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Time Is a River

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,930 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
With a strong, warm voice that brings the South to life, "New York Times" bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured stories that intimately portray the complex and emotional relationships we share with families, friends, and the natural world. "Every book that Mary Alice Monroe has written has felt like a homecoming to me," writes Pat Conroy, bestselling ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Pocket (first published May 1st 2008)
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Jun 27, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
This book is a July 2008 Indy Pick (aka BookSense)

This is a soothing and rare treasure of a book. Monroe has really outdone herself this time with the story of breast cancer survivor Mia Landan. After a year of surgeries, radical chemo and radiation, Mia is a ghost of who she once was--a socially polished public relations guru married to an equally driven and sophisticated lawyer. Mia's sister sends her on a 3 day weekend with Casting For Recovery (a real and very amazing group, by the way), a g
Aug 12, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Recovering from breast cancer and stil reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan seeks refuge in a friend's long-empty cabin near Ashville, North Carolina. As Mia cleans, she finds the journal of 1920s renown fly-fisherwoman Kate Watkins, her friend's grandmother. Mia learns of Kate's affair with a married man, and that according to local lore Kate has long been the prime suspect in his murder.
As Mia reads more of the journal, she becomes convinced that Kate is innocent. As she works to
Feb 17, 2010 Peggy rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. It spoke to me in ways no other book has. It is the story of a breast cancer survivor who makes a life for herself after her recovery, which is complicated by a divorce when her husband decides he no longer wants a relationship with her after the loss of her breast.

Mia landan is much more strong than she thinks she is. I really identified with her character because I had breast cancer 4 years ago. Mia and I both found out who our real friends were. True friends stick arou
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Apr 20, 2009 Tammy Gillmore rated it it was amazing

This is a novel I purchased one Friday evening during one of my stops at the local Wal-Mart to purchase what I am sure was a buggy-full-of-can't-live-without-items and when I was also in need of an escape from the land of education...then I proceeded to not read it for several weeks due to not being able to escape Educity.

Now back to the novel...Time Is a River.

This journey, written by Mary Alice Monroe, appealed to me because the main character is a breast cancer sur
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Feb 27, 2013 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
It has been some time since I've read a book as beautifully written as this one. The story is engaging, the words tumble effortlessly just as the river Mia fishes in tumbles down the mountain. The setting is lovely, the cabin is dreamy. The author makes mountain life even more enticing than I already feel it is. The friendships Mia builds are wonderful, her healing and growth are refreshing and Stuart is the quintissential romantic Scotsman. I didn't want this story to end, and it's been even lo ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angie by: Jesse Braswell
Shelves: southern-fiction
I could not stop reading until I finished this wonderful novel. The language, flow, mood, and themes speak to me. As I was reading I suddenly remembered and embraced another book by another author that equally drew me in. In the 1970's I read Norman Maclean's A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, long before it was made into a movie. At the time I read Maclean's story I was deeply touched as it reminded me of how closely tied my life has always been to flowing bodies of water. To anyone who enjoys reading so ...more
May 20, 2014 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio-book
Interesting, sweet, timeless read. Two different time periods are interspersed which does stimulate interest in the story. I particularly found the book worthwhile because one of the main characters stays in a river cabin that is filled with antiques, books, and a bit of a mystery. There is also a little romance thrown in but not too much so it gets all syrupy gushie.

The subject of fly fishing is the common theme. I have never even tried this sport nor do I want to; however, the subject was int
Sep 15, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This is not just the story of a breast cancer survivors battle with overcoming the fear of cancer. It is a lesson in living life to the fullest. The novel compares the river and fly-fishing the river, to the ups and downs in life. She learns to be thankful for the miracles!
Feb 16, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Recovering from breast cancer and still reeling from the revelation of her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home for the healing serenity of the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson.

Belle has recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew - a legendary fly fisher and journalist from the 1920s. Kate Watkins may have once been spoken of with great
May 09, 2009 Phyllis rated it really liked it
This is soothing novel about healing and moving past survival to abundant living. It makes me want to head to the nearest river and learn to fly fish. The main character is a woman who is forced to find herself again after a bout with breast cancer. the story springboards from an organization called "casting for recovery" which teaches breast cancer patients and survivors how to fly fish as a therapeutic tool.

It is a sweet story, a satisfying read. Here is one excerpt spoke to me:

"Standing in
Aug 11, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
Key quotes:

"I write these words down because I do not want them to come back into my heart. By writing these words down I must face the feelings. It is strange how I feel a shiver of the feeling when I say the word aloud. I shall read the words over and over until that feeling is gone. These are the feelings of the lost. I am not lost." p. 83

"Rivers and streams can have dangerously swift currents. Remain alert and cautious when stepping foot into any moving water. Once in the water, stand with y
Jun 29, 2009 Jayci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Is sparked that reading fire in me again. It has been some time since I have felt that pull to spend hours curled up with a story. I'm greatful that it is back.
Mia is a survivor. A breast-cancer survivor and a woman surviving the betrayals of a cheating husband. To cope with the sudden changes in her life, Mia runs for refuge to a cabin hidden in the North Carolina mountains. Armed with nothing but determination and a fly-fishing rod, Mia will learn what hope really me
Sep 18, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
Here's an easy read with a clear meaning. There's romance, mystery, betrayal, renewal. The lure of fly fishing has eluded me even though my husband is an avid fly fisherman. This book explores the human connection to the river and nature.

It's easy to admire Kate Watkins, a fictional fishing guide, who gained fame in the 1920's when fly fishing was a male dominated sport. I got drawn into the mystery surrounding her lover's disappearance - was the gossip that Kate had murdered him accurate? That
Nov 23, 2008 Alissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2008
wow. I love the satisfied, sated feeling I get after finishing a great book. This book gave me that feeling. It’s such a perfect blend of romance, intrigue and woman finding her self. That’s the kind of story I really like.

Mia flees to a remote cabin in the North Carolina mountains when her marriage fails. She’s recovering from breast cancer, learning how to fly-fish and discovering herself. And investigating the life of Kate Watkins, the woman who lived in the cabin, and according to town legen
Jun 09, 2009 Yolanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone,southern fiction lovers, fans of D.Benton Frank or Sue Monk Kidd
Shelves: read-in-2009
I loved this book. It is a beatifully written novel that is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story of a woman who has been at her lowest in life and finds her way back again and rediscovers herself and her true beauty through the metaphor of fly fishing.
It is set in the beautiful moutains of North Carolina which is one of the prettiest places on earth to me and Mrs. Monroe describes it with honesty and love.
It combines a love of all things good about the south the hospitality, the abil
Mar 09, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I must admit as much as I love this author and how she writes, I wasn't looking forward to the sad topic such as breast cancer. Amazingly, I was enraptured with this book. Ms. Monroe has a wonderful ability to weave wonderful stories with the greatest details that literally draw you into the story so you don't want to put it down. Yes, breast cancer was a major item, but it takes a back seat to how Mia grows from it's low depth into a self assured woman. I absolutely love the fascinating art of ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Darla rated it really liked it
When my book club picked this, I was NOT excited at first. After reading it however, I loved it! This isn't just about a woman who survived breast cancer and finds hope in fly-fishing. It's a real like at what it's like to get hope and purpose back. Perhaps even finding yourself when it was buried in the life you lead. Let's face it, many of us don't reflect on who we are very often...and perhaps we should.
I also loved the "mystery" aspect of this book. Being a history buff myself, it was fun t
Apr 01, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This is a heartwarming novel about a woman named Mia who is recovering from breast cancer and her husband’s infidelity. She spends time in a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina to recuperate and rebuild her sense of self.
All of the characters are well-developed and endearing. The author has a wonderful writing style. There’s also a story within a story about a trail-blazing female fly-fisher in the 1920s. There is mystery and romance as well. I highly recommend it.
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Oct 21, 2015 Book Reader rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fly fisher's, outdoorsy folk, people facing life challenges
Recommended to Book by: A woman who's opinion in literature I trust
This is a story of survival not through escapism, but by casting head first into the rushing current of change and challenge. It is introspective and tactile. Mia confronts her demons not fist first, but through the channel of a fly rod and immersing herself in serene nature settings. She learns the value of independence and gains the strength to stand alone - valuable lessons for us all. I am an avid fly fisherman, have been for over twenty years, and have operated many fly fishing/tying semina ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Emily rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first 100 pages of this book but seemed to drag on... and there are many references to fly fishing...and you know fly fishing just didn't peek an interest in me! :) It is a mixture of a present day story intertwined with a past story that I just struggled keeping interest in.
Nancy C, Talley
Apr 18, 2014 Nancy C, Talley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another let down at the end

An easy read, but like all Monroe's books, a less than satisfying ending. Like the settings and backgrounds, but for once, I would like closure.
Dec 02, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
maybe my favorite of her books, so far
"My feelings have run the gamut from fury to hurt to finally just wanting to move on. That's the good thing about being at a place like this . . . I've had a lot of time to think about me. Not just about the divorce, but all that existential stuff, - my emotions, ambitions, beliefs. I've had the the rug pulled out from me in so many ways."

This book left me feeling a bit conflicted, with my emotions running the gauntlet: empathy, sorrow, joy, confusion, fury, and disappointment.

Mia's raw emotion
Feb 18, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Unlike many of mary Alice Monroe's novels, this takes place away from the coast of the Low Country. The setting is the mountains, near Asheville, North Carolina, and is about the lives of the women who inhabit one small cabin which was set aside for fly-fishing. The main character, Mia, was encouraged to go to the mountains and join a group of women recovering from breast cancer, and attempt to regain the equilibrium in her life. Her husband has left her, and she needs a new purpose for everythi ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a little paperback I picked up in a hospital gift shop while visiting a loved one. I was looking for a light read and while this lovely story is that, it is also deeply satisfying. The theme is recovery both of one's own self and what has been lost or misunderstood about the past. Mia Landan of Charleston is recovering from breast cancer treatment. Her sister surprises her with a week at Casting for Recovery in the North Carolina mountains. It is a chance for Mia to learn the art of fly ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Clare rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2008 Denise rated it it was ok
This is a novel about a breast cancer survivor who goes to a cabin in North Carolina mountains to regroup and deal with a divorce and what her future may hold. While at the old cabin, she discovers the history of the woman who lived there and finds new love and friendships.

I thought the first third of the book was very slow, but I am glad I finished it. It was a nice story but contained a little too much info about fly fishing and too much 'filler' about the river, etc.
Darlene Wilson
Oct 09, 2014 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it
Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson.

Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew -- the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. H
Apr 07, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I wasn't sure that I would like but agreed to read for my book club. I wasn't the least bit interested in Fly Fishing and the Breast Cancer Recovery didn't seem like a happy subject. The fact that a mystery would be uncovered finally convinced me! Do not miss this great read. Twists and turns kept me interested and yearning for me. I am sure to read another Mary Alice Monroe book!
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.

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