The River by Denham Forrest

Author's Description:
A widowed man returns to take a walk along the river bank again. A place that's been special to him since his childhood. Only - because it was interrupted - his walk that day was to be a little different and it wasn't the first time that had happened to him either.
Size: 60 KB ( ~ 11,378 words)
Genre: Romantic
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Romantic

Review by rvbuilder   [other reviews by rvbuilder]

Reviewed: 2018-04-15 - (Review Updated: 2018-04-18)


Denham Forrest and his alter-ego “The Wanderer” mostly write stories about cheating and/or misunderstandings that lead to marriages going astray (often to be repaired much later). This story has none of that; it is instead a very heartwarming romance that unites two deserving people.

Out for a walk by himself, Bill Shaw pulls a pregnant young woman out of the river where she tried to drown herself. A couple passing by help Bill resuscitate the young woman (Bethany), barely saving her life. Immediately after the rescue, he disappears to avoid notoriety.

Bill has problems of his own: his wife, Mary, had complications during her pregnancy and died, along with their baby. Bill visits their graves almost every day, and that’s where he had been when he saved Bethany from drowning.

Bill meets up with the young couple again, who are now planning their wedding. The woman, Carrie, asks him to give her away in place of her late father. At the wedding rehearsal Bill finally meets Bethany. She is all over him, smothering him with kisses and hugs for saving her life. She hardly lets go of his arm so he can eat dinner! This actually gets a little embarrassing for him, because other people are giving them disapproving looks due to her pregnancy and the disparity of their ages.

What follows after that is a very heartwarming romance that has a few twists for Bill. Any reader of my reviews will know that I am a big sucker for a good romance story, and this one stays in my permanent collection. I highly recommend reading this tale, because it will leave you feeling good, and it doesn’t end the way you think it will.

As far as the scores, I am only giving it a six for technical because Mr. Forrest/The Wanderer really needs a good proofreader. I know he has thanked several editors in the past, but there are quite a few problems with this and other of his stories. That being said, none of those technical errors detract in any way from the story itself.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 6 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10