Doss is determined to give Abbie this gift of a trip. He just hopes they can complete it before she dies.
But along the way, they find help from people who go out of their way, often at great personal risk, to help them. A gun-toting grandma gives them food. A defrocked priest saves their lives. They discover kindness from strangers. They discover grace.
And the reader comes to see what this story and this river are really all about. Each scene of the trip is followed by a scene from Doss’s early life, how he and Abby meet and fall in love, and the story of their life together before cancer changes everything. This is a story about life, and we come to embrace it as our story, too.
If you haven’t a novel by Charles Martin, you’ve got some fine reading ahead of you. Simply put, he’s one of the best storytellers writing today. I deliberately didn’t read Where the River Ends for two years after I bought it – and anticipation was part of the reading experience. I wasn’t disappointed. And he published the The Mountains Between Us in July – another book I’m enjoying the anticipation of reading.
My review of Martin’s When Crickets Cry.
Charles Martin talks about the St. Mary’s River and the origin of Where the River Ends: