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Where the River Ends

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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,326 ratings  ·  495 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.

Ten years i
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Published July 15th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published 2008)
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Kimberly
Aug 25, 2008 Kimberly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
S
"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 knowledg
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Darlene
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
Autumn
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
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Andre
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Amy
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
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Tina Hunt
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
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Michael
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,
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Marla
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
Angie
Sep 08, 2012 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Carole
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!
Kim
"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
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Ruth Ann
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
Joyce
Where the River Ends by Charles Martin is a powerful novel telling the story of Dos Michaels and his wife Abbie as they make a trip by canoe down the St. Mary's River from just outside the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia all the way to where it ends in the Atlantic Ocean. Dos had promised this trip to Abbie on their honeymoon and she begs him to do it when they finally reach the point of nothing more to try after a 4 year fight with cancer. The novel has a dual narrative. One story is their trip dow ...more
Glenda
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
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
Elena Knipe
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.
Sara
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.
Maureen
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.
Paulla
This was my first book by this author but I think I may have found a new favorite author. I LOVED this book!!!
MK
It has been a long while since I have wept aloud while reading a book, but this book literally broke my heart. Where the River Ends is the distressing story of Doss & Abbie Michaels and their marriage of 15 years. Abbie is a senator's daughter and Doss is the son of a trailer trash mother. Though they hail from completly different worlds, never have two people belonged together more than this modern day Romeo and Juliette. This is a beautifully crafted tragedy of a love that is tested and p ...more
C.E. Hart
“The Bucket List” meets “The Notebook”

I couldn’t put this book down. This is the sweetest story of never-ending, to the core, selfless, dedicated love. There isn’t a woman who wouldn’t want a Doss Michaels in their life.

Doss, a struggling artist who grew up in a trailer park, meets, falls in love with, and marries the senator’s daughter – Abbie Coleman. Though he knows his father-in-law does not like him and disapproves of their marriage, he doesn’t let that deter him from giving Abbie his full
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Bonnie
I liked the first part of the book much more than the last. The setting is south Georgia where Doss lives in a trailer park with his mother and works part-time as a fishing guide. His mother loved the river that ran along their trailer and instilled this love in her son who has a talent for painting. Fate steps in when one night Doss rescues a girl being beaten and finds later that she is the daughter of South Carolina's powerful senator. They marry against her father's wishes and live happily u ...more
Robby
I have had this book for a long time, and something about it kept pushing me away. It wasn't the cover, because the cover is beautiful, a man and a woman and the ocean. It wasn't the title, which ended up meaning so much more than I expected. This book, in general, was much better than I expected.
I think it was the first sentence on the inside cover of my ARC, which began with IN THE BLOCKBUSTER TRADITION OF NICHOLAS SPARKS, and continued in that same direction. I have never read a Nicholas Spar
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Jerry
Mar 21, 2012 Jerry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Where the River Ends' cover warns you, "This book will break your heart." It did, in a way...but not the way Charles Martin or his editors/publishers intended. I've read Mr. Martin's writings before, and, in my opinion, they were well-written, emotionally charged dramas about people overcoming tragic circumstances. However, all those were published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher; Where the River Ends was not, and its content makes me wonder whether Mr. Martin is truly a Christian, or ju ...more
Filipa
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Abigail Galeman, Abbie para todos menos para o seu pai, é filha de um senador. Rica e protegida, sempre viveu a vida de uma maneira apaixonada. É determinada e nunca deixou que o seu pai conservador ditasse a maneira como ela deveria viver a sua vida. Quando se apaixonou por Doss Michaels, um estudante de arte com poucas posses, casou com ele sem a bênção do seu muito poderoso pai.
Quando o cancro lhe foi diagnosticado, Doss manteve-se sempre ao seu lado e acompanhou a m
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Therese
Dec 28, 2008 Therese rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Therese by: Cathy (Partners in Crime)
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Sandie
Water can be a metaphor. In many religions and religious ceremonies water is utilized to symbolize the power of cleansing and/or the life sustaining properties for those who drink from its well. A river can depict a smooth and placid picture or conversely can illustrate a trajectory of tumult and uncertainty. So it is with WHERE THE RIVER ENDS, a story that depicts what happens to a couple from diverse backgrounds when the undertow and turbulence of life coupled with an unforeseen act of fate al ...more
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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.”
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“The problem with a wish list was what it told you about the person who wrote it. If it's honest, it's a rock-bottom, barebones, clear shot all the way to someone's soul.
Hats can do the same thing.”
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