I’m a big fan of Ann H. Gabhart, so when I was offered the opportunity to review her newest book, In the Shadow of the River, of course I had to jump on it. I’m glad I did.
Gabhart is a master at weaving together storylines filled with mystery and romance, and this latest book is no exception. It’s the story of Jacci Reed, a young woman who grows up performing on a river showboat in the late 1800’s. She loves living on the river with her adopted family of actors, singers, and dancers, especially her grandfather Duke and her best friend Gabe. The only thing that bothers her is the mystery that surrounds her mother’s death and an unknown woman named Lisbeth.
I’ve got to admit, it took me longer than usual to get into this particular book. The premise behind the story of Jacci’s mother and the deception she participated in was very far fetched. I had a hard time accepting it and getting past that. However, I kept reading, and as the story progressed, it began to make more sense. It was still pushing the limits, but it worked.
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the unique characters. They’re each so different, yet they form a tight bond traveling together up and down the river, entertaining audiences along the way.
Gabhart draws you in with the vivid imagery of river life, and showbiz people. She expertly transports you into their world and makes you wish you could hop aboard the Kingston Floating Palace.
If you enjoy historical stories, mysteries, and/or romance, you’re sure to like In the Shadow of the River.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own.