Friday, April 19, 2013

Redemption on the River: Review

Redemption on the River
Redemption on the River
Author: Loren DeShon
Publisher: Loren DeShon
Pages: 390


Silas Jacobson pulled a trigger, killed his father, and ended up months later face down in Memphis mud, trying to forget the girl who betrayed him.

Silas buries his father on the farm, his guilt in himself and leaves home seeking to forget past mistakes. He travels on Mississippi steamboats and meets his best friend in a brawl, his worst enemy in a cathouse, and a mentor and lover at a New Orleans faro table. Fighting, fornicating, and cheating at cards are a grand time, but there's another woman, a girl on a mission of her own, who saves his life and offers the opportunity to redeem himself.

Silas staggers out of the mud to go to her, but he finds that she's deceived him from the start. He'll risk his neck for her—he owes her that much—but love is no longer possible. His shot at redemption comes down to his conscience, the two women, a poker game, and the turn of a card.

Redemption on the River is historical fiction set along the Mississippi River in 1848. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Silas felt responsible for his father's death and leaves home to try and forget. He ends up on a Mississippi steam boat and meets the love of his life but realizes that she has a secret past and has deceived him. He will still risk his life for her. Silas grows a lot as a person throughout the story. He was raised on a farm that did not own or use slaves. Because of this he didn't realize how horrible being enslaved was until his travels and until he witnessed it.

This was a pretty long book at almost 400 pages but I really, really liked it. I love historical fiction so it was fun learning about the parts of this book that truly did happen. I found it very interesting and there are facts in the back of the book that I really enjoyed looking through. It seems like I learn more while reading historical fiction books than I did in school! (haha) There is a lot about fighting, gambling, and slavery in this book so if any of this interests you then you'll probably enjoy it too and of course there's a love story thrown in. I learned a lot that I didn't already know by reading this book. You should check this one out!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



  1. I shall have to get my hands on this. Good review!

    1. William, I will be having a giveaway for this book coming up in the near future! Keep your eyes peeled. ;)


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