I am a fan of Ann H. Gabhart’s historical fiction, however, In the Shadow of the River left me disappointed.
Set in 1881 In the Shadow of the River takes place on a showboat floating down the Ohio River. It begins with the foiled kidnapping attempt of 5-year-old Jacci, and follows up 15 years later with her still in danger.
There are likable characters, friendship, an interesting setting, mystery, and danger. Nevertheless, I found the retelling of the same information about Jacci’s history by multiple characters unnecessary. I realize this is a work of fiction, but there are too many coincidences for me to believe.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
I wish you well.
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