The River by Michael Neale Summary “You were made for The River . . .”
Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure.
But something holds him back—the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old—something no child should ever see.
Chains of fear and resentment imprison Gabriel, keeping him from discovering the treasures of The River. He remains trapped, afraid to take hold of the life awaiting him.
When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home. His destiny is within reach. Claiming that destiny will be the hardest—and bravest—thing he has ever done.
I enjoyed this book well enough to read through it. It had a sweet message and was a little sad. It did feel a little juvenile to me. Like I was reading a book from a 5th graders perspective. I had a hard time believing Gabriel was the age stated. The characters didn't feel well developed at all. One of the reasons I kept reading is that the intro or prologue made me feel like it was a real story, and I was wondering if it was the whole time. Though I finally figured out it wasn't. Overall I'd give this book 3 stars for being sweet and readable, but no wow factor for me.