Title: River Wild
Author: Samantha Towle
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12 Jan 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.
And far away from a past that can never find me.
Moody. Sullen. Asshole.
And my new neighbor.
I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.
Then, he helps me rescue an abandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflects back in my own. Sadness. Pain. Loneliness.
I know all of those things well.
An unwanted and unexpected friendship that somehow works. Then, without warning, it turns into something more.
River and I both have our secrets, and that’s okay. Because I understand him. And he understands me.
For the first time in my life, I have something I never thought I would have—happiness.
But happiness isn’t forever. Not for people like me.
Especially not when my past is waiting just around the corner, ready to come and take it all away.
OH MY HEART – I am not generally a fan of a heroine who starts the story with a pregnancy, however, I will say it was necessary Carrie’s case as it gave her the courage to escape the daily torment of living with an abusive husband.
The plot is harrowing and delves into some traumatic issues and imagery, as well as looking into the void whereby societies protectors can hide within thier ranks some of the worst offenders. Who can you turn to when your tormentor is part of law enforcement?
Carrie makes a fresh start and discovers her inner strength building a life for herself and the child she is carrying. The only thorn in her new future is her next door neighbor, River.
River has endured and survived the abuse inflicted on him by his stepfather; although he carries the emotional scars and torment with a heavy dose of guilt with him on a daily basis. Keeping the true events of his childhood buried deep within himself has resulted in segregation from the rest of the community.
It is as if Carrie’s broken pieces recognise the same kind of broken pieces within River; fitting together to make them whole and smoothing out all of their ragged edges.
The relationship between Carrie and River builds organically, in a slow burn fashion with them both having to rebuild their identities to fit in with a brighter future.
Unfortunately, the past always has a way of catching up with you if left undealt with. It is this trial which River and Carrie have to face in order to be truly free of their respective demons.
River Wild is deeply emotional and profoundly rewarding 😍