Release Date: July 15, 2012
Silas Jacobson pulled a trigger, killed his father, and ended up months later face down in Memphis mud, trying to forget the girl who betrayed him. He buries his father on the farm, his guilt in himself, and leaves home seeking to forget past mistakes. He travels on Mississippi steamboats and meets his best friend in a brawl, his worst enemy in a cathouse, and a mentor and lover at a New Orleans faro table. Fighting, fornicating, and cheating at cards are a grand time, but there’s another woman, a girl on a mission of her own, who saves his life and offers the opportunity to redeem himself.
Silas staggers out of the mud to go to her, but he finds that she’s deceived him from the start. He’ll risk his neck for her—he owes her that much—but love is no longer possible. His shot at redemption comes down to his conscience, the two women, a poker game, and the turn of a card. Redemption on the River is historical fiction set along the Mississippi River in 1848.
Romantic Historical Fiction
1848, Southern US/Mississippi River
Heat Rating 1
REVIEW RATING 4 stars
REVIEW by : Genevieve Graham
This is my kind of book. “Redemption on the River” by Loren DeShon is rich with multidimensional characters, an exciting journey, and amazingly accurate, well-researched history. The historical facts aren’t blatant, aren’t set out in a list, aren’t the least bit dry. They are woven into the story with taste and finesse—more of a challenge for an author than you’d think! He writes beautifully, with an easy flow and natural dialogue. And the romance in “Redemption on the River”? Well, it’s exactly right for this reviewer. I’m not the kind of reader who wants to know who will be with whom within the first chapter. Not even within the second. And I don’t care to read the bedroom nitty-gritty. I’d prefer to leave that to my imagination. In my humble opinion, sex is a by-product of romance, and not necessary in a book of this quality—in fact, it might even take away from the story—so I was glad DeShon let any sexual mentions “fade to black.” Romance itself has to simmer, build a foundation, have a reason, even. This book has all that and more.
Silas Jacobson starts out dealing with his own demons and the inability to help either himself or his loved ones because of his lack of maturity. He sets out on a journey which he believes will provide escape from guilt, grief, hopelessness, and instead is thrust into situations he never could have imagined, situations which help him understand and develop both integrity and strength within. I admit that in the beginning I found the story a little slow, but it picked up all of a sudden, and I was on the edge of my seat from that point on. I love the way DeShon takes Silas and the reader into worlds which seem completely separate from one another, but which come together beautifully in the end. His secondary characters are intriguing and help build the story instead of simply fading into the background.
At the end of the book, following a thorough section of Historical Notes, Mr DeShon attaches a note to readers, urging them to support authors and books they enjoy through word of mouth, and by leaving reviews on various sites like Amazon, etc. I will definitely be doing that, as well as posting his book on the “Books I Love” page on my website.
Genevieve Graham didn’t start writing until she was in her forties, inspired by the work of the legendary Diana Gabaldon. Her first two novels, “Under the Same Sky” and “Sound of the Heart” were published by Berkley Sensation/Penguin US in 2012 and have met with enthusiastic reviews. Genevieve writes what she calls “Historical Fiction” rather than “Historical Romance,” meaning she concentrates on the stories and adventures, and she doesn’t turn away from the ugly truths of the times. Romance binds her stories together, but it is not the primary focus. Genevieve also runs her own Editing business and has helped dozens of authors with their novels.