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The River's Gift (original 1999; edition 1999)
by Mercedes Lackey (Author)
The River's Gift by Mercedes Lackey (1999)
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Could have been longer. :-) ( )
Cute, a bit shallow - well, it is a fairy tale retelling (variant - I don't think this one exists, exactly). She is abandoning her people, at the end, but it's not like she has much choice in the matter. And a Kelpie swan-man is going to be interesting...I wouldn't mind seeing these characters again, somewhere.
Ariella lives a somewhat sheltered life in the family manor, under the watchful eye of old cousin Magda. Spending her free time in the forest, she discovers she has a talent for healing the woodland animals. Indeed, one day a handsome, wounded Kelpie, a water-living, magical creature in the shape of a horse, requires her assistance. Soon after, Ariella's world is shattered when tragedy befalls her father, and she is sent off to marry a horrible cousin. The River's Gift is filled with many, many predictable and clichéd story elements. However, for me it was a short, sweet escape from mundane reality during my lunch break.
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Award-winning author Peter S. Beagle presents a deeply personal story of dreams abandoned and recovered, friends loved and lost, and the strength it takes to let go...
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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