Ritual River by Nancy Sales Cash

     Ritualriver      When Carol Mattox was a teenager, Winston Wolfe saved her life during a rafting trip on the Nantahala. She fell in love with him, but their romance was cut short by her parents’ opposition. Now she re-encounters him and wonders if it’s too late for a fresh start. She is deeply troubled by stories of an ancient Indian curse on her family–and, whether the legends are true or not, it is a fact that the eldest child in each generation has died. This story is interwoven with the tale of Isabelle, a long-ago relative of Carol’s, who fell in love with a Cherokee Indian named Wolf during the days of the Trail of Tears and faced harsh opposition from her brother. The two stories, one from modern times and one from the past, become more closely connected near the end of the novel, as the threat of the curse on Carol’s family increases and suspense builds.

 The author is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate now living in Asheville.

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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