07 February 2012

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan



The Mill River Recluse
by Darcie Chan
(Kindle Edition, Mystery)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary. Newcomers to Mill River--a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher--are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps--one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

The Mill River Recluse is a story of triumph over tragedy, one that reminds us of the value of friendship and the ability of love to come from the most unexpected of places.

My thoughts:  This book was a pleasant surprise, the author was able to weave the story together in such a way that you will fall in love with the woman in the marble mansion.  The story centers around a wonderful friendship between Mary and the town priest, while introducing you to the folks of Mill River.  It is a touching story that will leave you with a feel good attitude and with memorable characters that will have you thinking about them long after you read the end, it's well worth reading.

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