Annie and Adam Fielding's dreams of home and family on the Montana frontier shatter when malevolent post-partum depression plagues Annie's pregnancies. As their happiness and livelihood unravel, the only path ahead leads to injustice and unthinkable loss. Based on a true story, this eloquent tale of heartbreak and redemption will resonate powerfully with women today.
2018 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in West-Mountain - Best Regional Fiction
"Graceful and unflinching . . . a complex journey of grief, fulfillment, betrayal, and forgiveness." --Kirkus Reviews "Captivating . . . the writing is exquisite . . . weaves heartache and redemption together to illuminate the power of love in life's darkest moments."
"There is nothing I didn't love about this book. The language is exquisite, a mixture of steel and silkâ the narrative voice uncannily powerful and sure, yet tender. The story will grow tendrils around your heart, squeezing it until you can barely breathe. It's the story of one woman's tragic and puzzling mental frailty, but more, it is a love story, and a heart-rending study of the forced redefining of family. Trenchant dialogue and lyrical prose reveal the very soul of the unforgettable characters in this book. Recommended to any reader with a heart."
â ¨â ¨--Laurel Davis Huber, award-winning author of The Velveteen Daughter
â ¨â ¨â ¨"Heart-wrenching yet hopeful, The River by Starlight is a compelling and beautifully written debut novel."
â ¨â ¨--Ashley E. Sweeney, award-winning author of Eliza Waite
â ¨â ¨â ¨"Filled with vivid characters and descriptions, heartache, loss and the healing power of love, The River by Starlight is a tribute to so many women who were treated unjustly and who managed to find their way and survive. Bravo, Ellen Notbohm!"
â ¨ --Kris Radish, bestselling author of A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere
â ¨â ¨â ¨"The River by Starlight masterfully weaves the story of Annie and Adam Fielding, two star-crossed people who come together in an attempt to bring forth life on an early 20th-century farm in Montana. Rich with beautiful prose stitched together with authentic, shimmering dialogue and a love story that leaves you aching, Ellen Notbohm's debut novel is sure to stun."
â ¨â ¨--Michelle Cox, award-winning author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series
â ¨â ¨â ¨"The River by Starlight superbly captures the landscape of early 20th century American West, and the hearts and minds of those who lived there. Notbohm courageously explores life's challenges and mysteries, proving we know not what Mother Nature will deliver nor what secrets our loved ones hold. She deftly depicts vivid settings, expertly portrays memorable characters who are simultaneously fierce and fragile, and artfully develops complex relationships. The prose is beautiful; the dialogue is spot-on; the research is thorough; and the story told so well pages turn themselves. Ultimately, she knits a powerful story with contemporary questions that resonate long after the book is closed."
â ¨â ¨--Romalyn Tilghman, award-winning author of To the Stars Through Difficulties
"A ten for voice and originality. Some of the best dialogue I've read, a voice that held me spellbound and a story that kept me turning the page. I surprised myself by shedding tears of joy and sorrow as I read; the story is like a symphony in the nuanced way it's handled."
--Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover and six other writing books