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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,042 ratings  ·  367 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 au...more
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2008)
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Jackie
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...more
benebean
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Evelyn
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...more
Peggy
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...more
Kim N - Lost-In-A-Book
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
Tammy Gillmore
WARNING: CHICK-FLICK REVIEW!

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...more
Angie
Sep 02, 2012 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily
I really enjoyed the first 100 pages of this book but then...it 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.
Michelle
Sep 15, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!
Barbara
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
Lorrie
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...more
Nancy
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
Phyllis
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...more
Laurie
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...more
Jayci
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...more
Judy
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...more
Alissa
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...more
Yolanda
Jun 09, 2009 Yolanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Nancy C, Talley
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.
Darla
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...more
Cristen
I can't believe how quickly this book captivated me! I haven't had a book get my attention like this one did in way too long. It helped remind me why I love to read and what I'm missing out on when I don't. Even though I haven't experienced what the character did first hand, I did feel like I could relate with her as far as the journey to finding herself. I for one would love to be able to take time and spend it tucked away in the woods in a cabin. Especially here in the beautiful mountains of N...more
Clare
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Deborah
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
Mary
Feb 16, 2014 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Denise
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.
Debbie
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!
Kathy
This was a marvelous story and beautifully written. I like the flow of the author's writing, along with her characters that are not only believable, but they immediately draw you in, wanting to hear more about them and their story.

This book is a lesson in growing past bitterness and toward healing and forgiveness for many of the characters, not just the main character as you might expect. It's about people caring enough to reach out, help & support others through the challenges & endeavo...more
Gayle
This is a book about a woman, Mia, who seeks emotional, physical and spiritual healing after breast cancer. She learns to fly fish at a retreat for women recovering from breast cancer and develops a strong friendship with the instructor, Belle. When Mia comes home one day to find her husband in bed with another woman, she reaches out to Belle, who offers Mia her cabin in the North Carolina mountains. Here, Mia finds her strength and her spirit as she goes to the river every day. This story tells...more
Jen
I really enjoyed this book...once it got going. Beginning did drag a little for me, but I definitely got involved with the characters, as well as the "story within the story" as well. Again, like my last book...felt like the ending was a bit choppy and quick, though it definitely kept my interest .
Cheryl
Woman develops breast cancer. Husband can't live with it and leaves (louse!!). She goes off to live in a cabin in the woods/mountains of North Carolina and learns to fly fish. Meets Mr. Right. The End

On a more serious note . . . this was a pretty good book.
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