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After River by Donna Milner
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Jan 02, 10

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Read in January, 2010

Donna Milner is a Canadian author and this was her first novel and an excellent one at that! I hope she writes more.

Natalie Ward is 15-years-old and growing up on a dairy farm in the mountains of British Columbia two miles from the United States Border. She believes her life is perfect as she knows nothing outside her family and life on the farm. Her family is very close knit and one that is the highly admired and regarded by the folks in Atwood, the nearest town to their farm.

Natalie is the only daughter of Nettie Ward and the town's milkman, Gus Ward and sister to 3 brothers whom she loves dearly. She is especially close to Boyer, the eldest and as a younger child Natalie fully believed that she would grow up one day to marry Boyer as her love for him was like a worshipping Saint. Needless say, she was crushed when she was informed by her other brothers that that wasn't the case.

One afternoon in the summer of 1966 a long-haired stranger shows up at their farm's kitchen door and nothing in Natalie's family is the same again. The arrival of this stranger sets in motion catastrophie, saddness and a string of secrets that have almost torn the family apart forcing various members of the family to move away and 'ignore' their childhood home. Only on their grandmother's death bed do the members of this family realize that no matter what 'secrets' or 'lies' have been covered up over the years, the truth will always set you free no matter how much time has elapsed.

This book will keep you riveted to your seat and at 342 pages it's not really considered a 'short' read but I still read it in one afternoon it was that good!!!
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