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Where the River Ends

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A powerfully emotional and beautifully written story of heartbreaking loss and undying love

He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina’s most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they’d found their true soul mate.

Ten years
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ebook, 384 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Broadway Books (first published 2008)
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Kimberly
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to Kimberly by: Emily
I have read a number of touching and beautiful love stories, but "Where The River Ends" is in a class all of its own. A friend of mine had recommended I try one of Charles Martin's books after finding out how much I love Nicholas Sparks. His style was similar but also distinct. I found myself marking page after page of quotes I didn't want to forget - but in reality, I'd quote the entire book here because the whole thing was so deeply moving. I found myself wiping tears away long after I turned ...more
Jennifer Fromke
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished the last page of this book, I closed my eyes and felt . . . complete. It’s not that he tied every tiny item up too perfectly, it’s just that my experience of the story was everything I needed as a reader. There is a wholeness at the end of the story. When you read about all the brokenness throughout, you feel it, and you’re filled with the longing and hope and struggles of the characters. So when Mr. Martin ends the story, he somehow managed to achieve wholeness in the midst of t ...more
Autumn
Nov 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I just. Couldn't. Do it. I tried to read this book, but I couldn't. From the very cover, with its silly “Warning: This book will break your heart.” I doubted this book. The prose was overly conversational, with phrases like, “See that. That’s what I love about her.”

I don’t like this kind of writing. I don’t want someone ACTUALLY telling me a story, I want someone storytelling. The difference, for me, is simple. In one, I am consciously aware of the teller, and in the other the words disappear a
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Manuela Santos
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido
“Os tratamentos são o pior. Eles retalham-nos até ao nosso âmago, despojam-nos de tudo e deixam-nos com memórias fugazes. Abbie tentara durante muito tempo agarrar-se à vida mas, tal como a água, ela escapara-se por entre os dedos.”

Uma linda história de amor comovente, emotiva, dramática, delicada e trágica que nos toca o coração e ninguém consegue ficar indiferente a esta narrativa.
O autor é possuidor de uma escrita directa, clara, simples, prática, realista, pontuada e envolvente.
A leitura é p
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Andre
Oct 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Judy Collins
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great author and storyteller - I have read all his books and one of my favorite authors! "Charles makes the characters come alive! Awesome! "
Lari Heldenlama
Dieses Buch sprach mich sowohl vom Cover als auch vom Klappentext sehr an, irgendwie hat man leichte gedankliche Parallelen zu Cecilia Ahern "Ps Ich liebe dich"

Abbies und Chris' Welten könnten verschiedener nicht sein. Sie ist die Tochter eines Senators, wuchs in der Welt des Glamours auf, Chris ist ein Tagträumer und freischaffender Künstler er lebt von der Hand in den Mund. Trotz dieser Unterschiede lernen die beiden sich kennen und heiraten sogar gegen den Willen von Abbies Eltern, die mit al
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Michael
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Charles Martin writes stories about broken men, searching for redemption and healing and the people who love them.

In his sixth novel, "Where the River Ends," we meet Doss Michael, an artist who outpunted his coverage when he met, courted and married the daughter of a powerful South Carolina senator, Abby Coleman. The story is told in alternating chapters, examing their courtship, marriage and life together and their final journey together down the St. Mary's River. Ten years into the marriage,
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Darlene
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful story, written by Charles Martin is about love, commitment, sacrifice and what it really means to be totally responsible for another human being. Doss Michaels (a painter who gives new meaning to the term 'starving artist') meets Abigail Grace Coleman, the daughter of a senator from South Carolina when he literally saves her life when she is attacked and nearly raped. Their love story is just about perfect.... until the day Abbie is diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast can ...more
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"Do I wonder why God is silent? Can I explain the existence of suffering and evil? Do I sometimes despair at this world? You damn right.... Nevertheless, I believe."


Normally, a book that takes me quite this long to finish can surely expect a low rating. This book is an exception to my rule, my norm. The 'breathers' I took while reading this book, in retrospect, were necessary. Had I rushed to see the ending, I doubt I'd be able to appreciate it as much as I appreciate it now.

My zero knowled
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Katie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ruth Ann
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story develops between unlikely lovers -- a "starving artist" and the daughter of a US Senator. Married 15 years and she's dying of cancer and has a bucket list, which the two try to complete before her demise. It would have been helpful to have a map of the river trip (I'm a visual learner). In some respects, their river journey seemed so unlikely -- possessions burned by raiders in a bond fire, meeting a defrocked Priest along the way, her ability to rally just as they were meeting impos ...more
Omaira
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Una historia de amor que empezamos conociendo justo cuando se acerca su final, pero que no dejará indiferente y te romperá el corazón. Si no fuera por las excesivas descripciones de lugares que realiza el autor, considero que hubiera sido perfecta"

Reseña completa: http://entrelalecturayelcine.blogspot...
Paula Reis
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sou bastante sensível a este tema.
Um livro que me fez parar várias vezes a leitura para refletir e para pensar 'e se fosse eu?'
Amor, dor, magia e muita resiliência, ninguém vai ficar indiferente !
Heidi
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Charles Martin. Great writing.
But I read this after I read "The Mountain Between Us" and there were just TOO many similarities! Damsel in distress. Hurting. Man saves the day. Pulling her along.
I almost didn't finish it. I did, but just kind of meh.
Alexandra
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MAGNÍFICO. LÉANLO AHORA.

En serio, genial. Este libro me ha encantado absolutamente. Te atrapa desde la primera página, debes saber cómo es la historia pasada y como continúa la presente. Excelente forma de juntarlas, por cierto. No es un romance barato, por favor; es mucho más que eso. Creo que puedo decir que es una historia acerca de la belleza: la belleza del amor, del arte, de la naturaleza y del alma. Lo he leído con pausa, así para disfrutar cada detalle, y ha valido la pena.

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Amy
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom handed this book and said "Read this it's good." Meh I thought. Then I looked at the frount cover "Warning this book will break your heart." Then I thought nope I am not reading this. Well because the other book I am reading currently is not a pull you in type a book I though ok I will give it a shot. I enjoyed it and read it quickly.
The writing was not the most poetic or thought provoking. Yet in a simple way it was. This story was told from a man's point of view which was interesting us
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Jerry
Mar 20, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Where the River Ends' cover warns you, "This book will break your heart." It did, in a way...but not the way Charles Martin or his editors/publishers intended. I've read Mr. Martin's writings before, and, in my opinion, they were well-written, emotionally charged dramas about people overcoming tragic circumstances. However, all those were published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher; Where the River Ends was not, and its content makes me wonder whether Mr. Martin is truly a Christian, or ju ...more
Tina Hunt
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story. I was sucked in when I read the prologue!

But the more I read the madder I got with Mr. Martin. At one point I even put the Nook down and declared to the empty house around me that I was done, that I was not going to read any more. Why? Because I was tired of the back and forth from the back story to the journey down the river.

Then I did something I rarely do: I quit reading the back story. I just skipped right over it and jumped back into the next section of story dealing wit
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Mafi
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, favorites, library, pt
Adorei, um romance lindoo! Não conti as lágrimas, um livro muito romântico cheio de emoções fortes. :)

Então a história centra-se no casal Doss e Abbie, ele um pintor, ela uma modelo que estão profundamente apaixonados um pelo outro, só que infelizmente ambos travam uma luta contra o cancro de Abbie. Ela é uma mulher muito corajosa e que pretende viver até aos últimos dias da sua vida e elabora uma lista de 10 coisas que gostaria de realizar antes de morrer. Isto é a premissa do livro, depois o r
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Marla
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This is a beautifully written love story. It took me a little bit to get into it since it's very narrative and light on dialogue. I listened to the audio book and I absolutely loved the way Mark Deakins read the story about Doss and Abbie. I do have to say, as a breast cancer survivor, it was a little bit of a shock by the time I was on Disc 7 of 10 to find out what kind of cancer Abbie was dying from. Her treatment flashbacks were a little hard for me to hear as they brought back memories. But ...more
Elizabeth Sulzby
This book moved me to tears and smiles. The author creates a believable "soul mates" kind of love between two people from very different backgrounds. Mr. Martin is one of the rare male authors who are convincing in depiction of women. The tragic end of the story, the wife's death from stage 4 cancer, is clearly foreseen but the way the husband and wife deal with it is constantly surprising. The book is very well written and I could have speeded through it, but I found myself lingering over the e ...more
Angie
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Jesse Braswell
Shelves: southern-fiction
Earlier today I finished reading Where the River Ends. Wow, Abbie and Doss uniquely lived out her bucket list. (Thanks, Jesse, for recommending another terrific piece of southern literature.) Charles Martin is definitely on my list for future reads. I'm not sure I could ever be so valiant as Doss protecting Abbie or as Abbie making the most of her remaining days while also providing support for Doss in his future. All of the characters and river descriptions will stay with me. I'd love to kayak ...more
Jenny
Aug 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Two things:

#1. The ending of this book is clear from the start: Wife will die but her and her husband will go on one last journey together.

I thought what the heck, might be a good story despite the ending.

Nope. Not at all. The dialogue was tough to follow, the descriptions of the river were overwrought, and Abbie was made out to be a perfect angel.

#2. In some editions, is the main character called Doss? In the book I read, the guy's name was Chris. Maybe that's because I had the UK version?

Any
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Kim
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I'll take the bad because that means I will have lived to know the good." p149

"Perception is not reality"

"The hurt reminded me of what was, and is, beautiful. Of what I'd known, and lost. Of love given. And taken away. The more it hurt, the deeper the ache, the sweeter the memory. So while I mind the hurt, I live with it."

I enjoyed this book. I was touched by the story line and the power of love. But must admit I skipped the last few chapters to get to the end and do not feel like I'm lacking a
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Emanuela
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dupa ce am citit 3 carti de Charles Martin am ajuns la concluzia ca il pasioneaza sa scrie despre boala (cancer, boala psihica) si despre moarte in egala masura cu scrierea despre dragostea care biruie totul si rupe orice bariera, dragostea care elibereaza. Si aceasta carte se inscrie in categoriile mai sus mentionate, fiind vorba despre un cuplu casatorit, ea din lumea buna, el sarac dar pictor, care ajunge impreuna impotriva sortii, dar nu asta este planul principal (povestea lor de dragoste e ...more
Linda
I think people are either totally into a romance-like "powerfully emotional and beautifully written story of heartbreaking loss and undying love" book or they're not really fond of them. The cover of this paperback says, "Warning: This book will break your heart." and "Don't pick it up unless you are looking for a good cry." So ... pick your field of interest and proceed accordingly.
The part that interested me the most: the young man finding himself as an artist.
Donna
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Three stars is probably a wee bit generous for this book. It pains me to say that because Charles Martin is a must read author for everyone. I am a huge fan. I like how he writes. He can pack such a punch with words. I am usually completely drawn into his stories. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that at all in this book. This was just a bit too flowery for me and predictable.

I will say that it is a sweet story and it has a neat little red bow at the end.
Renee
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most heartfelt books I have ever read. Charles Martin does a wonderful job bringing the characters struggle with life to the forefront. To move through this journey with Doss and Abbie is something that you will take with you. I was moved to tears. I HIGHLY recommend "Where the River Ends".
Caryn
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet story of a southern husband and wife in the final stages of a long battle with her cancer. It flashes back and forth between current and past events. She has a list of ten things she wants to do before she dies, and he tries get her to all ten. Super sweet, of course made me cry. I loved it.
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“The river never changes. it may alter it's path a bit, but it never changes. It's us who change. We come back here and we're are different. Not it."

Form can't be extracted from the essence like some broth reduction."

This river's taught me a good bit. Probably why I don't leave here. It winds, weaves, snakes around. Rarely goes the same twice. But, in the end, it always ends up in the same place and the gift is never the same." ..."it's the journey that matters.”
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