I was excited when I got the chance to review “The Singing River” by R.K. Ryals. I have read some of her other work and was very impressed with her writing. I was even more thrilled when I got to ask her a little bit about herself and what writing means to me (which only made me love this author even more). First, I will give you a little run down on what “The Singing River” is all about!
In Mississippi, there’s a legend about a Singing River, a tragic love story that ended with an entire Indian tribe singing a death chant as they marched stoically into the Pascagoula River to die …
At eighteen, Haven Ambrose isn’t just a high school graduate. In her head, she’s an aspiring writer, a traveler, a chef, a slayer of injustice, an astronomer, an archaeologist, and the love child of a famous, rich musician. But reality is harsher. Reality is overdue bills, a crumbling trailer, an absent father, an old addiction, and a hot, crushing summer that may end in disappointment.
For twenty year-old River Brayden, life seems good, but appearances can be deceiving. The oldest son of a wealthy family, he has finished his first year at Harvard to return home for the summer only to discover his younger brother headed down an unforgiving road.
They will be drawn together by a song. For during the late summer, they say the Pascagoula death chant can still be heard near the Singing River. Its call is haunting, its chant a testament of love and sacrifice. It calls to some … beckoning.
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I stepped toward her. “You have a way of making people relate to you.”
She snorted. “I doubt that.”
I was in front of her now, my face peering down into hers. “Really, you do. A few hours of knowing you feels like days.”
“Sounds tiresome,” she teased.
“It’s a gift,” I countered.
There were sudden lines in her forehead, a troubled look in her eye. “Some might call it a curse,” she murmured. “By the end of this trip, you’ll want me gone.”
It was my turn to frown, my gaze studying her face. She had green eyes so dark they could be mistaken for brown and lashes so long they almost touched her brows. True, she was more willowy than curvy, but she was beautiful in an understated, elegant kind of way. The faint freckles on the bridge of her nose drove me crazy.
“Why do you think that?” I asked.
There was something stark and open about her eyes when she answered, “Because I am better at being abandoned than I am at keeping people.”
I hands down fell in love with “The Singing River” from the very first chapter. The flow of the authors writing just has a way of grabbing you into the story and not letting go. The characters, and the development of their roles in the book are amazing. You will feel the emotions from the characters as if they were your own. If you get a chance to read this book, you will feel sadness, loss, hope, and happiness. I laughed and cried while reading this book, so prepare yourself for a very touching novel that will take you places you never thought possible. I highly recommend this book to any and all readers. I would love to go into detail, but I feel as if I would be doing you wrong. Get your hands on a copy and read this book! If you have doubts, just trust me, you have my word!
Here is what R.K. Ryals said to me about her life and her love for writing:
“When I was growing up, my family was extremely poor. Because of this, we didn’t have television or many toys. My mother took my sister and I to our local library when I was about five years old, and it opened up a whole new world for me. I already had a genuine love for storytelling. My grandmother was a British war bride who came to America at nineteen after World War II, and she loved to tell stories. She would rock in her red recliner, drinking hot tea, and crocheting while spinning tales. Most of them were true stories, but she had a way with words that made them come alive. I had a growing respect for storytelling that transferred to paper. I honestly can’t remember a time when I haven’t written. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. For me, writing is breathing, it is living, it is being. It’s about writing worlds and characters with problems and helping them overcome them in remarkable and sometimes surprising ways. I write because my stories speak to me, because writing has a way of healing that nothing else does. It has carried me throughout my life, and has been an outlet when I needed it most. I feel the same about music. I don’t play music, but I do write to music. For me, it is inspiring.
Outside of writing to music, I don’t have a particular process or method I use when writing. I honestly let the story and emotion guide me. I do a lot of research before I write, but I don’t outline my stories. I usually have a general idea of where I’m going, but I don’t develop the entire story ahead of time. I like surprises. I truly love to see where a story will take me, and they often take me on amazing journeys.
I am a writer, a reader, and a survivor. I think we all have things in our lives that teach us about endurance, and I use that in my writing. For me, it was losing a parent young and fighting an eating disorder. Life gives us obstacles. I think who we are and what we become is what we make of those obstacles. How we deal with them. I read a quote once that said, “Writing is dreaming on paper.” There is no truer statement. Words carry me away to a place where I am different, where I can dream and spin those dreams into books. It is the best job in the world.”
I really hope you all get a chance to read “The Singing River” or any of R.K. Ryals’ books!
Here is some more info on the author before you go:
R. K. Ryals is a scatterbrained mother of three whose passion is reading whatever she can get her hands on. She makes her home in Mississippi with her husband, three daughters, a Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, and a coffeepot she couldn’t live without.
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