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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Darcie Chan Narrator: Amy Rubinate Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mill River Series Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780553398090
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Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont.

Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary.

Newcomers to Mill River—a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher—are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps—one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A heartwarming story. Examiner.com
  • Chan does an amazing job with pacing while maintaining continuity and weaving universal themes such as friendship, love, new beginnings and overcoming adversities into small town life. RT Book Reviews
     
  • This debut novel is a genre-breaking thriller with romantic overtones that should appeal to both men and women. Huntington News
     
  • Chan’s compassionate novel . . . blends elements of mystery, suspense and romance . . . [and] culminates in a beautifully rendered denouement that rekindles hope for a troubled world. Shelf Awareness
  • [Darcie] Chan’s sweet novel displays her talent. . . . A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together. Kirkus Reviews
  • A real page-turner. IndieReader
  • “Possessing multiple storylines, both past and present, The Mill River Recluse takes an introspective look at the life of widow and recluse Mary McAllister and her far-reaching impact on the small town of Mill River…Chan does an amazing job with pacing while maintaining continuity and weaving universal themes such as friendship, love, new beginnings, and overcoming adversities into small town life.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “The hardworking people of a small Vermont town are on the receiving end of a benefactress’ goodwill…A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together.”

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About the Author

Darcie Chan is a former lawyer and the self-published author of The Mill River Recluse, her debut e-book that appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for more than thirty weeks. She now writes fiction full-time and lives in New York with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 250 audiobooks and won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her books have been selected for AudioFile’s Best Romance of 2016 list; Booklist’s Top 10 Romance, Top 10 Historical Fiction, Editor’s Choice Media; and YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and won state and national awards for poetry reading. A voice actor and singer for over a decade, Amy has narrated many interactive children’s books and provided character voices for toys and video games. Amy’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.