The River Witch by Kimberly Brock

The River Witch

byKimberly Brock

Kobo ebook | April 6, 2012

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Broken in body and spirit, she secludes herself in the mystical wilderness of a Georgia island. Can she find herself in the sweetness of old songs, old ways, and the gentle magic of the river people?

"Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not miss."-Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Gods in Alabama

"Kimberly Brock's The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve-story and character that linger in the reader's consciousness. Such is the power of Roslyn Byrne, who retreats to Manny's Island, Georgia, in search of herself, only to discover her great need of others. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise."-Terry Kay, internationally known author of the classic novel, To Dance With The White Dog

"There is magic and wonder in The River Witch, but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery."- Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Ballad of Tom Dooley

"With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life." -Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Perfect Love Song

Kimberly Brock is a native Southerner, a former actor and special needs educator. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines. She lives with her husband and three children north of Atlanta, Georgia. The River Witch is her first novel. Visit her at
Title:The River WitchFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 6, 2012Publisher:BelleBooks Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1611941415

ISBN - 13:9781611941418

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wouldn't recommend I really wanted to love this book. It has so much going for it: a lush setting, wonderful and engaging characters, a compelling premise. Ultimately the novel falls down on execution. The author never fully commits to the genre of magical realism, so the world and the story feel like something is missing. Likewise there are continuity gaps that make certain aspects of the novel difficult to parse together. This is Kimberly Brock's first novel, so I hope she will 1` work out some of the kinks in her storytelling because she has loads of potential!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing!! Story Description: BelleBooks|April 6, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-61194-123-4 Broken in body and spirit, thirty-year-old, Roslyn Byrne secludes herself in the mystical wilderness of Manny’s Island Georgia. Can she find herself in the sweetness of old songs, old ways, and the gentle magic of the river people? Kimberly Brock is a native Southerner, a former actor and special needs educator. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines. She lives with her husband and three children north of Atlanta, Georgia. The River Witch is her first novel. Visit her at My Review: Roslyn secludes herself in the wilds of a Georgia island surrounded by beauty and a beautiful river. After an accident that ended her dream of becoming a ballerina and losing a baby, she spends two months is this mystical and strange place with which she learns to come to terms with the river people and her life. I was mesmerized by this story from beginning to end and read it in one sitting. It was like paddling my own canoe down the lazy river partaking in the lives of the characters who were so clearly defined that I felt I knew each on intimately. The Trezevant family was an odd bunch all searching for something in this life while listening with their hearts to the stories of the past. This novel evoked a great deal of emotion for me. Little ten-year-old, Damascus was an absolute charmer who lost her mother to cancer at very young age and was left with her angry, non-responsive, unemotional father who rarely spoke to her except to say things like: “Do we got milk?” or “Can I run that laundry?” She received no affection from him whatsoever, that she got from visiting the elderly at the local nursing home by allowing the old people to touch her, pat her on the head, and hold onto her hands. She said “they just love it….it’s kind of gross.” I think Damascus loved it as much as they did for it was really the only form of affection she herself got and that made me terribly sad. However, Damascus introduces, Roslyn to alligators and hoodoo magic in this gothic setting. I was immensely disappointed when her father, Urey didn’t have the decency to show up at the family dinner Damascus had worked so hard to prepare. And I thought to myself, “How DARE he show up at the end and waltz in after it was over and Damascus and JB were out canoeing on river.” I loved that Roslyn slapped the pie plate off the table and told him he didn’t deserve to eat even that one chunk of crust in the bottom of the pan. I could picture myself standing beside Roslyn waiting for her to finish berating him just so I could lite into him myself! Roslyn, Aunt Ivy, and her cousin, JB were influences in her life and provided her with most of the things she needed. Aunt Ivy homeschooled Damascus, JB spent a lot of time with her and Roslyn presented as a friend, but also entertainment for Damascus in trying to figure out exactly who this woman was that rented their summer cottage. But no one can take the place of real mother and father. The ending was totally, totally unexpected regarding the letter and seeds that Damascus’s mother left behind for her before she died. What letter and seeds you ask? You’ll have to read the story to find out. Kimberly Brock’s debut novel The River Witch is a beautifully written story of enchantment and intrigue and loss and healing complete with rich and vibrant imagery. It was like listening to the voices carry across the water in the dark of night. I felt immensely close to each of the characters and like them all for various reasons. Each brought an important part to the story and without their input the story wouldn’t be what it was. In my opinion both Roslyn and Damascus’s stories were equally heartbreaking. This is one book I’ll be highly recommending and kudos to you Ms. Brock for a well-written novel! Congratulations and well done! This is one story that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. I can’t wait for a second book.
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The River Witch--Thoroughly Enjoyable! The River Witch is a love story. Not a love story in the conventional sense; but, it’s a story about the love of lost things, new things, things not known, and things learned. It’s a love story of life, living and, of a young girl and her family on an island off the coast of Georgia. It’s the story of a learned renewal of spirit when a dancer loses everything she has known and counted on in life. It’s a story you will want to read. . . . Roslyn Byrne, after an accident, secludes herself on an island off the coast of Georgia to heal from not only her physical wounds, but her emotional ones as well. She will never dance again. She will never star in a famous dance company again. She will never be able to count on the one thing she knows best--ballet. Or will she? Damascus is a ten-year-old who has lived more than a young life should have at her age. She runs wild most of the time on the island. Her father doesn’t know what to do with her since the loss of his wife; and he too, is trying to figure out for himself the whys and reasons that come with a deep, despairing grief. That leaves little time to be there for a young girl who reminds him so much of the thing he is grieving most. The River Witch is a novel flavored with bits of voodoo, alligators that tell tales, and magical summer days that teach what it means to be alive and how to live and love again. Why not join them in their quest . . . ?
Date published: 2012-09-01