Where the River Ends

Where the River Ends

Book - 2008
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He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they'd found their true soul mate. Ten years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of ten things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss is there, too, supporting her and making everything possible. Together they steal away in the middle of the night to embark upon a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary's River--a voyage Doss promised Abbie in the early days of their courtship.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767926980
Branch Call Number: FICTION Martin
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Where the river ends : a novel


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Oct 27, 2018

I'm not thrilled when one author is compared to another. From my view, each author has a rhythm that either captures me or doesn't. Charles Martin captures me from beginning to end. Sometimes, his detail is a bit too much for me e.g. his description of the geography of this river, however, the story, the characters, and the descriptions of the thoughts and feelings are captivating. This story was a bit frightening in that the description of the heinous symptoms of cancer were so realistic portrayed that it was challenging to read at times. My father died of pancreatic cancer and dwindled from 180 pound to 78 pounds at his death. That real life experience place me into a place of remembering as I read what Abbie was experiencing and Doss's anguish at watching his wife go through the pain.

Mr. Martin's descriptions of feelings and his determination to fulfill her last wishes is love beyond anything that I have personally experienced and a part of me wishes that I had.

Mr. Martin's acknowledgments in all of his books show a personal side of him that is refreshing and reflective of his male + female characters. Indomitable. What a word filled with grace. Such is the storytelling talent of Charles Martin.

Sep 07, 2017

It’s not that I don’t like books with unlikable characters. It’s that I don’t want to read books where the author seems unaware that he is writing about a terrible person, and Doss is a terrible person. He specifically seeks out parents of children with cancer so he can see someone in more pain than himself. Does the author really expect me to like a character who would do something like that? The plot was ridiculous. I could go on and on with examples, but I'll just keep this review short by saying that I really didn't like this book.

Jul 26, 2017

This is a story about married love that has been tried and tested. When his wife is no longer outwardly beautiful, her spirit shines through and her husband would go to any lengths to fulfill her dreams. It's about a love that serves & gives & sacrifices for the one who is loved. The description of the characters and surroundings is both heart-wrenching and lovely at the same time. Great read!

Apr 20, 2017

This is the second book I've read by Charles Martin and I will definitely be reading more. He writes well with some very quotable thought provoking insights into life. He draws you into the story of a triumphal and meaningful deep love of a man and woman, and takes you on a graphical journey into the life of the river and the life of an artist. Along the way he also introduces some good and some pretty mean characters. It is capped off with the power of forgiveness. This book made quite an impact on me nd I won't be forgetting it too quickly. MT April 2017

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Despite very different backgrounds, Doss Michaels and his wife Abbie Coleman have had ten years of a fairytale marriage, though Abbie's snooty father and stepmother still prefer to avoid Doss. But four years after Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she's given mere days to live, and tensions arise over how she will spend those final days -- with her parents, or with Doss, repeating their honeymoon canoeing trip in the wilds of Georgia. Abundant details of their river-trip cover both the difficulties they face and the nature they float by; this tale of husbandly devotion is reminiscent of books by Nicholas Sparks." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1

Jun 12, 2014

You know where this book is going from the beginning but it is still a heartfelt, have a tissue close by read.

Nov 14, 2012

One of the best books by Martin, and I've read them all.

joannerivera Aug 28, 2012

This was a really great book.

dollfacecrafter Jan 17, 2012

SUCH A great book! full of love, sadness, hope, forgiveness, adventure, and did I say unconditional LOVE ?? awesome!!


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