3 out of 4 stars
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Can you keep a secret? Most people love secrets. Some love to keep secrets, while others take pleasure in revealing them. We believe that hiding the truth will protect our loved ones. Even if you throw something into a river and watch it sink, there comes a time when the currents bring that object to the surface. River Current by M. Lee Martin comes under the genre of other fiction. The story occurred in Westfall, Missouri, from the 1950s until the mid-1970s. The citizens of Westfall discovered that well-intentioned secrets, similar to objects tossed into a river, eventually surface.
Despite his rocky relationship with his father, Ray's sense of humor won him many friends. He fell in love with Lydia the first time he saw her. Ray and Lydia had their future mapped out. Ray would study horticulture, and Lydia would go into nursing. Then, Deputy Culpepper put Ray in jail. By the time Ray walked free, suspicions had begun to arise in his mind. Could Ray trust his best friend, Shane? Why would Ray walk away from the love of his life without even saying goodbye? What would he find when he went back to claim his inheritance eighteen years later?
I enjoyed the author's technique of using dates as the chapter headings. The book began with a flashback that prepared the scene for the story. Different chapters carried the reader from the past to the present, filling in information about the town and the various events and characters affecting the story. The dates made it easier to follow the plot as the details fell into place. The last chapter supplied the final piece, giving the book a surprising yet satisfying ending.
This style of telling the story gave plenty of opportunity for character development. The scenes from the past enhanced the portrayal of the romantic couple, the bitter father, the angry deputy, the wise herbalist, among others. Each chapter supplied details and facts that tied the past with the present until the complete picture emerged. I loved how real the author made the characters appear as they came to life amidst their joys, sorrows, schemes, and desires.
Unfortunately, the book had numerous comma errors and a few missing capital letters. The book also used a moderate number of profane words. This was my only dislike of this book. There was one scene describing a rape that insinuates more than it explicitly shows. Readers will also encounter topics like racism, alcoholism, bullying, and promiscuity.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The well-developed characters, Ray and Lydia's romance, and the mysterious secret added to the story's appeal. The grammar errors compelled me to lower the score. I recommend River Current to readers who enjoy stories that contain themes of friendship, romance, and mystery. The sensitive topics and the profanity make the book suitable for older teens and adults.
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