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From the outside, Mill River looks like any sleepy little Vermont town where everyone knows everyone and people never need to lock their doors. There are newcomers for whom this appeals, from police officer Kyle Hansen and his daughter Rowen, who are starting over after heartache, to Claudia Simon, the schoolteacher who is determined to reinvent herself.
But on closer inspection, there are those in Mill River - including a stealthy arsonist, a covetous nurse, and a pilfering priest - who have things they wish to hide. None more than the widow Mary McAllister, who for the past 60 years has secluded herself in her marble mansion overlooking the town. Most of the residents have never even seen the peculiar woman. Only the priest, Father O’Brien, knows the deep secrets that keep Mary isolated - and that, once revealed, will forever change the community.
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By E on 06-23-14
Lovely story with great narration
Would you listen to The Mill River Recluse again? Why?
Yes. It is a lovely, sweet story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mill River Recluse?
There were several scenes between Mary and Father O'Brian, especially during Mary's illness that are extremely touching.
Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?
Claudia is my favorite character, even though she isn't the main character. Ms. Rubinate really captures Claudia.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Father O'Brian realizes that Mary is not going to be around much longer.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Les Raymond on 11-07-15
Good story. Bad language.
The story did keep my interest until the end, which is why I finished the book. However, it was a struggle to listen to the profane and bad language all the way through the book. It was not just the bad characters who used it but pretty much everyone, which detracted from the story. Having said that, there were many positive things about the storyline; focusing on giving and acceptance. I would rather that the author not have created the impression that crawling under the sheets with someone you just met is ok as long as you are a giving loving accepting person.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful