by Bernard Jan
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Bernard Jan (April 3, 2020)
Publication Date: April 3, 2020
Genre: Relationship Fiction
Print Length: 223 pages
Available from: Amazon
Five friends. One dog. One river carrying a secret.
When one of their friends goes missing, everything comes crashing down for the small group of childhood friends in the small town of Greenfield. Ethan takes it hard. Then he loses his dog, his only consolation.
Hoping to start anew, Ethan leaves Greenfield and moves to New York City. Far from the ghosts of his childhood and the river that gives and takes life. There he finds his one true love and builds a career as a bestselling author.
But how long will Ethan’s happiness last as doubts creep back into him and shatter his reality? And will his reconciliation with the past come at too great a price?
All rivers carry their secrets, but not every river keeps its secret forever.
January River by Bernard Jan
Theirs was an idyllic town, until the loss of one boy crushes the delicate bonds of childhood for five friends who grow up to go their separate ways, secrets and shame intact. When Ethan comes home again, he has become an adult, has faced the best and worst life has to offer, yet still relies on his animal companion as a compass for his future as he comes to terms with an event that terrified him in his youth. Will the truth set him free or destroy the life he has grown up to life?
Bernard Jan writes from the heart with a gentle pen, never going for shock value. JANUARY RIVER is a beautiful landscape of words, of emotions and a final coming of age for a man with secrets to unburden. Within this tale is a tale of love for a pet, its companionship, its acceptance of their “person,” no matter what. Can humanity accept each other as well?
An emotional rollercoaster of life, loss and coming to terms with mistakes made in youth. Lyrical writing flows across each page with a freshness that cannot be put down. If you haven't read anything by this talented author, you are missing out on a treasure trove of reading.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Bernard Jan! This is my honest and voluntary review.