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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The River Remembers is a work of historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and cross-cultural themes. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by Linda Ulleseit. In this poignant and compelling historical drama, we find ourselves in the early 19th century with our three central protagonists: Samantha Lockwood, Day Sets, and Harriet Robinson. White, Native American, and Black narratives intertwine on the frontier as these very different women search for love, companionship, and a better future for their children in a rough world where men rule all and the boundaries between races and their chances in life are harshly set.
Linda Ulleseit brings together her triple-stranded narrative incredibly well to create a novel about the American frontier that is unlike anything I have encountered. There is something quintessentially feminine about the work, which is rooted in motherhood and sisterhood. This gives the story a deep emotional grounding, yet it extends far beyond the realms of typical women’s fiction and offers a universal message about society, culture, acceptance, and banding together for a better tomorrow. I particularly loved the dialogue and found it deeply compelling to hear the different perspectives and how the narrative skill of the author molded itself to each woman to speak accurately about her experience and heritage. I think that perhaps Day Sets was my favorite of the three central women, although every reader will find something touching to cling to in this rich tale. I would not hesitate to recommend The River Remembers to historical fiction fans everywhere. You won’t regret it.