Read the singing river by R.K. Ryals Online

the-singing-river

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,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....

Title : the singing river
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 18132842
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 277 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

the singing river Reviews

  • Nance
    2018-10-28 01:13

    I can't tell you the story. It's just too sad. Too heartbreaking. But, what I can tell you is what a beautiful beautiful story it is! Haven has got to be one of the best heroines ever! Sensitive but yet strong. So so brave and confident. And, River, well what can I say? He's just perfect! Great looking and smart! Knows just what to say. Supportive and protective. And, then there's Roman. So lost and trying to find his way. My heart broke for him. I was so freakin' sad for him. And, near the end, I cried. Big huge whopping tears for Haven's mom and everyone else. WOW! Such a great story! It really broke my heart. If you're looking for a heartbreaker. A sad one. A book that will rip your heart out and have you blubbering with tears, then this one is for you. It's a sad but touching novel, and R.K. Ryals is brilliant. Lovely prose. Lovely characters. And such a lovely friggin' story. MAGNICIENT! MAGICAL! And, just plain ole' MARVELOUS! What else could I possibly say????? Maybe a sequel for Roman's HEA???“I stared at the water below. My mother had named me for a river. When she was alive, she’d told me I often reminded her of the calm, strong waters of a river; sometimes churning angrily and overflowing its banks, but always steady, always flowing and constant. Roman, she’d said, had been like a tiny soldier from the day he was born, the kind of child she was afraid would be mighty but would fall as quickly as he rose in success. It was why she’d named him Roman, like he was a miniature gladiator.” ~ River (Chap. 10)“Mom had once told me she’d named me Haven for two reasons. The first because it had sounded romantic when she’d read it in a book, the second because having me in her life had rescued her, had given her a reason to live for something, had given her a reason to keep fighting for better things. I was her haven.” ~ Haven (Chap. 15)**************************************************************************“My favorite color is cerulean,” I blurted it out, and then blushed because I didn’t know where it came from. It just felt important somehow. “Not blue,” I continued, “but cerulean. Because it’s what the sky looks like just before nightfall. Because it’s what I imagine the ocean looks like when you’re sitting on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere.” ~ Haven (Chap. 25)“Black,” he said, “Mine is black. Because it’s what I see when I close my eyes, the moment of peace and darkness right before I rest, the color of the clouds right before a massive storm. Because it’s that perfect night when there is no moon.” ~ River (Chap. 25)

  • Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
    2018-10-29 17:11

    All right so I am going to start here. I was already a huge fan of R.K.Ryals. That being said.. Holy smokes. I loved this book! It was new- fresh- touching-emotional and over all touched my heart! Sometimes in life we need more. We want more. We desire more. Does this make us a bad person? Do we have to live in the mold that has been carved out for us, or can we challenge the mold? Make our own mold and start a new path. "All I could see was the look in his eyes, the one that screamed words he probably didn't know were there, a gaze that begged for shelter."Two broken souls in need of something find escape in each other. The question remains, is it just an escape or something more? Haven broke my heart and gave me courage. She is strong and broken at the same time. I see a fire in her and independence, however I think part of her wanted to be saved. Part of her needed to know another person found her valuable, cherished. Her level of responsibility is beyond anything someone her age should deal with, although she takes in stride. Haven is a old soul with a huge heart and capacity of love and forgiveness. Such a gem! What a beautiful person R.K. wrote for us! River is troubled. Not trouble like a wayward youth on the street. Troubled inside his own head. Expectations and plans made, obligations and demands. He wants to forget his demons. He is a runner. Leave the sadness- remove it from your line of sight. Reality only takes a back door for so long and eventually you must face it. Neither of them expected the other. With all that happens in this story.. Your mind is taken on such a strong emotional journey. I felt myself daydreaming about this book. The ebb and flow of the river, the love and life we lead. Tragic events happen to anyone. Class and social standing do not set us apart as much as you think, when your dealing with death and loss. Can you rise above who you are? Can you take a leap and love with your heart? This book is beautiful. Each story weaves together with magic page after page. Maybe the author borrowed some magic from the folklore as she weaves the spell. Each page drew me in more, each chapter left me wanting. I was overwhelmed in the story, and felt myself being swept away. Read this book, escape into the pages. Settle down awhile because once you are there you won't want to leave. I cannot wait to see where she takes us next, Bravo!

  • Sara Bree High
    2018-10-20 01:19

    All right so I am going to start here. I was already a huge fan of R.K.Ryals. That being said.. Holy smokes. I loved this book! It was new- fresh- touching-emotional and over all touched my heart! Sometimes in life we need more. We want more. We desire more. Does this make us a bad person? Do we have to live in the mold that has been carved out for us, or can we challenge the mold? Make our own mold and start a new path. "All I could see was the look in his eyes, the one that screamed words he probably didn't know were there, a gaze that begged for shelter."Two broken souls in need of something find escape in each other. The question remains, is it just an escape or something more? Haven broke my heart and gave me courage. She is strong and broken at the same time. I see a fire in her and independence, however I think part of her wanted to be saved. Part of her needed to know another person found her valuable, cherished. Her level of responsibility is beyond anything someone her age should deal with, although she takes in stride. Haven is a old soul with a huge heart and capacity of love and forgiveness. Such a gem! What a beautiful person R.K. wrote for us! River is troubled. Not trouble like a wayward youth on the street. Troubled inside his own head. Expectations and plans made, obligations and demands. He wants to forget his demons. He is a runner. Leave the sadness- remove it from your line of sight. Reality only takes a back door for so long and eventually you must face it. Neither of them expected the other. With all that happens in this story.. Your mind is taken on such a strong emotional journey. I felt myself daydreaming about this book. The ebb and flow of the river, the love and life we lead. Tragic events happen to anyone. Class and social standing do not set us apart as much as you think, when your dealing with death and loss. Can you rise above who you are? Can you take a leap and love with your heart? This book is beautiful. Each story weaves together with magic page after page. Maybe the author borrowed some magic from the folklore as she weaves the spell. Each page drew me in more, each chapter left me wanting. I was overwhelmed in the story, and felt myself being swept away. Read this book, escape into the pages. Settle down awhile because once you are there you won't want to leave. I cannot wait to see where she takes us next, Bravo!

  • Saunders
    2018-10-21 01:16

    read this - wonderful heart wrenching love story.

  • Alexis
    2018-11-09 18:20

    Aj'sbookthoughts.blogspot.com Let me first start off by saying R.K. Ryals is probably one of if not my all time favorite author (aside from my childhood love of Judy Blume of course). R.K. Ryals is beyond talented, her writing is always amazing. Once I book up one of her books I CANNOT put it down which is what happened last night... It was 1 in the morning before I got to sleep all thanks to The Singing River. I said to myself I would just start it read a few pages... That did not happen! Not for the fun, the review- this is a 5 out of 5 stars book! It was great, kept me interested (and awake!). I liked all the characters and Haven wasn't a whiny girl, she was strong but not bitchy and that is big for me in a book! As for River, swoon! Total book boyfriend material, sweet, considerate, actually I think I love him, hehe! I have to be honest and say that I was a little worried it would not keep my attention because normally R.K. writes Fantasy/Paranormal awesomeness and I wasn't sure if there would be enough action in The Singing River but there was! She did such a good job that I was feeling what the characters felt, at one point in the book I even started crying! Yes there is one incredibly sad part, I thought I saw one thing coming but that did not happen, it was something totally different! As far as the NA part of this book it was done classy this is NOT smut. The sexual scenes were described just enough that you knew what was going on in their mind and some what of how they are feeling. I really have no complaints about this book, oh wait I do... It was not long enough! I want MORE River and Haven! But from what I understand this is a stand alone book, and even though it is for sure strong enough to be a stand alone I just loved the characters so much I want more! Seriously as soon as this book is out read it, you won't be sorry!

  • Nanette Bradford
    2018-10-28 01:07

    Today I read a book that touched my heart. This was about strength, heartache, and freedom. Are we to be the person that others expect us to be even if we lose who we truly are in return? Are we allowed to go after what our heart feels is right even if others look down on us? These are things I imagine River thinking. He has always lived his life by the rules. Doing everything that was expected of him as a "Brayden" but is it enough? Does River have the strength to go for what he wants, his dreams and needs? Always taking care of others and doing what is right. Struggling her whole life to make ends meet but being totally happy in the process. With the love of a wonderful mother by her side Haven can do anything. "Don't ever let life rob you of who you are". These are words Haven would remember always. Pain, pain, and more pain. Roman, at only 17 years old has seen things no one should ever see and they constantly haunt him. Roman is lost. He doesn't want to remember that horrible night that haunts his dreams. He wants the images to go away and the pills do just that. Roman is a bad boy with a good soul but right now he needs to find the strength in himself to break free of the Demons he has inside. He's acting out in every way he knows how. These 3 broken and strong people each have their own set of trials to overcome and when you are done reading this you will find out just how much they all have to endure. This book had me crying and giggling but also left me wondering why! You'll see what I mean. Total must read. I knew it would be though. It's an R.K. Ryals book. Enough said.

  • Jessy
    2018-11-09 19:20

    Unbelievable! Author R.K. Ryals is genius! Oh my goodness I loved this story!Where expectations and responsibilities are all we have had and it's shaped you into who you are, but leaves you with a hope of needing something more...then there's nothing left to do but leap for faith and reach for something better!That's what this story brings. Two people from two different worlds. Both fractured with past circumstances. But both holding on to something that is at the brim for release to complete their own happiness.Haven is a beautifully written female lead. She is strong willed, hopeful, she is a fighter and a dreamer. She hasn't been handed a life of luxury but she is luxuriating in life. Absolutely breath taking to read a character like this. Gives you hope.River has a powerful effect on you. He is tied down to being everything his last name holds. Everything he works for is to please the family name. What you find with him is someone who has had to be strong for so long he needs someone to let him find release from the pressures. Haven may just be that person. Entwined is also a story of nature. A story of the singing river. Are the stories true? could it be about death or will some finally see truth... This novel is enchanting and full of a great cast. With flaws and all you find every character important to the story. The author paced it just so your interest continues at every turn of the page...just a beautiful tale of hope and love. Not only for family, but for a stranger that takes a risk to join you on a journey to a river. I give this book my thumbs up! Loved it!

  • Heather andrews
    2018-10-30 18:54

    I liked this book so much, and since the beginning of the book I was so gunning for Haven and River to get their issues worked out and be together. Haven she's just so pure there was literally nothing, flaws or otherwise wrong with her, she just had this perspective on life and you couldn't help but fall in love with her. River he's trying to do what's right by his family's name and not really in it for himself, that is until Haven comes along and challenges him, and makes him see things in a different view. Haven she's just...I loved her, "well, I know I ain't gotta, but you know how I hate taking free stuff without paying, and I'm thinking about those vegetables in that garden of yours." She's also not one to hold things back, "I'm stronger than I look, but I'm also not afraid to admit my weaknesses. I can give you the boxes from up here, but you're definitely more able to carry them." Sometimes I think it was the River (no not River himself) that brought the two together, it was like it knew these two souls needed each other. I'm also hoping for Roman's story to come next.

  • Ashley Ubinger
    2018-11-02 21:59

    Utterly amazing story! Well done AGAIN R.K! This is a love story, a story of learning oneself, a story of love and decication and so much more!You start off meeting Haven an amazingly strong willed young woman, born into poverty but learning from a wonderful mother how to accept the cards you are dealt and be strong. Haven works as a waitress to make ends meet for her and her mom while also taking care of a neighbor who turns to be her best friend! River a young man from old money doing what his father wants, his father is brutally murdered which leaves the family business and family in shambles.These 2 meet each other by chance and know from first glance they need each other..with out going into to much.. read the story of love, commitment, sadness, willpower, and faith in each other you will not regret this book or the emotional rollercoaster each charachter goes through.

  • Christina Silcox
    2018-11-04 18:04

    The Singing River is aptly titled, not just because of the legend in the book, but because the book itself has its own song. It flows, almost melodically from the pages as you read. The Singing River is an emotional and heart wrenching look into the lives of two very different people, each broken in their own way. R.K. Ryals manages to convey the deepest feelings through her words. The reality of those feelings, strikes you at your core. Each time I read one of her books, I don't think I can be more impressed than before, and each time, I am proven wrong. River and Haven's story moved me to tears, made me laugh, made me melt, and made me fall in love. Christina

  • Jacek
    2018-10-20 19:24

    Wow. I was pleasantly surprised at the writing. So poetic, inspiring, and passionate. I love this author's style, the story, and especially the characters. The heroine is one of the best. An old soul with anguish and determination. She's a role model. The development of her romance with River is beautiful. They have deep connections that have definitely turned into love and triumphed their differences. I really loved this book. And I can't wait for the Roman's story.

  • GinnyGallagher
    2018-11-10 20:57

    Fast Read -Well Written - Full of Emotion Grab the tissues before you start "The Singing River" by R.K. Ryals.I enjoyed the story, the characters, and found myself lost within the moments of several emotional scenes. Book works well as a stand alone but I'm looking forward to reading book 2 and spending more time with the great characters of R.K. Ryals "Legend Series".

  • Michelle
    2018-11-01 20:05

    Sometimes, when you finish a book I find myself having to just take some time to absorb it all, this was one of those books. This book had so much in it, love, loss, strength, perseverance, class differences, addiction, struggle and hardship and as much as it is gut-wrenching at times I also found myself almost with a sense of calm after I'd finished, as if things certain things had been put to rights, whether that is actually the case or not though, remains to be seen. I found this to be a really quite emotional book, I laughed, I cried, I rooted for the characters to get their happy endings, I really got involved in the storyline and everyone involved. This is the first book I've read by this author but I know in the future I will be reading more, the writing is emotional an descriptive without going overboard. This meant that I could picture, crystal clear in my head certain scenes as they played out, the authors words building the scene completely until I felt like I had been there and experienced it all with my own eyes. I may have fell a little bit in love with Haven, she was not the typical book female, she was in fact an extremely strong person, who carried no bitterness, didn't complain and actually just got her down and got on with it. She didn't exactly have an easy life, wrong side of the tracks, struggling for every penny was more her existence but not once did she bemoan her lot in life, she wasn't whiny or poor pity me and for that reason alone I wanted things to get better for her, I didn't want her to have to struggle, and face hardships cause she deserved so much more. River was in many ways her opposite, growing up on the right side of town, seemingly having an ideal life, but in reality, that came with its own issues. Again he wasn't really a character to moan, he wasn't happy but felt he had to do what was expected, mostly due to this sense of responsibility and propriety being drilled into him from a young age. Both had struggles, the same but different but in these struggles is where you see the strength of character they both posses. Roman too, is an intriguing character, I'm glad he's getting his own book cause I really wanna know more about him, I think he has the potential to be an amazing protagonist. The legend of the river is, in itself, a beautiful story and also the connection that brings these characters together without seeming contrived. My only (slight) issue with this book is the ending, if I'm being totally honest, I would've liked to see it slightly longer, though I'm sure the characters will still be featured quite heavily in the next book, I would've preferred a bit more exploration in this book. This is very much a book that will stay with me and I'll certainly read it again, I think there's a good chance that this book will be one of those that every time I read it I see things slightly differently, or more in depth than the time before, making it even better. Although this book does deal with some very serious issues in a real and upfront way I don't think that should be enough to put anyone off, it confronts the issues without shoving them down your throat, and overall is a fantastic read. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book with some substance without being overbearing, perfect for those book slump times, I really do believe if you're stuck in a rut and can't find anything to lift you back out, give this a go and you'll be back in no time :)

  • Crystal
    2018-11-08 22:21

    Responsibility is a Bitch...The South is still stuck on old money, blue blood, and the wrong side of the tracks. The wealth groups and classes don't mix, it's always been that way, especially for the Brayden's. With their father murdered a year ago, River went off to Harvard and Roman lives with their stepmother Marissa. Roman's life is in shambles. He's flunking school, on drugs, and gotten a girl pregnant. It's time that River confronts not only his demons, but the ones haunting his brother. Neither can forget the way their father died.A chance meeting... Haven and her mother struggle day to day. The only thing keeping them fed and with a roof over their heads is Haven's minimum wage job at the local Dairy Bar. Things are tough, her dad took off when she was 10 and left her to help pick up the pieces with her mother. While at work she meets River and Ramon. The two brothers are fighting and the police are called. Somehow a connection is made and River can't get the blond haired girl with the amazing green eyes out of his head.A piece of luck....Haven's mother goes for a job interview and gets a job that will turn things around. She also meets Uncle Marley Brayden who is writing a book about the Death Song a legend of an entire tribe marching to their death in the river. It is agreed with Haven's mother and Uncle Marley Brayden that Haven will go along on the expedition to the river.A coincidence that will change lives....River has had enough of Roman's way and is going to straighten him up one way or another. Their going with Uncle Marley to the river, where there are no pills and no distractions, for Roman that is. When the big black truck pulls up Haven sees River is the driver. There's excitement and trepidation. The pull is magnetic. Who is this girl? Does he just need an escape? Will Roman pull it together? Is the song real or legend? This book will pull at you emotionally. I felt a connection to all the characters. You will feel the joy of young love fighting against the odds. The sadness of loss of life and handling of grief. The fear of the unknown and warring emotions of things beyond your control. The match between Haven and River is one of need, understanding, and desire. Haven is the compliment the whole Brayden family needs and the Brayden family is the bond that Haven needs to share. She's been alone and in control too long. Her constant need to help makes the connections strong as they are in need of the help she offers. I await to see if there is a sequel for the ending and to see if Haven and River reunite after college. Will Roman find his justice and will River escape his responsibilities? Was River actually there to hurt Haven or rescue her from her life of despair?

  • Ann-marie
    2018-10-23 20:23

    I am a huge fan of RK Ryals; her books never disappoint. I’ve had this book on my Kindle for some time now, and I do not know what took me so long to read it, but I am glad I finally did. I usually read Paranormal books, and this was a nice change of pace. I especially like how each chapter you see it from a different characters point of view. IE: one chapter will be Haven, the next will be River. Haven Ambrose is a young woman living in a run-down trailer with her mom; working in the local diner to help make ends meet. Her love and loyalty for the only family she has keeps her from running off to college like she dreams of. She is a hard worker and a fighter, and realizes that nothing in life comes easily.River, on the other hand, has lived the privileged life. However, money does not buy happiness. His father was killed during a home robbery, leaving River, his brother Roman, and his step-mom behind to pick up the pieces. River is off to college, studying courses that he couldn’t care less about, instead of his true passion- weather. Roman is very troubled, and gives their step-mother a hard time daily. When River arrives home from college for the summer, he finds out that Roman is in deep with some kind of drug to heal the pain of losing their father. When he takes him out to lunch at the local diner, they have a chance encounter with a beautiful young waitress that captivates River. But then the brothers are kicked out of the diner for fighting, and neither Haven nor River can stop thinking about the other. After her shift at the diner, Haven’s mom lets her know that she finally found a job and that means that Haven can take a few days off to help a man with his investigation about the legend of the river. Since Haven knows the history of the legend, she makes a great asset. However, when he comes to pick her up, she is shocked to see River and Roman sitting in the truck as well. After all, that man is their uncle. River is hoping to help Roman through whatever demons he is dealing with, and Haven is looking forward to a few days off from work and responsibilities.River and Haven are drawn to each other, and the attraction is undeniable. Perhaps this camping trip is the perfect opportunity to find out what just might be.Over all, an amazing book that draws you in and keeps your attention until the very end. I am hoping to hear more of Roman’s struggles from his point in view in future novels.

  • Pyxi
    2018-11-01 20:59

    My review for: The Singing River by R.K. RyalsMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give it more I would!)Shanna RobersonFirst let me say that it is no secret that I adore this writer. I can say without a doubt that she is my all-time favorite author, out of both big press and indie. Her ability to capture your full attention with her uniqueness and never let go is a rarity in such a growing genre. With that said, The Singing River is her best work yet! It’s haunting, brutally honest and beautifully heartfelt. Being her debut in NA/Contemporary Romance genre, it is nothing short of brilliant.Haven Ambrose has been her mother’s rock for as long as she could remember. Even at eighteen years old, she works hard to keep them both a float. When her dad left, she knew that there was a difference between her wants and their responsibilities. Craving something more, but knowing that would only come if she could make sure her mom would be okay without her around. This summer was going to either make her or break her…River Brayden knows all about responsibilities. As the eldest son of a wealthy family, there are certain expectations of him. Even more so now that his father was brutally murdered. With only a year of Harvard under his belt, twenty year old, River is called home to try and reach his troubled younger brother before it is too late. In the heat of summer, brought together by local folklore; a girl from the other side of the tracks, a boy with everything but what he truly wants and a legend of a tragic love that ended in the death of entire tribe…this summer would change everything. Because the death chant that is said to heard across the Singing River is more than just a legend. It will be their awakening…The amount of emotion that this book wrenched from me is staggering. Ms. Ryals has this uncanny gift for making you fall madly in love with her characters. When they cried, you did too. There were actually times where I had to stop reading because the heartbreak was so real. She got a few ugly cries out of me with this one. It’s hauntingly beautiful and real. It is easily one of my favorite reads this year. Bravo, R. K Ryals…you did it again. There isn’t a genre out there that you couldn’t write and write well.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-26 17:56

    I'm having a book hangover with this one. You know how you walk around in a daze sometimes after reading a really great book? Yeah, I'm there. I should probably say something poetic about the story line and how it felt like a river, but at this point I'd probably drown in the metaphor. The Singing River was beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful. So much so that I'm planning on starting it over again in a few days. I'll refresh my review then, but for now, here's a brief overview...Haven Ambrose has had a hard life, but I'm pretty sure you're not going to tell her that. She's determined and hard working and loves her family with a fierce loyalty. River Brayden leads the charmed life: money and career and a place in the world. But things aren't always how they appear. River's father was brutally murdered and when he returns home for the summer, his finds his brother isn't faring as well in his attempt to hold things together. He agrees to stay on to help Roman, and circumstance brings the three of them to the Brayden cabin where a research project on the legend of the Singing River tests all their resolve. What I loved about this book was the incredible number of story lines and themes melded together to create a real, raw, and utterly captivating world. Haven is "just a waitress," but she's honest and noble. River seems to have it all, but he's trapped in a world of rules and expectations. Every character has their own turmoil, and the story speaks of struggle and desperation in a way that makes you hurt for them, want for them. It's the kind of book that will stick with you. The kind you remember.I loved it. Can't wait for more.

  • Linda
    2018-11-06 18:10

    I loved this book. It wasn't a full length novel, yet longer than a typical novella, but it was very well written; aside from a missed word or two. Being based in a small town, it read laid back and some may say kind of slow, but I loved the slow build up of the story and at the end, all of the questions I had were revealed with the potential for another book too. Although Haven liked simple things, she didn't come across as a small town girl. She didn't come from wealth, but her mother loved her and they did the best with what they had. Haven just finished high school and was on summer break. She worked hard to help out at home and didn't have a lot of friends, but she loved her mother, worried about her, all while trying to plan for a future for herself. They had a relationship that was close, and although Haven had other family, her mother was her whole world and vice versa.While at work she meets River and Roman. Boys from the "other" side of the tracks. Although they came from money, you learn there is a lot more to them than that. Life hasn't been easy. They lost their mother when young and their father recently. Not much in common between her and the boys, but they learn a lot while camping together along the river as they help the boys' uncle research the legend about the singing river. It really was a beautiful story about tragedy, yet finding a way to get past it with the help and healing of some unexpected relationships.

  • Tiffany Riach
    2018-10-20 18:10

    This book is amazing! It is not very often that I read a book that is out of the paranormal genre, but when the author asked me to review her book I am so glad I said yes. This book touched my heart and I could not put it down. It is such an emotional story of love, loss and strength.I loved all of the characters in this book and reading everything they had each been through. Haven Ambrose is by far one of my favorite characters I have ever read about. She is such a strong and amazing girl, working to take care of herself and her mother and putting her own dreams on hold to make sure her mother would be able to make it without her. Haven is able to bring out the best in everyone and when she finds herself spending a few days with River Brayden researching a local folklore it will end up changing both of their lives in ways they never thought was possible. The Singing River is a definite must read. R.K. Ryals is an amazing author and could not have done a better job writing this book.

  • Tasneem
    2018-11-06 20:54

    Wow, this book was simply amazing! Very well written. It made me really feel for the characters, the issues they had to live through and the strength they had to solve their problems. Haven was a very moral character. I loved her strength and will to fight. She wasnt perfect, she had her share of troubles and she was willing to make the most out of her life wih her own strength. She was one of those characters you looked upto and touched your heart. River was a very valuable character. Both him and Haven needed an escape from all their troubles and they found that in each other. We see him develop to someone who decides to take his life into his own hands and follow his dreams. I loved everything about this book, even the part that made me cry for 20 minutes straight! R.K Ryals is a legend! Her writing is great and always meaningful. She simply transports you into the book right from page 1. Definately a big fan!!

  • Alicia Michaels
    2018-10-22 19:55

    This is R.K. Ryals' first contemporary (non-paranormal) work, and while it is unlike her other books, it is IMHO her absolute best. There are some authors that NEED the paranormal or the fantasy to make them good writers. Strip that away and you've got a bland story. Not so with Ms Ryals, who relies on deep emotions, likeable characters, and strong prose that reads like poetry. This story felt particularly personal to me, in a way that took the story to another level. I loved everything about this book: the charming Southern setting, the characters (even the not so loveable ones) and the fact that this story was not, at its core, a romance per se. Yes, the romantic elements were there, but this, to me, was more a coming of age for two people, a growing up and a learning about the harsh realities of life and growing up.

  • Beatrix
    2018-11-12 18:16

    I'm giving this book an average grade.I really like the main idea, and the story has potential, but I felt like something was missing here.I had a feeling like everything happens in five days, everything is so rushed, the characters could have been more developed, the romance lacked chemistry..I've read some really nice reviews, so I've expected some nice writing, just more depth in general.The whole book could have been given more attention and detail.But overall, a cute story.

  • Paula (Poll) Conway
    2018-11-06 20:09

    A moving gentle love story that keeps you hoping for the HEA , 4.5 stars for me .

  • Shazza66
    2018-10-31 23:11

    A few tears of sadness however beautiful story.

  • Christine Bowden
    2018-10-20 23:21

    Absolutely captivating! This authors writing and her story captivated me. I cannot get enough of the way she writes...her characters, the way the story builds and draws you in. The way the emotion comes through her words. I’m hooked on everything R.K Ryals writes.

  • Isabel
    2018-11-13 01:12

    short but a good read

  • Potter's Copy Editing Services
    2018-10-23 21:11

    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.

  • DU418
    2018-11-12 17:07

    I came away from this book with a positive impression, but unsure if I could say I "liked" it due to the handful of negatives that bothered me.The best part of it, truthfully, was how the author set the scene. It had all the feel of the south. I could see the fork in the road, Mr. Nelson's trailer, Haven and her mother's. I understood the difference between decadence and poverty and in some part, identified with both. I felt the pull of the mystery of the river. Really excellent job of description.I also liked the characters. Haven was strong and stubborn and free-spirited. River was sexy as all get out. Even Roman, with his problems, and Marley were so well portrayed. I wanted to continue the journey with them, wanted to know how their lives went, and greater, want to know what happens in book 2.I found no grammar or spelling errors, and the plot moved well. The author kept me interested and left just enough hanging at the end for a pleasant experience. It had a decent ending. There were a few passages in the dialogue that went well over my head. It felt like I was supposed to read between the lines, not something I grasped very well.But, though the length was actually perfect for me ... I do not like long books ... the relationship between River and Haven felt rushed. I withheld my full opinion until reaching the end to see if the author would show that was deliberate or not. Sadly, it still feels rushed. I do like the electricity between them. That was nicely done. But any book that portrays people "hopping in bed" without any qualms or moral questioning of it bothers me. I am aware people have sex outside of marriage. I've read plenty of books with that in them. I simply prefer it not be presented as so "normal". Perhaps if they'd held off until after her mother's death it would have sat better with me.However ... though there was sex in the story, it was very well done and not erotic in nature. There is no description of body parts, only the inference of it. I appreciated that. I did not care for all the curse words, including use of the f-word more than once. It did feel like it belonged there given the darker parts of the story, but isn't appropriate for any story listed as young adult. This, the sex, and the rushed relationship gives this book a solid 4 stars.I do recommend it. It was a good read. But the reader should go into it knowing the content in advance, especially any parent guarding younger teens.

  •  Lady Krishna
    2018-11-10 17:22

    This book review was originally posted at my blog Journey with BooksIf you're not a new reader at Journey with Books, you'd know how much I loved R.K. Ryals' past books. The Singing River did not disappoint me. It was the perfect read for a girl like me who liked being touched deeply to the soul by a book she reads.The Singing River started out slow but it picks up and gets the reader's attention after the introduction of the characters. The plot is vague at first as you can read at the book blurb but I think it is better that way because then it will surprise you how good it really is. The twists and turns and the revelations are done in a manner that excites and sometimes breaks the heart of the reader. The characters are just simply awesome. Haven is a dreamer but also a realist. She knows that she has to work really hard to achieve her dreams. She's poor but she has a great relationship with her mother. River is a troubled young man. He may have every material things or riches one person could ever want but he's not happy. His family is a mess, he took a course in college he did not want and he is drowning in responsibilities his father left him. His world is literally upside down and he did not know where to start to fix things or if he could ever fix things.I love how River and Haven's paths crossed. No matter how different their status in life is, they are more alike than anyone could ever know. They bonded over the responsibilities they carry. What makes this book so special is that it's full emotion. It takes the reader inside the book and inside the characters' lives and makes them feel and experience every hurt, dilemma, happiness, anger and grief these characters felt. And no joke, I felt them all.R.K. Ryals is truly one of the most amazing published authors who knows how to make her readers feel. This author has a gift with words. Every word and phrase she has written in The Singing River is packed with emotions that a reader can feel bone deep.Overall, The Singing River is something a real book lover wouldn't want to miss. It's more than just a simple, sensual and sexy New Adult romance. This book is for everyone who craves for a quality book that will make them fall in love, make them think and make them cry.

  • Merisha28
    2018-11-09 19:03

    The Singing River by RK RyalsPrint Length: 277 pagesI received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!My Review~WOW What a great emotional READ! I absolutely adored and loved this book! There is always hope if you are broken and need escape. That is what the book is about. How three unlikely individuals come to connect and help each other in their time of need and when they are at rock bottom in life. Two different classes of people who help fix the other and find and unlikely and socially unacceptable love hidden amongst stolen moments. I loved this book this book! The writing is great and I absolutely loved the characters. The interactions between Haven and Riven added personality to this already great book which made it take a life on its own. This is an amazing read full of hope. What is life without hope?Amazon Book Description~NEW ADULT ROMANCE by Amazon bestselling author R.K. RyalsIn 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.