The River

The River is Michael Neale's debut novel, and it didn't disappoint. I was skeptical at first about reading this book because I have literally no interest in whitewater rafting, camping, or farming, which are the main themes this book seemed to center on in the description. However, the moment I opened the package when I received this book, I knew this was going to be a special one I would enjoy. The book itself is a work of art. The cover is beautifully textured and made to look like an old fashioned journal. The pages have rough, uneven edges which add to the effect. As I opened the book and read the prologue and first chapter, it was confirmed - I was instantly hooked. This book details Gabriel Clarke's childhood and young adulthood and his growth from a traumatized boy to a freed man. I enjoyed the allegorical storyline of "The River" and the oft-repeated line "you were made for The River". Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I read it in 24 hours. The story touched me and is one that really makes you think about it long after you read the last page. I really hope Michael Neale will continue writing books, and maybe even a sequel to The River. I highly recommend reading this book! Excellent! I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I also read and enjoyed The River. It's really a book about trusting God, letting go of past hurts so that you can move forward in life. It's an inspiring story about the possibilities that unfold when you are willing to take a risk. Life with God is meant to be an adventure--this book reminded me of that truth! Great review.


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