Book Review: The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

The Mill River Redemption Book Cover The Mill River Redemption
Mill River Series, #2
Darcie Chan
Women's Fiction
Ballantine Books
August 26, 2014
416
From Left To Write Book Club

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River, Vermont, to live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard, the local bookstore owner and a woman Josie barely knows. There, the young mother and her girls build a new life for themselves—until a shocking tragedy tears the sisters apart.

Years later, Josie’s still-estranged daughters return to the quiet town for the reading of their mother’s will, which stipulates that they must work together to locate a hidden key to a safe deposit box containing their inheritance. Even from the great beyond, it seems Josie will do anything to bring about her daughters’ reconciliation. Having no choice but to go along with their mother’s final wishes, Rose and Emily move back to Mill River for the summer to begin the search . . . but discover that, in the close-knit community known for magic and miracles, an even greater treasure awaits them.

 

Darcie Chan returns to Mill River, Vermont to share the story of Josie, Rose, and Emily DiSanti, in her new release, The Mill River Redemption. Digging into a theme of family love and the bonds that hold family together, the DiSanti family struggles to overcome a tragedy that has ripped two sisters apart. You will have a difficult time putting this book down.

Returning to Mill River, you will find familiar characters from Darcie’s first novel, The Mill River Recluse. However, if you’ve not had the opportunity to read The Mill River Recluse (like me), no worries! The Mill River Redemption is a stand alone novel, so you will feel completely at home reading without worrying that you’ve missed important details. The DiSanti story is very much it’s own.

The Mill River Redemption flows well and is a very easy read. I never found myself bored, or skimming through pages, and definitely never felt the need to put the book aside and come back later. It was quite the opposite; I had to force myself to put the book down my very first day.

Josie DiSanti is a widowed mother of two that has decided to move her young family to Mill River, Vermont after a tragic incident claimed her husband. Moving in with her only living family member, aunt Ivy, Josie begins to rebuild her life and give her daughters, Rosie and Emily, the family life she believes they need.

Although the two daughters have a close bond as children and teens, Rosie and Emily are two sides of a coin. As young adults, tragedy strikes the DiSanti family breaking the bond of the two sisters. Estranged well into adulthood, Josie is determined to bring her once-close daughters back together, even if it’s her final wish.

The DiSanti story is told through both current actions and flashbacks, but is in no way confusing or choppy. Darcie did a great justice to each character by developing a solid story for each. I didn’t feel that I had to re-read areas of the story to understand a character or understand their path in the overall story line.

I will tell you… it was definitely not the ending I was expecting.


 

Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of the eBook sensation The Mill River Recluse and the novel The Mill River Redemption. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction full-time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.