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Bone River
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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In the year 1875 Leonie Monroe Russell is living in Washington State, a remote part of the Pacific North-West, and working with her husband Junius an oysterman, and also collecting and studying Native Indian artifacts. Her passion for this had begun with her father who died twenty years before. He was an "ethnicologist" who was obssessed with studying the Native tribes.
Before dying he had ordered Leonie to marry Junius , a much older man, as she was only 17 and her wanted her to be taken care of. (!)
When a riverbank collapses and reveals a mummy to Leonie, she becomes totally focussed on trying to determine the origins of this dead Native woman before Junius can sell her on to make money.

There are some interesting characters alongside: including Lord Tom, a Native Indian who works alongside Leonie and is like a father to her. Also Daniel, Junius's long lost son turns up, but is his story true?

The story is atmospheric, lots of mystery, isolation and battling against the elements in a place that is cold, wet and muddy.
The last of the Native tribes are being studied " scientifically" in far away parts of the US, by people who want to see any relics, especially any bones, and of course the mummy.

I found the beginning intriguing and I found the ending good. The problem for me with this book was that the middle really dragged on and on.
There are lots of interesting details, but you have to be prepared for a very slow read.
I liked the ending, which reveals so much about the novel as a whole, so if you can stick with it and see what you think!
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
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I can't tell you how surprised I am to have enjoyed Bone River so much. I wasn't expecting such a complex, meaty plot and anticipated more of an historical romance; more froth than grit. Happy to say I couldn't have been more wrong.

Bone River is a tightly woven mystery based around secrets and lies, both past and present, reaching out to impact upon Leonie Monroe Russell. Leonie has a hard life surviving in the American Northwest Pacific (Washington State) during the mid nineteenth century. During the day she works on the cold, harsh oyster beds but in the evening Leonie devotes her true self to the study of local Native American history, legend and culture. I enjoyed the unique contrast of a woman with a spiritual nature and keen intelligence undertaking such basic physical work; creates a balance, makes her more real. Leonie's father, also an ethnologist, is alive for just the briefest part of the novel but remains a catalyst for all that happens to her and he's a powerful, forceful presence rarely out of her thoughts.

Leonie's husband, Junius, is a much older man and they share what can only be termed a marriage of convenience. They're happy enough on the surface, there's a kind of love, but it soon becomes apparent their relationship is compromised by emotional and sexual frustration. When two key events happen almost simultaneously; the arrival of the mysterious Daniel and the unearthing of an ancient mummy, it's not just the history of the Native American Indians that's revealed. Events begin to spiral out of control and Leonie has no choice but to stand by and watch as the life she's built with Junius slowly crumbles away beneath the weight of buried secrets.

Megan Chance uses her beautifully descriptive style to bring the landscape and seasonal weather conditions of the area to life. Her ability to mix the inner turmoil of her characters with the battering winds, intense dark and rain adds much to the atmosphere while her confidence in writing about this period in history, adds a sense of reality that's not easy to accomplish.

There's an intriguing sub-plot with dream sequences, nightmares, and a rich backdrop of Native American Indian storytelling and legend which adds another depth, gives another dimension, to the story. It's vaguely possible you'll find some of the language and attitudes shown by a few of the characters towards the Native American Indian population a little harsh but; it's essential with this type of historical fiction that you create a sense of reality and there was no political correctness in the mid nineteenth century.

Do I have a negative? There are always parts of a novel that you'd have written differently had you been the author. I'd have to say Bone River could use a little more pace, a little more tension, because it drags slightly in parts. That's my only negative comment. There's enough reality, history, mystery, hardship and heartache in this novel to suit almost anyone who enjoys beautiful prose, solid dialogue, believable characters and an intelligent, thoughtful story. I loved Bone River and it surprised me greatly in a good way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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i thought this book was quite different from the run of the mill , it was written in a different time from today standards , women needed looking after and people married for other reasons than love, for a woman in those times to be involved in any kind of learning sets her out as different from the start, its a good read with intrigue tribal sensitivities and mummies/fossils . good one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2013
I'd never read any books by Megan Chance before but I was smitten by her clever imagery, her descriptions of living a hard life in a relentless climate. Her knowledge of the local people past and present, their beliefs and how clever she inter twined everything but kept me guessing for quite a long while where this was going to all fit in. It's difficult to explain any more about the book in depth with out giving anything away, as it's a simple story but with many complexities. It touches on everything from a journey of oppression, deception, love and enlightenment. Beautifully written, cleverly descriptive and insightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
I was't sure what to expect, other reviewers having found this story slow.I was captivated from the start by the unusual setting, and by the powerful sense of something unexplained, both in Leonie's own past and in the strange power that the artefacts, especially the mummy, exerted over her. Although I worked out the ending quite quickly, this didn't spoil my enjoyment. I appreciated the vivid depiction of a region that came across as only half-tamed; all too rare in an over-"civilized" world. I recommend the book to readers looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
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Flooding has eroded the riverbank, the coffin revealed of a mummified female. Can she be Indian, or from a more ancient civilization? Finder Leonie narrates, she ever since haunted by dreams. That mummy becomes an obsession, between them what seems a growing affinity....

The novel is evocatively set in the American mid-1800's. Local people are much at the mercy of the elements, women expected to know their place. Leonie, now nearing forty, has been sheltered all her life - first by Papa who died when she was seventeen, then by her much older husband Junius. Here is a humble, lonely existence - money raised by farming oysters and selling unearthed Indian artefacts.

What now with the mummy appearing to exert a mystical influence? Can it be responsible for the sudden arrival of a handsome stranger? Exactly why is he there? Handiman and friend Lord Tom is openly nervous. Local witch Biba warns of trouble to come.

The characters? Some have found Leonie herself unappealing, but I rather warmed to her. She is keen to study, a fine artist, fascinated by all things Indian. Rather less appealing are Papa and Junius. Both show contempt for Indians and their culture, but recognize that skeletons and relics can prove nice little earners. Between them they have denied Leonie the opportunity to be her real self. Will that day ever come? What if emotions, so long suppressed, should eventually come to the fore?

Here is a theme rich in possibilities. It should haunt and involve. Sadly impact is reduced by such a leisurely pace. The climax, when reached, proves somewhat overwrought - its revelations many may confidently have anticipated for quite a while.

Despite strengths, the novel disappoints a little - too often attention inclined to wander.
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on 8 March 2013
As with many books, this has polarised opinions. Some have criticised the writing style - unfairly in my view. Although there are a few examples of anachronistic use of language by the characters, the style is easy and generally flows well. Others have criticised the pace - it is slow in places but personally I didn't find it dragged (and it's not meant to be an action thriller). But I found the story compelling and even though I think it is possible to guess before their eventual revelation two of the plot's "secrets" I didn't find this spoilt my enjoyment of the book. The novel is told in the first person by Leonie, probably essential given the plot and the author's need to inform the reader convincingly of Leonie's thought processes. Clearly Leonie is an intelligent woman but she is also naive and a woman of her time, so it seems unfair to compare her behaviour unfavourably with what would be expected today. The same goes for the non-PC views of indians - this is an historical story. For those looking for a standard historical romance this may well be a little slow and a little light on romance; for those looking for something a bit more complex and with some sympathy for a character struggling with her values and emotions in an unusual setting, I would recommend it.
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on 21 January 2015
This novel creates a whole world as seen through the eyes of a woman who has grown up by a remote river that provides a living and a backdrop for the whole of her life. She has been married for twenty years to a man chosen by her dying father to take care of her, but the day she finds the mummy of a dead Indian woman after the river has flooded changes her life and her sense of who she is. Add to this the arrival of a stranger with a grievance and the stage is set. But don't get the idea that this a melodrama. Yes, there is a mystery to be unravelled; there are dreams and voices from the past; there is passion and desperate struggles to survive against the forces of nature, but it is all grounded in realistic detail and through convincing, well-drawn characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and felt absorbed in it, especially as through Kindle Unlimited I was able to read and listen to an excellent narration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
I found this book interesting and learned a lot about the people and their customs in the area at that time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2014
An unusual story, and you quickly become involved in the life of the main character. Conjures up how difficult life was for early settlers in north America and the prejudices against the American Indians. It was an interesting story and I learned something and enjoyed the experience.
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