My book review of 'Go as a river' by Shelley Read

by Shelley Read
Go as a river
by Shelley Read

This was recommended to me by a couple of people recently, but I hadn't seen it promoted extensively so was intrigued to find out more.

It reminded me of 'Where the Crawdads Sing' and to an extent 'Crow Lake' by Mary Lawson - it's about a motherless young woman, looking after her father and brother in a rural community in America. I struggled a little at the beginning, but then I was hooked...

It's 1940s Colorado and Victoria is running the house while the men work the family's peach farm.

One day she meets Wilson Moon, a drifter, someone quite different from anyone she's ever known and there's an immediate attraction. Their bond offers hope and excitement for the future.

But tragedy strikes. Victoria is forced to leave her home and rely on the strength and resources she didn't realise she had, coping with loss, grief and regret.   

It was at this point that the book held me spellbound, and I was wrung through emotionally, page after page. Her experiences and her resulting life choices are harrowing, but feel authentic and beautifully told. It's a powerful, life-affirming book which left me a little breathless and teary as I turned the final page.

Review date: August 2023
Publication date: 13th April 2023