Shining River Author:Lucy Walker Oliver stopped in the archway. He had seen Esther cross the foyer. He made no move towards her, but I knew he had not forgotten. She had seen him, too, but had not recognized him. She began to walk away. Then suddenly she stopped, turned her head and looked at him. — Oliver's mouth remained stubborn. His eyes were black as dead pools. Esth... more »er blushed, hesitated...and turned away.
She had lost him.
Esther and Oliver grow up in the sunny warmth of Pepper Tree Bay. Even as a boy, Oliver is fascinated by the shy and delicate little girl who is his friend. But time and circumstance part the two and toss them headlong into dramatically different lives. Esther goes to live in the mantion of the formidable Mrs. Riccard, where she finds cruelty and loneliness behind a luxuriant facade. Oliver must leave Pepper Tree Bay to find work in the country, and in doing so he learns how to face hardship and reality.
The chasm of time and situation between the two friends grows wider as the years pass. But the bond between them, forged in childhood, is not easily broken...« less