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The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
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Jan 30, 12

Read in January, 2012

The Mill River Recluse lives in a marble mansion atop a hill over looking the small Vermont town. The people of the town know little about her and few have even seen her. She is the widow Mary McAllister who suffers from an anxiety disorder and from the mistreatment of an abusive husband. We learn about her life, mostly from the memories of the elderly local Priest who is her connection to the outside world, and has been for 60 years. A priest with an obsession with spoons . . .

Though the towns people are unaware of it, Mary has had an influence for the good on Mill River. She has, and will again, change the lives of those she watches from her bedroom window. There is the local Deputy raising his daughter after his wife’s death from cancer. We have a teacher who has moved to the town where no one knows she was once fat. And we even have an eccentric who makes love potions for Valentines Day.

This was a good book. It was heartwarming and amusing. I do recommend it for a quick, pleasant read.
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