the end everything became clear and everything got together.
The character I loved the most was definitely Aunt Ivy. I loved how she took care of everyone and that every single person came to her for a chat. The fact that she had her own bookshop made me love her even more. I could almost imagine myself sitting in that bookshop talking about life and books. Loved that.
This book was definitely a nice read. I loved the small town life and the family ‘drama’. This book was a really nice read and definitely made you think about life.
What others have to say about Darcie Chan:
‘A touching story that encompasses the whole gamut of human behaviour with love and charity’
Red on The Mill River Recluse
‘An engaging read ****’
Star Magazine on The Mill River Recluse
‘A real page-turner’
Choice on The Mill River Recluse
About the Author:
Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Mill River Recluse’. Her second novel, ‘The Mill River Redemption’, is also set in the fictional town of Mill River. Darcie has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. She writes fiction full-time and lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.
For more information about Darcie Chan and 'The Mill River Redemption' please visit her website, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for Darcie on Facebook and Twitter.
Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.