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Where the River Ends

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,111 Ratings  ·  564 Reviews
A powerfully emotional and beautifully written story of heartbreaking loss and undying love

He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina’s most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they’d found their true soul mate.

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Published July 15th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published 2008)
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Aug 25, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to Kimberly by: Emily
I have read a number of touching and beautiful love stories, but "Where The River Ends" is in a class all of its own. A friend of mine had recommended I try one of Charles Martin's books after finding out how much I love Nicholas Sparks. His style was similar but also distinct. I found myself marking page after page of quotes I didn't want to forget - but in reality, I'd quote the entire book here because the whole thing was so deeply moving. I found myself wiping tears away long after I turned ...more
Jennifer Fromke
Sep 07, 2012 Jennifer Fromke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished the last page of this book, I closed my eyes and felt . . . complete. It’s not that he tied every tiny item up too perfectly, it’s just that my experience of the story was everything I needed as a reader. There is a wholeness at the end of the story. When you read about all the brokenness throughout, you feel it, and you’re filled with the longing and hope and struggles of the characters. So when Mr. Martin ends the story, he somehow managed to achieve wholeness in the midst of t ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Autumn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I just. Couldn't. Do it. I tried to read this book, but I couldn't. From the very cover, with its silly “Warning: This book will break your heart.” I doubted this book. The prose was overly conversational, with phrases like, “See that. That’s what I love about her.”

I don’t like this kind of writing. I don’t want someone ACTUALLY telling me a story, I want someone storytelling. The difference, for me, is simple. In one, I am consciously aware of the teller, and in the other the words disappear a
Manuela Santos
Jul 28, 2015 Manuela Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido
“Os tratamentos são o pior. Eles retalham-nos até ao nosso âmago, despojam-nos de tudo e deixam-nos com memórias fugazes. Abbie tentara durante muito tempo agarrar-se à vida mas, tal como a água, ela escapara-se por entre os dedos.”

Uma linda história de amor comovente, emotiva, dramática, delicada e trágica que nos toca o coração e ninguém consegue ficar indiferente a esta narrativa.
O autor é possuidor de uma escrita directa, clara, simples, prática, realista, pontuada e envolvente.
A leitura é p
Jul 28, 2015 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"Do I wonder why God is silent? Can I explain the existence of suffering and evil? Do I sometimes despair at this world? You damn right.... Nevertheless, I believe."

Normally, a book that takes me quite this long to finish can surely expect a low rating. This book is an exception to my rule, my norm. The 'breathers' I took while reading this book, in retrospect, were necessary. Had I rushed to see the ending, I doubt I'd be able to appreciate it as much as I appreciate it now.

My zero knowled
Aug 02, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful story, written by Charles Martin is about love, commitment, sacrifice and what it really means to be totally responsible for another human being. Doss Michaels (a painter who gives new meaning to the term 'starving artist') meets Abigail Grace Coleman, the daughter of a senator from South Carolina when he literally saves her life when she is attacked and nearly raped. Their love story is just about perfect.... until the day Abbie is diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast can ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

En serio, genial. Este libro me ha encantado absolutamente. Te atrapa desde la primera página, debes saber cómo es la historia pasada y como continúa la presente. Excelente forma de juntarlas, por cierto. No es un romance barato, por favor; es mucho más que eso. Creo que puedo decir que es una historia acerca de la belleza: la belleza del amor, del arte, de la naturaleza y del alma. Lo he leído con pausa, así para disfrutar cada detalle, y ha valido la pena.

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Judy Collins
Jul 27, 2012 Judy Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great author and storyteller - I have read all his books and one of my favorite authors! "Charles makes the characters come alive! Awesome! "
Nov 02, 2009 Andre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom handed this book and said "Read this it's good." Meh I thought. Then I looked at the frount cover "Warning this book will break your heart." Then I thought nope I am not reading this. Well because the other book I am reading currently is not a pull you in type a book I though ok I will give it a shot. I enjoyed it and read it quickly.
The writing was not the most poetic or thought provoking. Yet in a simple way it was. This story was told from a man's point of view which was interesting us
Tina Hunt
Aug 08, 2013 Tina Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story. I was sucked in when I read the prologue!

But the more I read the madder I got with Mr. Martin. At one point I even put the Nook down and declared to the empty house around me that I was done, that I was not going to read any more. Why? Because I was tired of the back and forth from the back story to the journey down the river.

Then I did something I rarely do: I quit reading the back story. I just skipped right over it and jumped back into the next section of story dealing wit
Aug 28, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Charles Martin writes stories about broken men, searching for redemption and healing and the people who love them.

In his sixth novel, "Where the River Ends," we meet Doss Michael, an artist who outpunted his coverage when he met, courted and married the daughter of a powerful South Carolina senator, Abby Coleman. The story is told in alternating chapters, examing their courtship, marriage and life together and their final journey together down the St. Mary's River. Ten years into the marriage,
Sep 30, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Three stars is probably a wee bit generous for this book. It pains me to say that because Charles Martin is a must read author for everyone. I am a huge fan. I like how he writes. He can pack such a punch with words. I am usually completely drawn into his stories. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that at all in this book. This was just a bit too flowery for me and predictable.

I will say that it is a sweet story and it has a neat little red bow at the end.
Dec 07, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is a beautifully written love story. It took me a little bit to get into it since it's very narrative and light on dialogue. I listened to the audio book and I absolutely loved the way Mark Deakins read the story about Doss and Abbie. I do have to say, as a breast cancer survivor, it was a little bit of a shock by the time I was on Disc 7 of 10 to find out what kind of cancer Abbie was dying from. Her treatment flashbacks were a little hard for me to hear as they brought back memories. But ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Jesse Braswell
Shelves: southern-fiction
Earlier today I finished reading Where the River Ends. Wow, Abbie and Doss uniquely lived out her bucket list. (Thanks, Jesse, for recommending another terrific piece of southern literature.) Charles Martin is definitely on my list for future reads. I'm not sure I could ever be so valiant as Doss protecting Abbie or as Abbie making the most of her remaining days while also providing support for Doss in his future. All of the characters and river descriptions will stay with me. I'd love to kayak ...more
Elizabeth Sulzby
This book moved me to tears and smiles. The author creates a believable "soul mates" kind of love between two people from very different backgrounds. Mr. Martin is one of the rare male authors who are convincing in depiction of women. The tragic end of the story, the wife's death from stage 4 cancer, is clearly foreseen but the way the husband and wife deal with it is constantly surprising. The book is very well written and I could have speeded through it, but I found myself lingering over the e ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most heartfelt books I have ever read. Charles Martin does a wonderful job bringing the characters struggle with life to the forefront. To move through this journey with Doss and Abbie is something that you will take with you. I was moved to tears. I HIGHLY recommend "Where the River Ends".
Mar 09, 2014 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
The love story was so touching. True love. The details of the River at times, had me skimming for more of the relationship between Doss & Abbie. I will definitely read more from this author!
Aug 15, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'll take the bad because that means I will have lived to know the good." p149

"Perception is not reality"

"The hurt reminded me of what was, and is, beautiful. Of what I'd known, and lost. Of love given. And taken away. The more it hurt, the deeper the ache, the sweeter the memory. So while I mind the hurt, I live with it."

I enjoyed this book. I was touched by the story line and the power of love. But must admit I skipped the last few chapters to get to the end and do not feel like I'm lacking a
Ruth Ann
Nov 11, 2013 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story develops between unlikely lovers -- a "starving artist" and the daughter of a US Senator. Married 15 years and she's dying of cancer and has a bucket list, which the two try to complete before her demise. It would have been helpful to have a map of the river trip (I'm a visual learner). In some respects, their river journey seemed so unlikely -- possessions burned by raiders in a bond fire, meeting a defrocked Priest along the way, her ability to rally just as they were meeting impos ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

People come to this river for lots of reasons. Some of us are hiding, some of us are escaping, some of us are looking for a little peace and quiet, maybe trying to forget, anything to ease the pain we carry, but… we all come thirsty. You’re a lot like this river. In your fingertips, you got what people need. So don’t hold back. Don’t dam it up. And don’t muddy it. Let it flow out, and one day you’ll find that people from all over will dive in and drink deeply.

This river’s taught me a go
Desiree Kissinger
Mar 13, 2015 Desiree Kissinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have read this book so many times. I have highlighted my favorite passages, dog-eared pages, and creased the binding with how many times I have read this book. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite books. It sits lovingly on my bookshelf, never to be lent out, and will be read again one day when I drink a cup of tea on a summer evening.

Charles Martin has a poetic way with words. He often has these mind-blowing paragraphs that truly hit home with his reader. The story itself is so well d
Doss Michaels was a fishing guide and struggling artist raised in a Georgia trailer park. Abigail Grace Coleman was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. They meet, fall in love and get married, even though Abbie's father strongly disapproves. Ten years into the marriage, Abbie is diagnosed with cancer. They try everything to fight this death sentence, but in the end, nothing works. She makes a list of ten things she wants to experience before she dies, and she and ...more
B Ware
Jul 22, 2014 B Ware rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7/22/14. Maybe my second fav of CM, next to the snow mountain one. Really bittersweet and a young country boy from GA gives the love of his life who is dying of cancer, one of her last wishes, she has 10 on her list, and accomplished all hill on a long trip down a river between GA and FL to the ocean. She is a controlling senators daughter, he's an artist. Father hates him and is chasing him down thru their trip. This is really descriptive about how much they are in love over 15 years, but battl ...more
Charlotte Bright
Heart Wrenching but Beautiful

Being an avid reader has been my story since I first started reading some sixty eight years ago.

This is the most moving, exquisitely beautiful love story I have ever read.
The passion and the unending respect and love Doss and Abbie share is more intense and heart wrenching than any of the classics I've ever had the privilege to read.

Amazing and descriptive, it made me feel like I was on the river with Diss and Annie.
I'm excited to start reading my next Charles
Jul 26, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving, beautiful love story. It is well written and I loved the author's insights and observations about people, nature and world of art. Life's sadness and tragedy is skillfully balanced with its joys, if one is inclined to see them.
Cindy Work
He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south Georgia trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. Yet when Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they'd found their true soul mate.
10 years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of ten things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss
Sep 05, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorei!Gostei tanto mas tanto! Os últimos capítulos foram lidos entre lágrimas, mas é uma linda história de amor e coragem! Fiquei fã do autor.
Aug 02, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed many books by this author as his writing is so descriptive that I actually can feel the places he is writing about.
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“The river never changes. it may alter it's path a bit, but it never changes. It's us who change. We come back here and we're are different. Not it."

Form can't be extracted from the essence like some broth reduction."

This river's taught me a good bit. Probably why I don't leave here. It winds, weaves, snakes around. Rarely goes the same twice. But, in the end, it always ends up in the same place and the gift is never the same." ..."it's the journey that matters.”
“I sat in that room and realized that you can cut off a finger, cut off a hand, even cut off a leg, but if you take a woman's breast, you are cutting more than just a body part.” 3 likes
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