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River Rose, The: A Water Wheel Novel [Paperback]

Gilbert Morris

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Book Description

May 2012 Water Wheel Novels
When two very different people jointly inherit the same steamboat in Memphis during the mid-nineteenth century, their shared need for a new livelihood steers them toward falling in love.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman and Holman (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673214
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Riverboat drama with a woman pilot July 23 2012
By Mary Hake - Published on
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Likable Characters! Sept. 16 2012
By Faye - Published on
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner April 4 2014
By Paul E. Brown - Published on
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The author holds your interest, because you never know what surprise might be coming on the next page; you won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars River Rose purchase Feb. 23 2014
By Margaret Miller - Published on
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I was thrilled to find the book I was looking for.
It was part of a set and made my reading experience complete.

Thank you for offering books at a dicounted price.
5.0 out of 5 stars The River Rose Feb. 11 2014
By Mary B. - Published on
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Excellent reading. A mystery with romance and a little humor Jeanne's little daughter Marvel's dolls and their names "Avemaria". And Mrs. Toth. I laughed at the cute things she did and wept When she was so near death. Clint was a real hero and saved the day so many times and then he was saved by The Lord during Marvels illness. Gilbert Morris writes the most intriguing tales! This one is a " keeper" Christian fiction 5 stars

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