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Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe
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Feb 12, 2010

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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 fishing and meet with other women who are on the same journey. Mia returns home only to find that the earth has shifted right under her feet and all she thought she could count on has changed. She flees Charleston and ends up at her instructor's mountain cabin. Belle Carson, the expert fly fishing instructor, helps Mia pull herself together and allows her to stay the summer at the cabin that belonged to Belle's grandmother. Mia, in turn, is fascinated by the story that surrounds Belle's grandmother and sets her heart on finding out what really happened and laying an old scandal to rest if she can. A story of friendship, the healing power of nature, and a journey of self-discovery.
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