LADY BY THE RIVER: Post Review by Carol Balawyder

Hello Readers – today I am sharing a review for the book Lady by the River from Carol Balawyder. 

Earlier this week, I posted my interview with Miriam Hurdle (here) and in the comment sections, I mentioned to someone how Miriam  “threw us a life line” when she helped promote Lady by the River in the early promoting days (Forthemo also helped) and then everything began to flow!

So keep that in mind if you are new to sharing about your book (or work). Remember that it takes time to find a groove and so just start sharing and start somewhere. In fact, when I was over at Carol’s post, a nice comment from D. Wallace Peach reminded me that I could still get the word out about Lady by the River – and so this post is to connect with that as well.

I really think the Lady by the River book offers so much encouragement and provides ideas for rebounding and developing grit.  I hope readers continue to find this book. 

And a special thanks to author Ana Linden for introducing me to author Carol Balawyder.

Here is part of Carol Balawyder’s post from November 2022: 

While I was scanning through my TBR list on my Kindle for something that would inspire me in my writing I came across Lady By The River – Stories of Perseverance, coedited by Yvette Prior. 

I am a believer in chance and fate so it brought a smile to my heart when one of the essays was about writing and perseverance. Just what I needed to read.

Mabel Kwong’s: How I Found the Confidence to Chase My Passion and Made It A Reality is filled with heart warming advice about the struggles of being a writer.

Further in the post, Carol wrote about Ana’s chapter in the book – and I will share this part from carol’s post: 

Ana Linden’s writing is honest and bold at its core as she minutely describes her pain and mistreatment. She pushes on to simply survive my family and not become like them.

To quote Yvette Prior in her introduction to Ana Linden: Ana processed her past with us, showing us how she turned pain and mistreatment into motivation, to then later dispense grace from a place of strength. 

The collection (in Lady by the River) includes ten other moving stories where patience and friendship, determination, learning to embrace challenges, coping strategies and sharing all are part of the fabric of perseverance.

In her conclusion of this collection and study on perseverance, Yvette Prior writes:

It takes an effort to endure, but it can pay off with an enriched you, and with an inspiring story to tell later.

Carol’s full post can be read HERE

Thank you, Carol, for your post and for taking the time to read the book. Carol’s Amazon author page IS HERE


Lady by the River links 

Book Authors

  • Mabel Kwong (here)
  • Sherri Matthews (here)
  • Chad Prior (here)
  • Kristin Rybrandt (here)
  • Mark Bialczak (here)
  • Jeffrey D. Simmons (here)
  •  Ana Linden (here)
  • Mahesh Nair (here)
  • Yvette Prior (here)
Click here to go to Amazon

Thanks for checking out this post – have a great day – get moving and keep going to do what you need to do to stay doing what you do!


Because this week is the launch week for the Poetry anthology, Poetry Treasures 3: Passions, I wanted to mention it.

Day 2 of the Book Blog Tour finds is at Patty’s Worlds, where she features contributing poets Colleen Chesebro and Chris Hall. Also, Robbie Cheadle reads a poem for each of them. Read more – HERE-  and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasures 3: Passions.

The Priorhouse page for this book is HERE






18 thoughts on “LADY BY THE RIVER: Post Review by Carol Balawyder

  1. I think we need to be courageous about promoting our work, Yvette, otherwise it gets lost in the noise and pace of daily living (and blogging). And highlighting the work of other authors is a great way to get noticed. Funny how that works. Thanks for the mention and I’m glad I inspired you to post a reminder about your book!

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    1. Hi Diana – it is interesting how it works – the promoting of others authors can be such a great way to connect – and I have just decided that after connecting with authors for the last five years / they are one of my favorite groups of folks – supportive and usually good readers – ha!

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  2. I read Lady by the River back in 2019, Yvette (it’s hard to consider that that was four years ago). I don’t think I understood anything about promotion back then. I need to address that.

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  3. Thank you, Yvette for posting this and all the nice words you said about me. It’s always nice to get recognition. It wasn’t so long ago that I read the collection and posted about it but yet, it seems like ages ago. Thank you for the memory lane walk, ❤

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  4. Hi Yvette, this sounds like a wonderful book, so I’ll hop onto Amazon when I leave here. I’ve recently met Carol through another friend, and I just received her book, The Lilac Notebook, that I look forward to starting soon. And Congrats on Poetry Treasures 3! I was honored to be a part of the second compilation. I’ll visit those posts soon also. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi – lady by the river is free with Kindle unlimited / just in case you have that
      And side note with this book
      A mistake I made with the print edition was to use a size 11 font
      many complaints – and my cousin said they couldn’t even finish the book because the font was so unpleasant
      So moving forward I am using size 14 print when possible

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      1. Oh, I’m sorry that happened. If it’s offered in paperback though, I’ll get it. And I’ll deal with the font. But 14 should be good. I admire you for compiling the books. It’s a lot of work. So pat yourself on the back. I’ll order it when we’re back from our trip. I don’t want anything delivered while we’re gone. Take care!


  5. Another great interview Yvette and just like someone said here, ” I am a believer in chance and fate” so it brought a smile to my heart when one of the essays was about writing and perseverance. Just what I needed to read.”
    YOU NEVER FAIL to find the gems in each written word and reflect it back.
    You really did justice to your work and featuring others. Congratulations, you astonish me with your gifts! 💞


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