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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In The River Nymph by Anne Lovett, Tenny runs away from home, hoping to leave behind all the pain from her childhood. Her brother had gone off to war, never to return home, and Tenny is determined to find him. Tenny wishes to make something out of her disheartening situation and go back for her sister. She arrives at Ashbyville, Georgia unsure of what course her life will take. Her first days are fraught with obstacles but Tenny knows she has no place to go back to. Meanwhile, Pete and Gussie, two cousins from Ashbyville, meet Tenny by chance. Pete is beguiled by the image taken by Gussie, the image of the girl at the river. Gussie longs for a different lifestyle from her mother’s. She intends to become a renowned photographer but is she too far ahead of her time?
Anne Lovett’s The River Nymph follows Tenny’s story as she runs away and arrives in Ashbyville and her life after that. Her tenacity is inspiring as she fights every impediment on her path to following her dreams. The supporting characters anchor the story as their roles build the themes of the book. The work is also a heartfelt recollection of the drawbacks women in the early 1900s endured, yet they chose to hold on to their dreams and pave the way for others behind them. It also touches on social and political issues prevalent in that era, including racism. The plot is made compelling by the twists that each character encounters and lives through. The River Nymph by Anne Lovett is inspiring, making it a great book for readers who enjoy thought-provoking novels.