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The Singing River

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  333 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
In Mississippi, there's a legend about a Singing River, a tragic love story that ended with an entire Indian tribe singing a death chant as they marched stoically into the Pascagoula River to die ...

At eighteen, Haven Ambrose isn't just a high school graduate. In her head, she's an aspiring writer, a traveler, a chef, a slayer of injustice, an astronomer, an archaeologist,
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published August 4th 2013 (first published August 2nd 2013)
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I can't tell you the story. It's just too sad. Too heartbreaking. But, what I can tell you is what a beautiful beautiful story it is! Haven has got to be one of the best heroines ever! Sensitive but yet strong. So so brave and confident. And, River, well what can I say? He's just perfect! Great looking and smart! Knows just what to say. Supportive and protective. And, then there's Roman. So lost and trying to find his way. My heart broke for him. I was so freakin' sad for him. And, near the end, ...more
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All right so I am going to start here. I was already a huge fan of R.K.Ryals. That being said.. Holy smokes. I loved this book!

It was new- fresh- touching-emotional and over all touched my heart!
Sometimes in life we need more. We want more. We desire more. Does this make us a bad person? Do we have to live in the mold that has been carved out for us, or can we challenge the mold? Make our own mold and start a new path.

"All I could see was the look in his eyes, the one that screamed words he p
Sara Bree High
All right so I am going to start here. I was already a huge fan of R.K.Ryals. That being said.. Holy smokes. I loved this book!

It was new- fresh- touching-emotional and over all touched my heart!
Sometimes in life we need more. We want more. We desire more. Does this make us a bad person? Do we have to live in the mold that has been carved out for us, or can we challenge the mold? Make our own mold and start a new path.

"All I could see was the look in his eyes, the one that screamed words he p
Oct 19, 2013 Saunders rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tear-jerker
read this - wonderful heart wrenching love story.
Jul 25, 2013 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Let me first start off by saying R.K. Ryals is probably one of if not my all time favorite author (aside from my childhood love of Judy Blume of course). R.K. Ryals is beyond talented, her writing is always amazing. Once I book up one of her books I CANNOT put it down which is what happened last night... It was 1 in the morning before I got to sleep all thanks to The Singing River. I said to myself I would just start it read a few pages... That did not happen! Not f
Nanette Bradford
Jul 30, 2013 Nanette Bradford rated it it was amazing
Today I read a book that touched my heart. This was about strength, heartache, and freedom.

Are we to be the person that others expect us to be even if we lose who we truly are in return? Are we allowed to go after what our heart feels is right even if others look down on us? These are things I imagine River thinking. He has always lived his life by the rules. Doing everything that was expected of him as a "Brayden" but is it enough? Does River have the strength to go for what he wants, his drea
Jul 01, 2013 Jessy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Unbelievable! Author R.K. Ryals is genius! Oh my goodness I loved this story!
Where expectations and responsibilities are all we have had and it's shaped you into who you are, but leaves you with a hope of needing something more...then there's nothing left to do but leap for faith and reach for something better!
That's what this story brings. Two people from two different worlds. Both fractured with past circumstances. But both holding on to something that is at the brim for release to complet
Heather andrews
Jul 29, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so much, and since the beginning of the book I was so gunning for Haven and River to get their issues worked out and be together. Haven she's just so pure there was literally nothing, flaws or otherwise wrong with her, she just had this perspective on life and you couldn't help but fall in love with her. River he's trying to do what's right by his family's name and not really in it for himself, that is until Haven comes along and challenges him, and makes him see things in a di ...more
Ashley Ubinger
Jul 08, 2013 Ashley Ubinger rated it it was amazing
Utterly amazing story! Well done AGAIN R.K!

This is a love story, a story of learning oneself, a story of love and decication and so much more!

You start off meeting Haven an amazingly strong willed young woman, born into poverty but learning from a wonderful mother how to accept the cards you are dealt and be strong. Haven works as a waitress to make ends meet for her and her mom while also taking care of a neighbor who turns to be her best friend!

River a young man from old money doing what his
Christina Silcox
Jun 28, 2013 Christina Silcox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
The Singing River is aptly titled, not just because of the legend in the book, but because the book itself has its own song. It flows, almost melodically from the pages as you read. The Singing River is an emotional and heart wrenching look into the lives of two very different people, each broken in their own way. R.K. Ryals manages to convey the deepest feelings through her words. The reality of those feelings, strikes you at your core. Each time I read one of her books, I don't think I can be ...more
Wow. I was pleasantly surprised at the writing. So poetic, inspiring, and passionate. I love this author's style, the story, and especially the characters. The heroine is one of the best. An old soul with anguish and determination. She's a role model. The development of her romance with River is beautiful. They have deep connections that have definitely turned into love and triumphed their differences.
I really loved this book. And I can't wait for the Roman's story.
Ginny  Gallagher
Aug 14, 2015 Ginny Gallagher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast Read -Well Written - Full of Emotion

Grab the tissues before you start "The Singing River" by R.K. Ryals.

I enjoyed the story, the characters, and found myself lost within the moments of several emotional scenes.

Book works well as a stand alone but I'm looking forward to reading book 2 and spending more time with the great characters of R.K. Ryals "Legend Series".
Aug 27, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, when you finish a book I find myself having to just take some time to absorb it all, this was one of those books. This book had so much in it, love, loss, strength, perseverance, class differences, addiction, struggle and hardship and as much as it is gut-wrenching at times I also found myself almost with a sense of calm after I'd finished, as if things certain things had been put to rights, whether that is actually the case or not though, remains to be seen. I found this to be a real ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing

Responsibility is a Bitch...The South is still stuck on old money, blue blood, and the wrong side of the tracks. The wealth groups and classes don't mix, it's always been that way, especially for the Brayden's. With their father murdered a year ago, River went off to Harvard and Roman lives with their stepmother Marissa. Roman's life is in shambles. He's flunking school, on drugs, and gotten a girl pregnant. It's time that River confronts not only his demons, but the ones haunting his brother.
Sep 01, 2013 Ann-marie rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of RK Ryals; her books never disappoint. I’ve had this book on my Kindle for some time now, and I do not know what took me so long to read it, but I am glad I finally did. I usually read Paranormal books, and this was a nice change of pace. I especially like how each chapter you see it from a different characters point of view. IE: one chapter will be Haven, the next will be River.

Haven Ambrose is a young woman living in a run-down trailer with her mom; working in the local dine
My review for: The Singing River by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give it more I would!)
Shanna Roberson

First let me say that it is no secret that I adore this writer. I can say without a doubt that she is my all-time favorite author, out of both big press and indie. Her ability to capture your full attention with her uniqueness and never let go is a rarity in such a growing genre. With that said, The Singing River is her best work yet! It’s haunting, brutally honest and beaut
Jun 29, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I'm having a book hangover with this one. You know how you walk around in a daze sometimes after reading a really great book? Yeah, I'm there. I should probably say something poetic about the story line and how it felt like a river, but at this point I'd probably drown in the metaphor. The Singing River was beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful. So much so that I'm planning on starting it over again in a few days. I'll refresh my review then, but for now, here's a brief overview...

Haven Ambr
Jun 28, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It wasn't a full length novel, yet longer than a typical novella, but it was very well written; aside from a missed word or two. Being based in a small town, it read laid back and some may say kind of slow, but I loved the slow build up of the story and at the end, all of the questions I had were revealed with the potential for another book too. Although Haven liked simple things, she didn't come across as a small town girl. She didn't come from wealth, but her mother loved he ...more
Tiffany Riach
Jul 27, 2013 Tiffany Riach rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It is not very often that I read a book that is out of the paranormal genre, but when the author asked me to review her book I am so glad I said yes. This book touched my heart and I could not put it down. It is such an emotional story of love, loss and strength.

I loved all of the characters in this book and reading everything they had each been through. Haven Ambrose is by far one of my favorite characters I have ever read about. She is such a strong and amazing girl, work
Aug 21, 2013 Tasneem rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was simply amazing! Very well written. It made me really feel for the characters, the issues they had to live through and the strength they had to solve their problems.
Haven was a very moral character. I loved her strength and will to fight. She wasnt perfect, she had her share of troubles and she was willing to make the most out of her life wih her own strength.
She was one of those characters you looked upto and touched your heart.
River was a very valuable character. Both him
Alicia Michaels
Aug 29, 2013 Alicia Michaels rated it it was amazing
This is R.K. Ryals' first contemporary (non-paranormal) work, and while it is unlike her other books, it is IMHO her absolute best. There are some authors that NEED the paranormal or the fantasy to make them good writers. Strip that away and you've got a bland story. Not so with Ms Ryals, who relies on deep emotions, likeable characters, and strong prose that reads like poetry. This story felt particularly personal to me, in a way that took the story to another level.

I loved everything about th
I'm giving this book an average grade.
I really like the main idea, and the story has potential, but I felt like something was missing here.
I had a feeling like everything happens in five days, everything is so rushed, the characters could have been more developed, the romance lacked chemistry..

I've read some really nice reviews, so I've expected some nice writing, just more depth in general.
The whole book could have been given more attention and detail.
But overall, a cute story.
Oct 20, 2013 Shazza66 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
A few tears of sadness however beautiful story.
Paula (Poll) Conway
Oct 20, 2013 Paula (Poll) Conway rated it really liked it
A moving gentle love story that keeps you hoping for the HEA , 4.5 stars for me .
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I hands down fell in love with “The Singing River” from the very first chapter. The flow of the authors writing just has a way of grabbing you into the story and not letting go. The characters, and the development of their roles in the book are amazing. You will feel the emotions from the characters as if they were your own. If you get a chance to read this book, you will feel sadness, loss, hope, and happiness. I laughed and cried while reading this book, so prepare yourself for a very touching ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Gracie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We learn a lot from life, but sometimes we forget there is just as much to learn from death.
Aug 20, 2016 DU418 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came away from this book with a positive impression, but unsure if I could say I "liked" it due to the handful of negatives that bothered me.

The best part of it, truthfully, was how the author set the scene. It had all the feel of the south. I could see the fork in the road, Mr. Nelson's trailer, Haven and her mother's. I understood the difference between decadence and poverty and in some part, identified with both. I felt the pull of the mystery of the river. Really excellent job of descripti
 Lady Krishna
Aug 08, 2013 Lady Krishna rated it it was amazing
This book review was originally posted at my blog Journey with Books

If you're not a new reader at Journey with Books, you'd know how much I loved R.K. Ryals' past books. The Singing River did not disappoint me. It was the perfect read for a girl like me who liked being touched deeply to the soul by a book she reads.

The Singing River started out slow but it picks up and gets the reader's attention after the introduction of the characters.

The plot is vague at first as you can read at the book blu
Jun 30, 2013 Merisha28 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
The Singing River by RK Ryals
Print Length: 277 pages

I received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!

My Review~
WOW What a great emotional READ! I absolutely adored and loved this book! There is always hope if you are broken and need escape. That is what the book is about. How three unlikely individuals come to connect and help each other in their time of need and when they are at rock bottom in life. Two different classes of people who help fix the other and find a
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
This book flowed like a river. It had moments of soothing calm, churning rapids and still pools as it mimicked the characters' lives. R.K. Ryals paints a beautiful picture. She has a way of connecting you to her characters. You almost feel the sweat on your brow from the hot Mississippi sun. You are tethered to the pain and sorrow felt by the Brayden's as well as the Haven's love for her mother.

This story is so much more than just falling for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Haven is a
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more
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