Darcie Chan

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Darcie Chan was born in Wisconsin but grew up in various places because her father's job of school psychologist and school administrator caused them to move often. She lived in Indiana and Colorado for a tme while attending school. She went to college at Indiana University, a major research visa mer institution and majored in biology on her way to medical school. However, in junior year she changed her major to English and aimed for law school. She earned her environmental science certificate frin IU, which increased her interest in environmental law. She attended law school at the University of Baltimore. She finished her law degree and took a job with the United States Senate drafting environmental and natural resource legislation. In the evenings she began to write The Mill River Recluse, her first novel. In May 2011 she uploaded her novel to the Kindle Store and everything changed quickly. It hit the New York Times bestseller list three months later, and the Wall Street Journal ran a story about it in December 2011. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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I really enjoyed this book. It definitely kept me wanting more.
mjphillips | 39 andra recensioner | Feb 23, 2024 |
Unusual and pretty good story about woman with an extreme anxiety, agoraphobia illness. She gets to know her town from the local priest.
bentstoker | 39 andra recensioner | Jan 26, 2024 |
I fall just short of 5 stars, since the description for 5 stars says "amazing" but 4.5 stars for sure. The characters are well developed, you feel like you live there. just enough mystery and action to keep you reading. a feel good book that almost had me crying in the end.
Asauer72 | 39 andra recensioner | Jul 3, 2023 |
Josie DiSanti moves after losing her husband in a fire that burned down the house to the little town of Mill River with her two small children, Rose, and Emily, to live with her aunt Ivy.  As they grown up the girls are inseparable but a terrible accident tears them apart. Years later they return to the town for the reading of their mother’s testament.  They learn that Josie will do anything to reconcile her two daughters. The sisters must move into neighboring houses during the summer and work together to find Josie’s safe deposit box which contains their inheritance...

I got a chance to read Darcie Chen's “The Mill River Redemption”, her second book after “The Mill River Recluse”. I have not read the first book, but I don’t feel that you need to, even though I must say I am a bit tempted.

This is not the usual book I go for. But I felt intrigued when I read what the book was about. About a small little town, a town where everyone knows everyone and two sisters that have to return to fulfill their mother's last will to be able to inherit. But nothing is easy; they haven’t spoke to each other for years and something putting two people together that are angry with each other can cause blowups.

In the book, we follow Josie in the 1980-90s building a life for herself and her children parallel with her children as grownups coming back to town and trying to find the key to the safe deposit box. I liked it at the same time you get to know the people in the past you also get to know them as grownups and, in the end, the past story reveals why they are estranged.

Rose and Emily are very different, Rose is superficial and Emily is down to earth. And there we have my biggest problem with the book. Emily is the good and Rose the bad daughter.  The story is written so you will feel for Emily always, it is she who got hurt, and it is she who always does the right thing. After a while, it feels like everything Rose does is to hurt everyone around here. Of course, it could be the alcohol talking, she is alcoholic, but I don’t buy it all the way. By always making it Rose’s fault then the book loses a bit of a credibility because not everyone is perfect and not everyone is bad. And I feel that the book had been better if they both had been portrayed with flaws instead of just Rose.

But besides that, I mostly enjoyed the book. It was a bit weird reading about Claudia and Kyle in the book, at first, I didn’t understand why there were chapters about their life in the middle of the story about Emily and Rose, but I figured that their story had something to do with the first book and I was right.

I received a free copy of this book from Brown Book Group in exchange for an honest review, thank you! I also want to thank Brown Book Group for letting me participate in the "The Mill River Redemption blog tour"! 
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MaraBlaise | 8 andra recensioner | Jul 23, 2022 |



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