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Bone River MP3 CD – 4 Dec 2012

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469227894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469227894
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,559,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Olympia, Washington, Megan Chance is the award-winning author of several novels, including City of Ash, Prima Donna, The Spiritualist, and An Inconvenient Wife. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a criminal defense attorney, and their two daughters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By elsie purdon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2013
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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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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2014
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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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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.
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