Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband’s infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson. Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew – the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. From her first step inside the dusty cabin, Mia is fascinated by the traces of Kate’s mysterious story . . . especially when she discovers Kate’s journal. The inspiring words of the remarkable woman echo across the years, and Kate’s wise words comparing life to a river resonate deeply. Mia feels a strange kinship with the woman who, like her, suffered fears, betrayal, the death of loved ones, and a fall from grace – yet found strength, compassion and, ultimately, forgiveness in her isolation. As the true story emerges, its power reopens old wounds, but also brings a transforming healing for Mia, for Kate’s descendants, and for all those in Mia’s new community.
I purchased this book, my first by Ms. Monroe, and couldn't put it down. It is a wonderful book of a journey that many women may need to take. . . it is filled with hope, sadness at what is lost to us, faith, inner strength, condemnation by others, resolution and acceptance, and inspiration to go on when we may not want to . . .so many things rolled into one book. It is the kind of book that a woman hopes would happen to her at a time in her life when she needs it the most.