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The Mill River Redemption

(Mill River #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,594 ratings  ·  225 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Darcie Chan returns to the enchanting town of Mill River in a heartwarming novel of family, self-discovery, and forgiveness. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published November 6th 2013)
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Wow, what a joke, all throughout the book, I got a feeling that this book is going to win over my heart and will be one of my favorite books. But alas the ending turns out to be such a joke! I almost laughed. Surprisingly, the complex ending didn't make me feel emotional at all.

Thank you Darcie Chan for your book, The Mill River Redemption.

But unfortunately, the book failed to spark up any interest in me! Last4-5 chapters were a complete disaster to such a great plot. When I started reading the
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Josie DiSanti moves after losing her husband in a fire that burned down the house to the little town of Mill River with her two small children, Rose, and Emily, to live with her aunt Ivy.  As they grown up the girls are inseparable but a terrible accident tears them apart. Years later they return to the town for the reading of their mother’s testament.  They learn that Josie will do anything to reconcile her two daughters. The sisters must move into neighboring houses during the summer and work ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
The only thing I needed to know about The Mill River Redemption before deciding to read it was that it’s perfect Maeve Binchy's fans. Trust me, that’s pretty much all you need to know as well, but here, I’ll share a few more details about this marvelous read just to be safe. What can I say, I’m generous like that.

It’s quite obvious that I’m a huge Maeve Binchy fan, and now I’m a huge Darcie Chan as well. Her prose is elegant and rich with emotion, her setting warm and familiar and the c
Melinda Borie
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was the literary equivalent of a Lifetime movie. I could almost hear the generic sentimental score.

Small town family drama? Check. Long-separated prodigal sisters? Check. A hurt over a decade old? Check. Addiction? Check. Tragically dead persons of various emotional attachments? Check. A precocious but neglected child? Check. Constant (over)use of the phrase "love of [her] life"? Check. Shoddy characterization of stock characters? So check.


Oh, and the subplot about the elementa
Angela M
I keep coming across books that are about the adult children of a sick or dead or dying parent coming home to eventually make amends with each other or reconcile in some way with their pasts. They all seem to follow the same formula - they go home and through flashbacks or alternating narratives we find out what happened to break them apart. Then comes the realization that they are family and that's all that matters. They kiss and make up .So what made me want to read this one? I really liked Th ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Won this great book! Thank you Judy Collins and Random House!

This is my first Darcie Chan novel and what a well written gem! I have not read The Mill River Recluse but did not feel like I missed anything in this novel. The Miller River Redemption explores tragedy, family love, and redemption in the charming town of Mill River, Vermont. Truly enjoyed this heartwarming story with a bit of twist I did not see coming. Recommended if you like to read about small town life and self-discovery.
Jill Tool
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcie Chan has written a wonderful novel again. She has returned to her cozy little town of Mill River, Vermont, to catch up with some of the locals that were introduced in the first book, The Mill River Recluse and to hear Josie DiSanti's story. Don't worry if you haven't read the first book, you won't be lost when reading Redemption.

Josie DiSanti is a young mother of two little girls Rose and Emily. After losing her husband, their home to a fire, Josie calls her mother's older sister Ivy. Nei
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it

While The Mill River Redemption was a really engrossing read, I am still not sure I really liked it. From the very beginning it was clear that Rose was, frankly, a bitch. She almost seemed like a caricature of a bad soap opera character. As much as I disliked her, I liked Emily. Much more even keeled and likable. Then there is little Alex, Rose's young son. He is the complete opposite of his mother and I was thrilled to see the relationship building betwee
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the sound of The Mill River Redemption and having never read any novels by Darcie Chan, I was particularly excited to start it to discover Darcie’s writing.

Recently widowed Josie DiSanti has fled New York City with her two young daughters Rose and Emily, arriving in Mill River, Vermont, to take refuge and live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard. Ivy is a bookseller and a woman who Josie barely knows. As they build a new life for themselves, there is a socking tragedy th
Liz Barnsley
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and emotional family drama with a hint of mystery to it, I absolutely loved this story, character driven and intriguing with a wonderful sense of place and time.

It was easy to immerse myself in this world as the story ebbed and flowed backwards and forwards in time to give a picture of a family – Josie brings her children to Mill River, escaping from something, we are not sure what and over the course of time settles in and becomes an integral part of the community. Sisters
Judy D Collins
"I fell in love with this story, the author, the town, and the characters!"

THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION, a beautiful and heartwarming novel, set in the quaint town of Mill River. A poignant story of a mother’s sacrifice to reconnect her two estranged daughters, (Emily and Rose), after a tragic accident.

If you read THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, you will not want to miss, THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION!

WOW, I had no idea what was in store, when I requested to read thsi book, via NetGalley! I was initially att
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A bookstore, mothers, sisters, aunts, family secrets.

THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION is a wonderful, cozy, book that combines family, the love of books, and a small town and turns all of those into a book you won't want to stop reading.

Josie DiSantis had to move ​from New York ​back to her roots in Mill River, Vermont, after her husband was killed in a fire that destroyed their home. Luckily she and her daughters survived and had a loving aunt to take them in.

Mill River is a town that I would LOVE to
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A novel that catch your attention immediately with powerful emotions There Josie with a strong desire to protect her daughters from any harm. Rose and Emily the daughters. Rose is self center and outgoing. Emily is shy and covering for Rose. Ivy, the aunt who takes them in when they had nowhere else to go. Father O'Brien who has problems. Several other minor characters. The book is hard to put down so start when have time to finished.
Josie and her daughters meet Ivy in New York after a fire that
Deborah aka Reading Mom
I seem to remember liking the first book by Darcie Chan (The Mill River Recluse) a few years ago and thought this one might be a nice follow-up. I read a lot of fiction and have no problem suspending belief if a plot is well-written and characters are engaging and interesting. This book, however, was just drivel. The plot was ridiculous, the characters selfish, dysfunctional, (to a cartoonish degree) and totally unlikeable. I can't believe an entire book full of characters could really act so ch ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I really loved the sound of The Mill River Redemption and having never read any novels by Darcie Chan, I was particularly excited to start it to discover Darcie’s writing.

Recently widowed Josie DiSanti has fled New York City with her two young daughters Rose and Emily, arriving in Mill River, Vermont, to take refuge and live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard. Ivy is a bookseller and a woman who Josie barely knows. As they build a new life for themselves, there is a socking tragedy th
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mediocre writing, characters, and plot define this poorly paced and predictable novel. The story begins in the 1980s when recently widowed Josie and her two young daughters, Rose and Emily, move to Mill River, Vermont to live with an aunt she barely knows. The alternating chapters are in present day, after Josie dies and requires her now-feuding-adult daughters to live next door to each other and work together to solve a clever little mystery game to earn their inheritance.

(view spoiler)
Kim Hampton
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was hooked on it from the first page, and it didn't disappoint at all. I found myself becoming emotionally invested in the characters, and torn between reading as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen, and trying to slow down to make the book last longer. The ending completely floored me, but I won't reveal so I don't spoil it! If you love stories about sisters and family, this is definitely the book for you. I would give it 100 stars if ...more
Melanie Johnson
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading the Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan and was thrilled to find out she has written a sequel, using some of the other characters from the first book. This is still a great stand alone book if you haven't read the first one. Two estranged sisters come back to Mill River because of their mother's death and find out that they have to solve a "riddle" and find a hidden key together before they can receive their inheritance. Without giving too much away, they work to find forgiv ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The Mill River Redemption” belongs to books that leave me speechless for a long time after reading them. This novel was a perfection in every single detail and I find it really hard to write a review that is going to do this book a justice. Thank you so much Clara for offering me this book to read and review, you really do know my tastes!

I was not aware before I was sent the book that there is a first book in the series, „The Mill River Recluse” and now I desperately want to read it as well! Tho
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charming tale about bringing two sisters back together after years of not speaking. I liked the way chapters alternated between past and present day.
Mary Brown
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan is one of the better books that I have read in a long time. The story revolves around a family that lives in Mill River and the tough times and happy times they experience.

Josie DiSanti and her two young daughters, Rose and Emily move to Mill River after Josie’s husband dies in a house fire. She is running away from the person responsible for her husband’s death. They move in with Aunt Ivy, even though Josie does not really know her Aunt that well. Josie
Dannie at RAPT
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a member of the From Left to Write online book club. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

You can read this review on my site here.

Darcie Chan returns to Mill River, Vermont to share the story of Josie, Rose, and Emily DiSanti, in her new release, The Mill River Redemption. Digging into a theme of family love and the bonds that hold family together, the DiSanti family struggles to overcome a tragedy that has ripped two sisters apart. You will have a difficult t
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estranged Sisters Search for Their Inheritance

When their mother, Josie, dies, Emily and Rose return to Mill River for the reading of the will. The sisters have been estranged because of something that happened many years ago. In the will they are chagrined to learn that their mother's stipulates they must cooperate with each other to find the key to a safety deposit box that will hold their inheritance.

Although the main plot is ploy to get the sisters back together, a secondary plot involves Jo
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Mill River Recluse and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait to read Mill River Redemption. I pre-ordered this book however sad to say I was disappointed. The story line had so many unnecessary twists. As I read the story I was kept wondering "what drove the sisters apart?" and "what as the mystery surrounding the death of Josie's husband?". As the answers eventually unfolded, I was not impressed. The ending was, well, ridiculous. I didn't "feel" enough tension between the two sisters; j ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It is hard just giving 3 stars for this novel but as much as I really liked 3/4 of this story I absolutely HATED the end. I realize that it is probably only me, and I DID like how the author wrote (mostly) I found the end so awful that I felt like the whole reading experience was ruined.

I honestly felt that the author could tell a story and keep the reader immersed in the pages of the book. I am also sure that many readers will not agree with my opinion about the ending....
Christopher White
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
There are some pretty messed-up relationship dynamics in THIS story. A mom sends her estranged daughters on a scavenger hunt, after her death, to find their inheritance. For most of the book, I thought, 'Where's the fun in that?' (I sent my OWN kids on a scavenger hunt a couple of Christmases ago. I know for a fact that I had a lot more fun watching them tear through the house looking for the next clue than THEY had.) But, as I read further into the book, questions were answered, or rather repla ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-novels
Oh...I really, really liked this story until...well, no spoilers, but that reveal nearing the end of the book disappointed me. :( Despite this little let-down, it was an enjoyable read.

I received this book from Net Galley for review.
I enjoyed this audio. Wish now I had listened to the first book before beginning this one. The story of Josie, Emily, Rose & family was interesting & well written. Sweet little Alex. I do have a problem with Rose & Emily's mother but won't mention it further so as not to spoil the read. ...more
Nedra Haymon
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. I really enjoyed this second installment about some folks in the town of Mill River. I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved the book until the ending. Loved how Chan took you from present to past but come on....
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Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of the eBook sensation THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE and the novels THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION and THE PROMISE OF HOME. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction ful

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