Athol Dickson's River Rising was the best summer read out of all the books I read. It's said to be Louisiana's To Kill a Mockingbird, and I believe it after reading it. Set in Louisiana in 1927, it's a novel that takes you back to slavery in a way you never anticipate. Reverend Hale Poser is the main character. He seems to rise out of the mist looking for his roots. Reared in an orphanage, he's searching for his past. When a child goes missing, he refuses to give up the search though others say it's no use. With nothing more than an old, leaky pirogue, he continues the search alone through the Louisiana swamp and bayous. This is a book I'm glad I didn't miss. If you haven't read it, check it out. You won't be sorry. I loved it. No, it's not a romance novel, Kendra J. Published by Bethany House. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I bought a beautiful hardback book for only one cent. The shipping cost more than the book. Barnes and Noble still has the hardback for one cent, so take advantage of it. June Foster said Athol Dickson is the author she'd most like to meet. If you would like this beautiful book, grab it for a penny. It's a beautifully woven story and a beautiful book inside and out.