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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
What happens when the one person who gave meaning to one’s life passes on? Aaliya Reiner seems to lose her grip on life after the death of her mother, and things don’t seem to get better with her sister, Maddalena, who’s estranged and happily enjoying the benefits that come in a marriage of power and opulence. Aaliya takes refuge in a clandestine love affair, hoping to fill the void left by her mother’s death. It is not long before things start going awry for the two sisters and they begin to understand how much they need each other. The River and the Ravages by JM Lawler is a powerful story that centers on family, political chaos, and identity. Follow the story of two sisters as they struggle to create a space for themselves in a world that is quickly becoming ruthless and unforgiving.
Character-driven and focused on a strong conflict, The River and the Ravages will give readers great entertainment, exploring issues that affect the lives of many people today. The reader is transported to a well-defined fictional setting and the complex world of a woman’s heart. The characters are well-developed and readers will be keen to notice how they change throughout the story. I love stories where characters outgrow themselves, where lessons are learned the hard way, and where a conflict drives the protagonist to seek solutions, and this is one such book. Written in very clear and beautiful prose, JM Lawler’s novel is both inspiring and entertaining. This is one of the finest books I have read on women’s issues, a book with characters that are real.