American River: Tributaries was featured as Book of the Day on the OnlineBookClub.org site February 18. it was a lot of fun to get feedback from book club members! Here are some of their comments:
Reyvrex Questor Reyes (Australia)
The various cultures that contributed to the forming of the great cultural diversity that was the assemblage of American Culture were given cognizance in this book by Mallory M. O’Connor. Indeed, the pioneers took the pains and risk, transporting their families across the wilderness amidst threat of drought, famine, and attacks from indigenous tribes already roaming the great plains. This is a great book.
Jay Perry (California)
I like the physical anchoring of this book. The descriptions of place reminded me a bit of some of Muir’s writings. I am enjoying the stories and look forward to reading more.
Vinod Kumar (India)
American River is a well written historical novel centered on the lives of several immigrant families in northern California. The character development was so interesting! I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Stephanie Hoogstad (California)
I love learning about different cultures, and I think this narrative about intertwining immigrant experiences is perfect for that. The different layers of characters, plots, and times just make this novel sound even more compelling.
Michelle Stockard Miller (Tennessee)
This book of historical fiction tackles many subjects that are significant in our world today. I like that idea! It is receiving some high marks on Amazon too. 67 percent average in five star reviews. Impressive!
April Hudson (Louisiana)
This is the first historical Fiction story that I actually enjoyed and am looking forward to finishing !!!! I’m only in chapter 10 but I love it all new generation descendants from 1 family. This is awesome!
Ashley Eidler (USA)
This is such a fascinating premise for a story. I really enjoy reading about diverse cultures, and it looks like the author did a great job of depicting them. I’ve always loved the melting pot nature of the US.
Cameron Arsenault (Canada)
Books like these can definitely act as an education piece for immigrants and non immigrants alike. We are often too concentrated on our own story to care about the story of others and although this one doesn’t seem perfect, it sounds like an excellent way for us to expand our horizons.
Immigration stories are always very rich and insightful. Add a historical element to it with a tinge of unlikely romance and the book is ready to fly! I plan to read this!!
Melissa Wilson (Pennsylvania)
As a history lover I was captured from the beginning. Following three immigrant families through different eras was interesting. Great book to be turned into a TV series or movie.
Dustin Brown (Spain)
The sample had some really great writing. Just those first three paragraphs had me hooked with those descriptions and that style. Already added to my to-read list.
Alice Heritage (Austria)
That’s a beautiful cover reflecting the book’s themes of legacy and connection. This sounds like a fascinating tale of America’s cultural diversity, covering multiple issues. Congratulations on the high ratings.
Seraphia Bunny Sparks (Texas)
The author has really piqued my interest in telling me that three immigrant families move to California, but a century later only one family remains. I’m immediately curious to know what happened to the other two families and which family is the one who still remains. I pick and choose my historical fiction novels, but I may be adding this one to my to-be-read shelf!
America used to be a haven for people fleeing the cruelty and persecution in their countries. It is sad that the present regime seems to have the opposite in mind.
This book shows the struggles of three families from three continents as they established roots in a new home country. The writing is artistic, the concept splendid, and the characters relatable.
Marika Charalambous (Cyprus)
With what is going on in America right now, this is a very hot topic, one that should not be easily dismissed. These are real people with real problems, and the book shows these in great detail.
Rohena Ward Round (Australia)
Intertwined and separate stories of three families – ancestors and inheritors – plot a story of change and growth in the landscape, the homes, the fortunes, the lives and internal characters of the many family members. Not normally a genre that I would select to read, but the sample demonstrated quality writing with attention to detail.
Cassy Zeimantz (Idaho)
I feel more books should be written about modern struggles. This book is a breath of fresh air.