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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman and Holman (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673214
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Riverboat drama with a woman pilot July 23 2012
By Mary Hake - Published on
Format: Paperback
The River Rose by Gilbert Morris takes readers back to the riverboat days of the mid-1800s, where sternwheelers made regular runs on the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers. Jeanne Bettencourt, an impoverished single mother, works as a maid in a fine Memphis hotel. Her six-year-old daughter, Marvel, is the joy of her simple life.

Jeanne grew up aboard a steamboat on the river, where her father served as pilot. He taught her how to pilot also. When she inherits half-interest in a riverboat, she attempts to become the first woman boat pilot and partners with co-heir Clint Hardin to run freight on their Helena Rose.

Clint, as hard as his name implies, has been a boxer and a womanizer. Jeanne feels uneasy about their relationship, but agrees they could make a good business team. Clint, along with the rest of their scanty crew, adores Marvel and watches over her.

A wealthy plantation owner Jeanne knew from the hotel courts her, but she's not certain whether he is the man for her. Troubles still try to swamp Jeanne--including prejudice, life-threatening illness, and an evil man from her past returning with threats and attempts to rob, rape, and murder. Then she must testify at the trial.

Will the new life she's formed be torn away? Will the new love she's discovered be able to survive? Perhaps returning to the faith she once cherished will sustain her through life's difficulties.

Gilbert Morris has written dozens of historical novels. This is the second of his Water Wheel series, but the story stands alone. He says, "As in all my books, I want my readers to see how vital it is to serve God no matter how difficult that might be."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Likable Characters! Sept. 16 2012
By Faye - Published on
Format: Paperback
Jeanne is a struggling young widow, with a daughter named Marvel. Jeanne suddenly finds herself the heir to a boat called the Helena Rose. But another heir also surfaces, Clint Hardin, a man of many surprises with the voice of an angel.

Can Jeanne and Clint learn to share a riverboat, and perhaps more?

My daughter finally talked me into reading one of her favorite authors, Gilbert Morris. There were some great characters, and some cute child characters. Things kept happening, which kept the story moving.

I really liked how Clint built a great relationship with Marvel, Jeanne's daughter. Jeanne was a very strong character, who was just so protective of her daughter and wanted the best for her.

Out of the side characters I just thought that the Doctor was well built, and was a kind man who encouraged Clint in his journey towards faith.

I really liked the scenes towards the end of the book, there was a phenomenal courtroom scene that was just brilliant! That was one great lawyer!

Overall, this was a great book that moved at a steady pace. With plenty of action, especially at the end. This is a stand alone book, though second in a series, the characters of this book have no connection to the characters in the first book. The only connection to the first book is a similar circumstance with a riverboat. So don't be afraid to pick this one right up :) The characters were good and I thought that the characters were very likable, especially Jeanne, because she went through a lot! An enjoyable read.

I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Great Story about the Riverboat Aug. 20 2012
By Deborah K. Epperson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This Book was supplied to me by B&H Publishers through NetGalley for a review in return.

Book Description

Life on the Mississippi in the 1850s is filled with dreams---and disappointments! In The River Rose, widow Jeanne Bettencourt struggles to provide for her young daughter. Things begin to look up when she unexpectedly inherits a steamboat. But there's another claim on the estate! Can faith help Jeanne navigate the swirling waters of her feelings?

My Review

This book is the first book of Gilbert Morris that I have read and I guarantee you, it will not be the last one either. He absolutely wraps you into this book from the first page.

This book was so good. I know that it is suppose to be all about Jeanne Bettencourt but her daughter who is about 5 or 6 years old, grabbed my heart strings. What a precious little girl, I just fell in love with her.

This story tells the story of Jeanne Bettencourt and how she tries to make a living for her and her daughter, Marvel. They live in a rundown housing district and she is a maid who works at the Gayoso Hotel. Then she is confronted by the lawyer and learns that she and Clint Hardin inherit the River Boat, she owns half and he owns the other half. She is a good Christian woman and doesn't know about living on the boat with a man but she decides that her and Marvel will live in a cabin.

As the story goes on, Jeanne is dating a man who stays at the hotel she use to work at and Clint starts to fall for her. He has to hold his feelings in but eventually things change. This is a GREAT book, one that I would suggest to my family and friends. I loved this book so much and that little Marvel was wonderful, a very special child in my opinion. If I was you, I would most definitely pickup this book.

I had better not tell you anything more about the book because I don't want to spoil it for you. I think that Gilbert Morris is a GREAT author and one that everyone should read.

Thank you B&H Publishers for giving me a chance to read and review this WONDERFUL book. Thank you, Gilbert Morris for giving us all a good book to read and learn how Jesus moves. And oh my goodness, how he does move because that is what he wants is to have a relationship with him.
1841 Memphis, TN Aug. 17 2012
By One Desert Rose - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mature reading audience.

1851, Memphis, TN. After being widowed, Jeanne Bettencourt struggled to make ends meet for her and her six-year-old daughter, Marvel, as a chambermaid at the Gayoso House Hotel. Jeanne was always leery and alert when working in the rooms of the men staying at the hotel. Even her daughter was aware that "she didn't like men very much." The real issue is that she didn't trust them.

Her life was about to change for the better when a distant, unknown Hardin relative passed away and she became a half-heir to his estate-a paddle wheeler steamboat. She grew up on one, so she was elated. However, the other half-heir was Clint Hardin, a tough man who had his way with women. Being a Christian woman, Jeanne was uncomfortable "living" on the boat with him, but both needed money, so they made a business arrangement where she would pilot the boat and he would keep up the mechanical end. Though courting wealthy plantation owner, Mr. George Masters, Jeanne began her new life as a steamer pilot. Masters wasn't happy with the arrangement, but she needed income.

The River Rose, by Gilbert Morris, was an entertaining and great historical book! I found that the descriptive events of the daily trappings of the river, the gathering of supplies, the procuring of new customers and cargo, the bantering from the male pilots, the noise and filth of the docks, and the keeping of the logs during the eight-day trips made for an interesting read. I loved the bantering of being nicknamed the `petticoat' pilot. The author fires up the ante with Clint falling for Jeanne and an unexpected shock waiting for Jeanne at the end of their fourth run.

Though I did not care for Clint's lifestyle before working on the steamer, he endeared himself to me as he was so gentle and caring for Marvel. He thoroughly loved the little girl. All the other characters who worked the steamer each had their own little quirks, but I really enjoyed Ezra Givens. He seemed gruff and crusty hard, but he was really a softy on the inside. He'd been working the steamer with the previous owner, and remained as part of the `inheritance.'

Jeanne's thankfulness to God for the small things in life as a chambermaid, and the circumstances that followed her after receiving the steamer, were a light to those around her, and was instrumental for steering her through her daughter's illness and the shocking news and trial upon returning from her river trip. Her care for Roberty came from a heart willing to help this homeless child.

Having read other books by Mr. Morris, I knew I'd find an excellent read with detailed descriptions of every episode. He accomplished it once again. You will be amazed at how his writing will stay with you, as he has a way of gleaning and sharing historical information that sticks with you.

There was one thing that somewhat frustrated me. The title of the boat on the cover didn't match the name on the boat in the book. I kept waiting for it to be renamed. Not sure if that was intentional or an oversight. Though Jeanne had been raised on a steamer, I found it hard to imagine a single woman working on a steamer with all men, except for her daughter, in that time era.

The River Rose is Book 2 in a three-book series. However, The River Rose is a stand-alone novel with zero overlap in characters or plot lines between the books. They are a series in the sense that all three books take place on Mississippi River paddle wheelers during the 1850s.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Brilliantly written and masterfully crafted. July 23 2012
By Danica Page - Published on
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. From the second I started reading, the characters and the writing style swept me away.

The world that Morris created was one that I found fascinating. Jeanne has not been dealt an easy hand in life. She's a widow struggling to make ends meet while trying to provide for her eight year old daughter, and yet she is incredible. I loved learning about her. Like many of my favorite characters, I wanted to hit her upside the head a few times. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching her progression.

And then there was Clint Hardin. Clint was roguish enough for me to absolutely adore him, but refined enough that I didn't feel bad about liking him. He was so kind to Jeanne and her daughter and I loved him from the moment I met him.

Morris' world was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance on the backdrop of the Mississippi. I found myself thoroughly entranced by the tale and recommend this to all fans of historical romance with spunky characters.

In Summary: Brilliantly written and full of lovable characters set against a backdrop that lends to an incredible tale of romance, suspense, and intrigue. I definitely recommend this one. I for one will definitely be checking out Morris' other novels.

The Wrap-up: This book managed to be heart-warming, heart-breaking, hilarious, and poignant all at once. Any book that causes me to feel that wide range of emotions automatically makes its way onto my favorites list. Definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a touching romance with spunky characters who will have you rooting for them from the very beginning. In short, this was a great read that I recommend.


Danica Page