“River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose” – Sneak Preview Excerpt #GreatSummerReading #BooksforSummer

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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(Anna is now 87 years old, and is telling the story reflecting back on her childhood. Here, in this scene, she was 12 years old, and her twin brothers, 15.)

Now, looking back, all I can say is, it’s just as old Sam said. It’s hard to really know because at first there is no change that you can notice around you—no obvious ones anyway. No one was ever really certain that it could be pinpointed to one exact location. But then, the folks around here had always known that the river has a kind of personality of its own. It was like the way things happened, it seemed to keep everyone guessing. After all, we all knew that the river had secrets it would never tell.

We got off of our horses and tied them to some nearby trees, then just walked around admiring the beauty of the place. All we were really thinking of at the time was that it was a nice place to stop. It didn’t seem a possibility in our minds at the time that we might have found the secret place. But then, the river itself wouldn’t have told us if we had.

We ran through the trees and climbed the rocks like silly children, laughing the whole time. But then, as we looked down into the water, once again, something about it seemed to beckon us.

I stood there, looking at my reflection in the water as we let our horses drink their fill of it. I looked every bit of my twelve years, although I had often been told I looked older than I was. But then, something in the water seemed to beckon me to come a little closer. It was like it suddenly seemed to take on a life of its own, like some sort of magical rippling effect in the water, making you want to reach down and touch it. Perhaps it was just that curiosity that seemed to have taken ahold of each of us. I would never know for sure. It was when I reached down with my fingers and touched the water that I knew immediately that something had changed.

The wind blew a little differently, somewhat stronger. All of a sudden it was late in the day. I looked around. The horses were gone. My brothers were gone. There was no one but me. It was later in the afternoon. At first it seemed nothing around me had changed that much. But then, as I looked around, I began to realize what my mind did not want to accept. I had somehow gone to another time.

You’ll want to be sure to add this one to your summer reading collection! Then, check back soon for the second book in the series, “Return to the River, Scent of the Rose”! Subscribe to my email via the tab above, so you’ll be sure to get email updates and be sure you don’t miss out!

Now, for a special treat, here is a Trailer Preview for the movie, adapted from a children’s book by Natalie Babbit, which was the inspiration for the “Enchanted River of the Rose” series. Also, a big thank you goes to my wonderful son, Joshua, who got me addicted to this lovely and enchanting movie, which starred Sissy Spacek. Here it is, enjoy!

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Author: Flossie Stewart, Author

My husband, Keith and I live in North Carolina where I enjoy working on my books as well as singing and song writing. I came by my writing honestly, inspired by my mother, who was my first "teacher". I write powerful, emotionally moving stories that take the reader on a journey, and leave you inspired to dream and believe in the impossible. Quite often, my stories include romantic twists as well. To me, writing is like "painting a picture" on the canvas of the reader's mind. When I'm not writing, my husband and I also enjoy spending time with my grandsons and our families, being active with our church family, trips to the beach and to the mountains, and I love an evening sitting out by the fire at a cozy log cabin or just at home with the ones I love. In addition to my first two books, "Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind" and "River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose", which are available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions, and Barnes and Noble in print and Nook (ebook) versions, I am currently working on other exciting novels which will be available soon. I'll keep you posted! If you've read any of my books and liked them, please consider stopping back by either the Amazon or B&N pages where they are featured and leaving a customer review! Your feedback is important, after all, you all are the reasons I keep writing! Thank you for visiting my page!

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