Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

A bookstore, mothers, sisters, aunts, family secrets.

THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION is a wonderful, cozy, book that combines family, the love of books, and a small town and turns all of those into a book you won't want to stop reading.

Josie DiSantis had to move ​from New York ​back to her roots in Mill River, Vermont, after her husband was killed in a fire that destroyed their home.  Luckily she and her daughters survived and had a loving aunt to take them in.

Mill River is a town that I would LOVE to live in.  It seemed to be the perfect place to grow up, the perfect place to raise your children, and the perfect place to return to.

The only thing that wasn't perfect was the relationship between Josie's daughters, Rose and Emily.  Something happened that tore their once close, sisterly relationship apart and had them estranged for years. 

Josie tried to get them to reconcile all during her life and even after her death.  Josie had devised a perfect plan described in her will that would hopefully bring the girls back together.  Would this work?  Nothing else had.

Josie was a strong character, Aunt Ivy was all the warmth anyone could ask for, and Rose and Emily were total opposites.  Mill River and its residents knew everyone's business, but the town had the kindest folks ever.
I really enjoyed THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION because of the homey storyline and the beautifully described characters.

This is the first book I have read by Darcie Chan, and her writing style is inviting, descriptive, and simply superb. 

I didn't want to stop reading because I wanted to see how the plan Josie devised was working out as well as wanting to be a part of that town with all those delightful residents.
Don't miss reading THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION if you like cozy, heartwarming reads.

This is going to be one of my FAVORITE reads of this year. I didn't want it to end.  I wanted to spend more time with the characters.  :) Even the cover is  alluring and captivating.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. Thanks so much for your review. I've read several reviews of this book and all of them are very positive. I'm going to check it out!

  2. Thanks for stopping, Heidi.

    I really did like the book a lot. There is another book too that I haven't read titled The Mill River Recluse.

    You are welcome on the review.

  3. Lovely review, Elizabeth! I have this book on my list and am eager to read it.

  4. Thanks, Beth. It is truly a compliment to get a comment from an author about a review.

    You will love the book. Let me know when you read it.

    Thanks for stopping, Beth.

  5. This looks like a book I would love. I fell in love with Vermont when we visited last year. Off to add this to my wish list!

  6. I loved this book.

    I wanted to live in the town, and the characters were awesome.

    Let me know what you think when you read it, stacybuckeye.

    Thanks for stopping.

  7. I have read very few books on family and relationships. This book sounds to be close to reality. Me and my sister fight a lot so I can understand the relationship between Josie's daughters.

  8. Sorry to hear you and your sister fight.

    I loved this book. I hope you get to read it.

    Thanks for stopping, Kero.

  9. You know, I don't usually read this type of thing, but I do like that cover, and the plot sounds WONDERFUL! Plus, I love the way you have described the town, Elizabeth!

    The one sad part is that the two sisters are no longer close..... Like Kero, I can relate, as I have a sister I don't really get along with. The other one, who is the youngest of the three of us, is MY BABY. Lol. :)

    I would like to find out if these two sisters are finally able to reconcile, thanks to the mom's will!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely review, which I have just come across!! HUGS!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

    1. I can tell you, but it would be more fun to read the book. :)

      There actually is another one before or after this book. I forget. :) I didn't read it because I never was able to get to it, but am disappointed that I haven't read it because I loved the characters.

      Thanks for commenting, Maria.