- 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)
Bone River MP3 CD – 4 Dec 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely wonderful historical novel of Native American Indian life. A lovely gripping, tense romance with a highly complex plot in a harsh environment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rani S
This book really drew me in. I began to know and understand the characters and felt for Leonnie especially. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MRS P.
The premise is quite good, but not so sure about the actual writingPublished 21 months ago by Wendy Corser
Good story, well written and a very good twist. Not my usual style of book but enjoyable, must read more by Megan ChancePublished on 15 Feb. 2015 by Vanessa Thackray
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. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2015 by C. Evans
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... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2014 by netty