This is a beautiful, evocative tale where the character depth is just as rich and vibrant as the scenery. It is epic in scope, breathtaking and heartbreaking. It is a truly memorable tale by a gifted writer. A story that resonates of truth and the power we all hold within.
Snowflakes fall in winter, melt in the spring and make rivers that give and take. The river is life and life is like a river.
Brilliant. Poignant. Return to Madison River is a story of the river and of life. Cooper delves into the issues of what makes life valuable, what drives us and the part that love and memory play in our lives. This book is about what it is to be human, to be in love and to care for another after that love has waned.
We join Rowan Sojourner on his adventure through life. We feel his love, his heartache and the tug of fish on his line. He is a heartbreaker with a broken heart who finds the love of his life only to lose her. When their paths finally meet again, she is stricken by illness and Rowan discovers what love really is.
Cooper has crawled inside the head of a disabled woman and made her thoughts come alive. A boon to all disabled people. A clarion call that disability demands sensitivity and love, that there is intelligence there and that the person is still within despite their disabilities.
The good, the bad, the happy and sad, this work welds the layers of health and the weighty issue of mortality together gracefully with a striking statement on life. We are more than our frail bodies, it is the spirit that remains as we continue on with this ride that is life and death. Readers will be hooked like a trout on Rowan's fly rod.