Time Is a River Author:Mary Alice Monroe Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson. — Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother s... more »he never knew -- the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. Her fortune lost in the stock market crash and her reputation destroyed, Kate slipped into seclusion in the remote cabin. After her death the fishing cabin remained locked and abandoned for decades. Little does Belle know that by opening the cabin doors to Mia for a summer's sanctuary, she will open again the scandal that plagued Belle's family for generations.
From her first step inside the dusty cabin, Mia is fascinated by the traces of Kate's mysterious story left behind in the eccentric furnishings of the cabin. And though Belle, ashamed of the tabloid scandal that tortured her mother, warns Mia not to stir the mud, Mia is compelled to find out more about Kate...especially when she discovers Kate's journal.
The inspiring words of the remarkable woman echo across the years. Mia has been learning to fly-fish, and Kate's wise words comparing life to a river resonate deeply. She begins a quest to uncover the truth behind the lies. As she searches newspaper archives and listens to the colorful memories of the local small-town residents, the story of a proud, fiercely independent woman emerges. Mia feels a strange kinship with the woman who, like her, suffered fears, betrayal, the death of loved ones, and a fall from grace -- yet found strength, compassion and, ultimately, forgiveness in her isolation. A story timeless in its appeal emerges, with a power that reopens old wounds, but also brings a transforming healing for Mia, for Kate's descendants, and for all those in Mia's new community.« less
A heartwarming tale of a breast cancer survivor finding herself and finding romance through the unlikely art of fly fishing. I LOVED this book! It was my first experience with Mary Alice Monroe's writing, but it will NOT be my last. Ms. Monroe has the ability to create a great story line woven with a bit of mystery and adventure. Great characters, so real you will feel as if you've met them before! Ms. Monroe's writing reminds me a little of Anne Rivers Siddons. I say that as a compliment as Ms. Siddons is another great story teller that I admire very much!
As a breast cancer survivor, I adored this book! For me, it was a fast read. I had trouble putting it down. I was captivated with its charm!