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The River Between (The River #1)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  209 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
The river brought a handsome stranger to her. Would the river also take him away?

From her Alabama mansion on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Lily watches the steamboats pass and dreams of falling in love with the perfect man, giving him her whole mind and spirit. But when the river gives her an irresistible steamboat captain, Lily is torn between him and her pledge
Paperback, 162 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Bell Bridge Books
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Bookventures Book Club
I am a sucker for anything historically based and i really loved the story that was told by the author. The description of the time period was really well done and i could see that the author did some research for the book. She used a lot of significant events in the period to help mesh the period with the mind set of the characters and the overall mood of the story. I also liked the romantic aspect of the story. I thought it was a true testament to love surpassing all barriers include the physi ...more
Mae McDonnell
The River Between must have ended up in my e-book collection as an Amazon giveaway. Written in 1986, it is the story of a wealthy daughter of the slave-holding South as she is pushed into marriage. Although the historical details of Eufala, AL are clearly the author's biggest interest, it was difficult to pass over the way the plates were described in detail, but the slaves that made Lily's world a possibility were never mentioned.

I enjoy reading Christian romance from time to time because the s
Rating: 3.5

The river brought a handsome stranger to her. Would the river also take him away? From her Alabama mansion on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Lily watches the steamboats pass and dreams of falling in love with the perfect man, giving him her whole mind and spirit. But when the river gives her an irresistible steamboat captain, Lily is torn between him and her pledge to marry the wealthy man her parents have chosen for her. Torn by her love for the mysterious captain, she struggl
Rosemary Cantrell
This was a free Kindle book - Christian romance. It was an easy read, enjoyable, but not of much substance. The characters are shallow, one-sided. The plot line is predictable. The historical background (Eufala, AL) not developed. It was also a bit too preachy for me. Good Christian literature shows the faith and struggles of the characters without having to explain it all in detail. It actually makes it hard to believe, as it appears the characters are not as deeply grounded in their faith as t ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Stacy rated it liked it
The River Between is a Christian fiction historical romance story. Lily is 18 and the only daughter in a well off southern family. Her parents have determined for her to marry a distant cousin. However, between a chance meeting with a steamboat captain and the lack of sparks between Lily and her intended, she refuses to marry as her parents wished. This is the main conflict in the story.

The plot is rather tried and true, and I would have liked it more had it not run such a predictable course. Th
Virginia Campbell
"The River Between", by Jacquelyn Cook, is a well-written, richly-detailed historical romance. The "river" not only refers to a body of water, but also to matters of class and social standing. It's scope as well encompasses faith and personal religious convictions. Lily Seymour is a well-to-do young woman who remains unmarried at the age of eighteen. Her parents are eager to see her well-settled, which will raise even further the level of social acceptance her family maintains. When the family s ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Mario rated it it was ok
Shelves: early-reviewers
Girl meets boy. Girl falls for boy. Girl gets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl struggles to get boy back. Girl gets boy and lives happily ever after.[return][return]This is the structure The River Between follows, but it doesn't do anything with it. The moment Lily sees Harrison and reveals her love for him to Emma, you know where the story is going, but the author does nothing to make that journey entertaining. When Lily's mother pairs her up with Green, you'd think there'd be more conflict, but Lily ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Kingzkid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for Librarything early reviewers.

If a book could be described as quaint, this will fall within that category.

It tells the story of Lily and her struggle against tradition and family dictates to marry the guy she loved.

For some, not being able to marry a person of your choice may seem a foreign concept but this is still very much a common occurence now as it was in the 1840s. Having said that, the plot was predictable and took some effort to get involved in. It didn't evo
Aug 30, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story would have been extremely enjoyable for me had it not been the extremely Christian overtones running through it. Yes, I understand that it is a period novel, and religion was more of a prominent discussion then, but there is a point where religion becomes preaching. I don't like my books to preach to me. The characters were interesting, although I found the main character somewhat of a user, leading on the men she was involved with and then crying when something went wrong. It is only ...more
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: average
Easy to read story about a girl who went against her society parents to choose her husband. At first, I nearly couldn't get past about the first third of the book for the lengthy descriptions about the finery and riches. My initial thoughts were of rich snobs but as I kept reading I discovered Lily wasn't at all like her mother. The research was well done and the story was woven nicely around it.

There was lots of crying (by Lily), some manipulation, squeaky clean romance and a glance into the ol
Apr 09, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet innocent story about an eighteen year old girl, Lily Edwards, forced to become an adult and marry a man of her parents choosing. I feel sorry for Lily because she wants to obey her parents but she is so desperately unhappy. This story is set before the Civil War and it reminds me of Gone With The Wind except it has more of a religious aspect. Lily has a very strong faith in God and when she's unhappy she turns to God for comfort.
Brandee Terry
Apr 29, 2010 Brandee Terry rated it it was ok
This book was not the kind that I would typically read although I do enjoy historical fiction and religious based books. The characters were sweet but thoroughly predictable. But it was a quick and easy read. I received this book for early review although its from the 80's, it's being rereleased. It was also my first ebook.
Nov 29, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful Christian fiction love story. I loved the characters especially Lily who finds her voice as she puts her faith and focus on God in the midst of making a life changing decision about marriage and to whom.
Nancy S. Hensley
Amazing book of faith, family and love.

I was really intrigued with Lily's courage and her outstanding faith of God and of her family. I really have enjoyed all volumes of The River Series.
Shelley Wead
I found it very boring. The story was predictable, the characters didn't have any depth to them. I have read many Christian fiction and this is not one that I would recommend.
The ending was terribly written!
Theresa Meyer
It was a little wordy

I liked the story but the story seemed to go on to long. A little slow for me. Good storyline though.
Aug 24, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-new
Dani Moore
An inspirational romance. Brain Fluff, but I enjoyed reading it!
Jun 24, 2015 Marielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, not for me, but I try not to leave a book unfinished.
Cindy Winder delong
More details and descriptions than I like but I enjoyed it anyway.
Scarlett Miller
Mar 19, 2013 Scarlett Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. As far as historical fiction and romance go, this is top notch. There are some situations that were predictable, but yet, it was very enjoyable.
Jo Notary
Jan 23, 2016 Jo Notary rated it liked it
19th century, civil war era, parents pledged her to a wealthy man, falls in love with a steamboat captain,
Aug 16, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Not really my cup of tea.
Good story. A tad predictable but enjoyed it anyway.
Not bad. It kept me entertained and gives quite a good lesson about certain ideals in the way things were. I would probably another by Cook.
Carrie Garza
Christian historical romance. Well written descriptive.
Effie Higginbotham

A beautiful story and wonderfully written. So good to read about what it means to trust in the Lord God.
Lynn Capps
Lynn Capps rated it really liked it
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