Today is the first day of this blog tour in which we are celebrating Darcie Chan’s second novel, ‘The Mill River Redemption’ which is being published tomorrow by Sphere.
I was asked if I would like to review ‘The Mill River Redemption’. I had never heard of Darcie Chan until then but the book sounded both interesting and intriguing so I decided to give it a go especially as it is recommended for fans of Maeve Binchy whose books I absolutely love.
Josie DiSanti had no idea about what was about to happen and she certainly didn’t expect to lose her husband. With no way to support herself and her two young children, Josie has little choice but to go and live in the small town of Mill River with her Aunt Ivy. Rose and Emily, Josie’s daughters, are totally inseparable and look out for each other whilst they are growing up. But then something tragic and unforgiveable happens which tears the two sisters apart and they go their own separate ways.
Many years later, Rose and Emily are contacted with news that their mother has died and they find themselves back in Mill River for the reading of her will. Josie tried her best to get her daughters talking again but was unsuccessful in her attempts. Still determined she has left them a task in which she hopes they will work together and reconcile their differences. In order to comply with her wishes Rose and Emily must move to Mill River and live in neighbouring houses. The two sisters reluctantly get on with the task at hand. But will they succeed in completing it and will it bring them together?
I really liked the cover. The colours go well together and it is such a lovely peaceful image. I wouldn’t of minded living in one of those houses. Set in 2013, this novel goes back and forth from 1983 onwards so that the reader gets to learn the whole story. The chapters which are based in the past are clearly marked.
Out of the two sisters, Emily was my favourite. I found it hard to warm to Rose even though she had issues and needed help desperately. I absolutely loved Aunt Ivy and reading about her bookstore. I could have spent hours in there! I wasn’t sure what I thought about the twist towards the end of the story. It was a bit of a shocker and rather drastic.
This story is about family, love, forgiveness and facing up to your problems.
Having enjoyed ‘The Mill River Redemption’, I do hope to get round to reading ‘The Mill River Recluse’ at some point soon as it is about one of the earlier character’s mentioned in this story.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her second novel, The Mill River Redemption, is also set in the fictional town of Mill River. Darcie has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. She writes fiction full-time and lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.
Follow her on twitter @DarcieChan
‘The Mill River Redemption’ by Darcie Chan (Sphere) is available as an eBook from tomorrow.