The last in the Wabash River Trilogy. The story of Daniel and Mercy the orphan children found by Farrway Quill. Mercy was a sassy spitfire as child and had a quick temper and often needed the loving protection of big brother. Now she was a womanand running to Danny again.
RIVER OF TOMORROW begins about 12 years after DREAM RIVER (1830). Liberty and Farr Quill are away at the Illinois legislature where Farr is representing his county/region.
If you recall from LONESOME RIVER, Farr found Mercy and Daniel after their families were killed in separate tragedies. Being this couple, they promptly added the 2 children to their family. Daniel, 2 years older than Mercy, has always taken care of her. They have grown up as brother and sister in the Quill household.
In the past few years, as they have reached adulthood, they have not been in each others company as much as before. Mercy became the teacher in Quills Station, while Daniel started farming and managing a mill.
Change came suddenly two strangers came to town insisting that Mercy was their sister Hester Baxter. The brothers introduced themselves to Mercy in a shocking manner and insisted she come with them to Kentucky to see her mother before she died. These brothers were such unprincipled hayseeds (in the eyes of the folks in Quills Station) that Mercy refused.
Hammond Perry has a new career as a slave trader but he is still hostile towards the Quill family and anyone who is close to them. It is immediately obvious that Perry is going to clash with the Quills he holds them responsible for his previous military and business failures.
This book is as good as the opening tome. It is a novel that twists and turns, keeping the reader wondering what will happen next. It is a delight to see folks who have been in previous novels return in this book. It was quick reading because I couldnt put it down! 4.5 stars
1. Lonesome River (1987)
2. Dream River (1988)
3. River of Tomorrow (1988)
4. Yesteryear (1995)
While Harrie Clark's husband was alive, their homestead in the soaring crags of Idaho's Salmon River Canyon was their paradise. When the raging river claimed his life, Hattie grew lonelier than she thought possible. Then Toby, an eight-year-old runaway, comes into her life. An unspeakable secret has driven Toby into the wilderness to search for his great-uncle, Afton McCabe, Hattie's gold-mining neighbor. McCabe, a loner, struggles to eke out a living from a river that promises riches but delivers heartbreak. He resents Toby's intrusion but lets him stay. After Toby is nearly killed by a devastating illness, Hattie and Afton become convinced that they must return Toby to his father, despite the boy's wish to remain in the wilderness forever. Together they take the treacherous downriver trek in an all-out confrontation with nature's fiercest elements--despite the boy's deepest desire to keep his new family together forever.
Behind her proper schoolmarm ways, sunny blond Mercy was the same sassy spitfire she had been as a child. An orphan raised by the Quill family with her foster brother Danny, she had always had a quick temper and often needed the loving protection of her big brother. Now she was a woman and running to Danny again.
Two Kentucky bounders had ridden into town with a stunning secret about Mercys past, one that could separate Mercy and Daniel forever. Surrounded by danger, she would recognize her desperate hunger to have Danny claim her, not as a sister, but as his wife. She knew he would stand by her against a towns cruel whispers and fight against an enemy who wanted her dead. But, if she dared to declare her love, would he respond with his dependable brotherly kindness and break her heart?