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Three women. Three lies. One chance to tell the truth. The River Within, from Lambda Literary Award nominee, Baxter Clare Trautman, follows three women whose bonds are strained, reforged, and ultimately strengthened as they struggle to choose between the lives they think they should have and the lives they want. For thirty years Foreign Correspondent Greer Madison has comp ...more
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Katy
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note: I read this book in June 2011 from a copy I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: “The River Within” focuses on the lives of Greer Madison – a war journalist who has covered the ‘Stan beat for decades and who was recently involved in a situation where she was seriously injured and a young woman, a photojournalist, who was with her was killed – and Darlene, Doug and Katie Richardson, whose son (Darlene and Doug) and brother (Katie) Christopher recentl
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Baxter Trautman
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thoughtful, emotionally mature women.
Shelves: lesbian, fiction, women
Well, okay, 5 stars may be a little much but what parent doesn't think her children are the best?
Katy
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Katy by: Baxter Clare Trautman
“The River Within” focuses on the lives of Greer Madison – a war journalist who has covered the ‘Stan beat for decades and who was recently involved in a situation where she was seriously injured and a young woman, a photojournalist, who was with her was killed – and Darlene, Doug and Katie Richardson, whose son (Darlene and Doug) and brother (Katie) Christopher recently died while serving in the Middle East as a corpsman for a group of Marines. Darlene knows exactly how Christopher died, but re ...more
Cab
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, drama
This was a fascinating story where we get to see 3 different women dealing with their own emotional and psychological crisis and the lies they hide behind. What’s really interesting is that the lies are really the ones that they tell themselves: Darlene and her son’s death; Greer and her career and who she has become; Kate hiding who she is and what she wants in an effort to make everyone else happy.

One of the most powerful scenes for me was when Darlene kills the Blue Jay who tried to steal th
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M
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-books, 5-books
This book was so wonderfully well judged and marvellously paced that I would highly recommend it all readers, not just those with an interest in Lesfic.

The character of Greer is so well realised that even though she is a deeply flawed and traumatised person, she is still a stunningly interesting and attractive woman. I had more issues with the Dar and Kate characters, but still found them interesting and compelling.

The whole story of Chris, told in his letters and recounted stories was incredibl
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Lyndee
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel littered with beautiful prose. I loved this book and felt that it thoroughly explored the impact our decisions have on our adult lives. Adressing issues of death, sexuality and friendship this book was a lovely read from start to finish... Congratulations to Trautman on such a wonderful book!
Naiya
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story:

Greer Madison, Foreign Correspondent, has breathed war for the last thirty years. She's the best there is. But when a colleague dies trying to reach her, something inside her breaks. Greer finds herself back in the States, nursing her injuries at the house of her long-time friend, Darlene.

Darlene too is a casualty of war. After the death of her son, Chris, the last thing she needs is her perceptive friend rattling her carefully-crafted mask of normalcy and the lies she's built to prote
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Anne
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read for two main reasons: either I wish to be challenged and I use reading as a self-discovery process, or I wish to be entertained, in which case the story must be written captivatingly enough to suspend my disbelief. I suppose this could make me a harsh critic, but this is just what I like when I read.

Having said that, "The River Within" falls more into my first reason for reading: to be challenged and to think and possibly learn something about myself that I can take forward. I find books
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Barrett
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: favorites
Just finished this sensational novel. I am still reeling from the experience and will add more when I'm able . This truly is a "Must Read"


I'm not a reviewer, but I was knocked sideways--emotionally-- by this book. I read it over a few days and grew more and more sad, despairing, and restless. The storyline for each of the three women wound tighter as their connection to one one another became more complex. the back story in some flashback added color and depth to the portrait that the author cr
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Shira Minerd
Beautiful struggles

It really was beautiful to see their transformations through the pages. They were slow and painful at first, and then almost too quickly they changed and resolved and grew. There is no super happy ending but a continuation from which you know the characters can grow.
Dr. Sharada
I enjoyed this book but the epilogue was terrible! The ending before the epilogue also seemed a little rushed.
Vykki
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brillant
This was a truly wonderful book. It had deep characters the story kept you reading you just had to know what was going to happen. The author told a wonderful story of three women and how there lives intertwined. I won this book on Goodreads. Thank you
Elisa Rolle
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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