The River Wife

  • by Jonis Agee
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an earthquake brings Annie Lark's Missouri house down on top of her, she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam, facing certain death. Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme, Annie learns to love the strong, brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his "River Wife". More than a century later, in 1930, Hedie Rails comes to Jacques' Landing to marry Clement Ducharme, a direct descendant of the fur trapper and river pirate, and the young couple begin their life together in the very house Jacques built for Annie so long ago. When, night after late night, mysterious phone calls take Clement from their home, a pregnant Hedie finds comfort in Annie's leather-bound journals. But as she reads of the sinister dealings and horrendous misunderstandings that spelled out tragedy for the rescued bride, Hedie fears that her own life is paralleling Annie's, and that history is repeating itself with Jacques' kin.Among the family's papers, Hedie encounters three other strong-willed women who helped shape Jacques Ducharme's life. Their stories, together with Annie's, weave a haunting tale of this mysterious, seductive, and ultimately dangerous man, a man whose hand stretched over generations of women at a bend in the river where fate and desire collided.

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What the Critics Say

"Lush historical detail, a plot brimming with danger, love and betrayal, and a magnificent cast [of characters]...will keep readers entranced." (Publishers Weekly)
"This mesmerizing saga, teeming with memorable characters, sharp depictions of frontier life, and lucid, beautifully wrought prose, will haunt readers long afterward." (Booklist)

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Don't Mess with the French!

This was a story split in three, charting the lives of wives at Jacques Landing. The River of the story brings love to patriarch Jacques, but also sorrow and danger as piracy, slave trading and family loss flow with its currents.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape