Review: River Queens by Alexander Watson

River Queens

Author: Alexander Watson

Published: October 15, 2018

Publisher: Orange Frazer Press

Format: Hardcover

Source: Author Request

Two men and a spotted dog restore a vintage Chris-Craft motor yacht and launch across the American Heartland from Texas to Ohio. The restoration, the people they met along the way, and life in an America which few know exists are the story of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America.

I was approached by the author to review this book early in my blogging days.  I am ashamed to say that I’ve just now gotten to it with my blog tour commitments and NetGalley queue.  I should have read this a long time ago!  This is a story about the human condition, acceptance, and finding yourself in the most unexpected places.  From page 1 of the prologue, I was hooked, line, and sinker.  I had no idea what I was in for and it turned into the most interesting read of this year.  I understand the reviews from my fellow readers.  This book is an experience.  Not only is it an experience that I needed, but it is an experience that should be shared!

There is a familiar refrain within this book that bears repeating again, “Is this what you intend to do with your life?”  Alexander Watson narrates this story with periodic flash backs and visceral descriptions of events in his life.  This  is a deeply personal journey and I am so glad that I was able to be along for the ride!

Alexander and Dale meet so many interesting people along the way.  What they find is not only  acceptance, but kinship and friendship, which is a rare thing.  It almost feels like, in the age of technology and connection, it is so hard to make connections in the vein of kinship.  I can’t tell you the last time I felt like I had that sort of connection with someone! 

There is loss, grief, and most of all love in this book.  I genuinely feel like, after reading this book, I am a better person, or at least a changed person in a good way.  If you are looking for a memoir, this is the book for you.  A classic wooden yacht, partners, and their faithful dog embark on a journey that will change them forever.  Magnificent!

Thank you to Alexander Watson for asking me to review this book.  It truly is a wonderful memoir!  Get your copy today at the links below!


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