American River


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
394 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2018
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Mallory M. O’Connor is a writer, art historian, musician, and professor emerita at Santa Fe College where she taught art history and served as director of the Santa Fe Art Gallery. O’Connor holds master’s degrees in both American history and art history from Ohio University, and has also lived in California, Florida, Mexico and Tennessee. She is the author of two non-fiction art history books, both published by the University Press of Florida. Since retiring from her position at SFC, Mallory has written three novels, the American River Trilogy. Book One, American River: Tributaries, was published in 2017 and recently won First Prize in the Fiction Category from Northern California Publishers and Authors. The book also won the President’s Award for Fiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Book two of the trilogy, American River: Currents, was published in 2018. Book three, American River: Confluence, is scheduled for a November 2018 release.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

American River: Tributaries is a work of historical fiction by author Mallory M. O’Connor, and the first book in the American River Trilogy. The story has its roots in the middle of the nineteenth century at Mockingbird Valley Ranch near the town of Auburn in Northern California, along the banks of the title’s American River. One hundred years later, the descendants of three immigrant families from Mockingbird Valley Ranch are going about the struggle of their daily lives when a decision by one of their number starts an interlinked chain of events. Despite their diverse lives and the three different cultures from which they originate, these tributaries all link back to the old river, back to Mockingbird Valley Ranch and the destinies they can’t escape.

What I particularly enjoyed about American River: Tributaries was the attention to detail that Mallory M. O’Connor puts into the cultural side of characterization. The roots of Irish, Japanese and Mexican culture are brought to life with such immersive detail that I felt I was directly involved in each of the characters’ lives in every scene. Whilst the novel itself tracks the life path of several couples and singles, the romantic element is very heavy and readers of traditional romantic and erotic fiction will find plenty to enjoy here as well. For me, the real story about the decisions made in life and the way your roots never truly leave you was what had me hooked. Overall, I’d definitely recommend American River: Tributaries to fans of both romance and family dramas.