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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
American River: Tributaries is a work of historical fiction by author Mallory M. O’Connor, and the first book in the American River Trilogy. The story has its roots in the middle of the nineteenth century at Mockingbird Valley Ranch near the town of Auburn in Northern California, along the banks of the title’s American River. One hundred years later, the descendants of three immigrant families from Mockingbird Valley Ranch are going about the struggle of their daily lives when a decision by one of their number starts an interlinked chain of events. Despite their diverse lives and the three different cultures from which they originate, these tributaries all link back to the old river, back to Mockingbird Valley Ranch and the destinies they can’t escape.
What I particularly enjoyed about American River: Tributaries was the attention to detail that Mallory M. O’Connor puts into the cultural side of characterization. The roots of Irish, Japanese and Mexican culture are brought to life with such immersive detail that I felt I was directly involved in each of the characters’ lives in every scene. Whilst the novel itself tracks the life path of several couples and singles, the romantic element is very heavy and readers of traditional romantic and erotic fiction will find plenty to enjoy here as well. For me, the real story about the decisions made in life and the way your roots never truly leave you was what had me hooked. Overall, I’d definitely recommend American River: Tributaries to fans of both romance and family dramas.