This story is a love story of a fashion. It is about a young ne'er-do-well man named Darcy and his relationships with the three women in his life who try to love him. Darcy is a drunk and his mother is currently taking care of his son.
Jessie has recently broken up with her latest boyfriend -a shy, quiet poet. Jessie then turns her attention to the charming Darcy in order to start an affair which is bound to bring them both to tears. Ellen also has her eye on Darcy as well.
Mixed in with this plot is a lot of Gothic melodrama: murder, mayhem and mystery; that sort of thing. I liked this story, but this is actually the second time that I read it. I had read it years ago and forgotten most of the plot.. It lost a little of its charm the second time around for me.
However, Bright River Trilogy was still a very good book and it was a fast read for me. I gave it an A!
From the blurb:
"'Bright River Trilogy' is the story of three women united by their powerful attachment to one man- Darcy, a charming drifer and renegade divorced from an eccentric wife.
Lilly, his mother, is raising Darcy's son and struggling to preserve her family. Jessie has fled from a disastrous affair to her father's isolated farm. Ellen is leaving her childhood home to marry a man she does not love. All are haunted by the memories of past losses, and all search for redemption and affirmation in Darcy, whose passion for freedom keeps him elusive and unknowable. One by one, in mesmerizing counterpoint, their three voices examine and try to make sense of their desperate involvement. Together, they weave an enthralling narrative of their own lives and the substance of their humanity- their strengths, fears, and love.
With its empathy, truth, and emotional intensity, 'Bright River Trilogy' is a triumphant reaffirmation of the capacity of fiction to enrich our lives."