She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.
Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.
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Anna Larson's daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
There, Lauren begins to appreciate the person her mother is becoming--and she loves the river. However, romantic interests throw a wrench into the works and Lauren, jealous and angry, returns to her grandmother yet again.
But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis--one that puts the entire family at risk.
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Publisher: Abingdon Press Fiction
Publication Date: 02/2012
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Anna is not just rebuilding her life with her new husband, Clark, they are restoring her old family store, that was handed down to the women of the family. It would no longer be a store they were turning it into an Inn, The Inn at Shining Waters.
It is 1960 and there are many changes going on in this country and in Anna's life. For instance her daughter Lauren is staying with her parental grandmother, Eunice, after leaving college. As much as Anna dislikes this she tries not to be controlling of her daughter.
As time goes by Lauren becomes very rebellious. Anna remembers when she felt like she had nothing in common with her own mother, Though she got alone great with her Native American Indian grandmother, Pearl. But luckily she has her husband to support her in any situation that arises, be it Lauren or Eunice. If only she could get Lauren to stay at the Inn and maybe learn some coping skills. Lauren is beginning to expects everything to be handed to her on a silver platter. Lauren takes no responsibilities for her own mess, expecting her Grandma Eunice's house maid to clean up after her. Anna can't tell who is the worst manipulator Lauren or Eunice. At times Lauren seems content when she is at the Inn but this does not last long. In no time at all she gets bored and takes off to Grandma's again.
Anna kept quoting an old saying, "You have to let them paddle their own canoe."
I can see that we can't paddle the boat for them forever.
This book touched me in a lot of ways since I raised several daughters myself. Each one totally different from their sisters. But to say the least it was challenging and they did know how to manipulate. They are grown women now and paddle their own canoes. Thank goodness!
There is so much more I would like to say about this book but I am afraid of saying too much and spoiling the book for you. You really should read this series.
I highly recommend this book.
I gladly rated this book a 5 out of 5.
I received a free copy of this book from Glass Road PR/Melody Carlson/Abingdon Press for review.
I was in no was compensated for this review it is my own opinion.