Book Of The Day – The Mill River Recluse

by Greg on December 6, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a great work of Literary Fiction that has sold more copies than any other book that has been featured at ENT – and it’s only 99 cents. The Mill River Recluse by Darice Chan has an impressive 4.0 star rating and has been in the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list for months!

“If you have only one chance to read a good Kindle book – this is by far the one! I enjoyed it so much, I will be adding (and most likely reading) this book again….one I DEFINITELY want to add to a ‘forever’ collection! I will search out any further books by Darcie Chan in a heartbeat!! Well done!!! Enjoy this read!!!” Karen G. – Amazon Reviewer

The Mill River Recluse
by Darcie Chan
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Category: Literary Fiction
Price: $0.99
Visit Darcie Chan’s website


Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary. Newcomers to Mill River–a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher–are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps–one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

The Mill River Recluse is a story of triumph over tragedy, one that reminds us of the value of friendship and the ability of love to come from the most unexpected of places.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

“Mill River Recluse” is an amazing read and what a bargain at 99 cents! I know I’ll read this one again because of the interesting characters and a great story that had me hooked from the first page. I agree with another reviewer in that it can’t be pigeon holed into one genre. There is mystery, romance, crime and a bit of humor all rolled into one. You won’t be disappointed except that it has a last page. I couldn’t put it down but I didn’t want to reach the end either!


I just finished reading the Mill River Recluse and was so sorry it ended, and even felt worse when I realized this is the only book by the author. This is definitely a love story, not in the typical sense as in a romance, but of human compassion (plus a little romance sprinkled in along the way). The book was easy to read, well written, and compelling. I look forward to more by this author in the future.


This book, was absolutely wonderful. I already imagine what an amazing movie this could be. The writing style was incredible. I would best describe this book like a fine car….in the beginning it catches your eye, then it starts to pick up speed, and then, it is just handling beautifully and fast and keeps your interest!! From the first chapter I felt like I was right in the tiny town. Great book.


This book was better than it sounded, and I thought it sounded great. Very well-written, a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the characters and the story very much. Thought-provoking and moving – and much more polished than more seasoned authors I have read. Recommended.

Get The Mill River Recluse here: The Mill River Recluse

About The Author

Darcie Chan was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the small towns of Brandon, Wisconsin, La Junta and Cheraw, Colorado, and Paoli, Indiana. She has two younger sisters, with whom she is very close.

Thanks to loving and supportive parents who are both educators, she learned to read and write at an early age. As a child, she fell in love with books and became quite obsessed with Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series of books, among many others. Her passion for reading and writing continued through college at Indiana University, Bloomington, and law school at the University of Baltimore.

Currently, Darcie is an attorney and lives in northern Westchester County, New York, with her husband and their son. In her spare time, Darcie enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, gardening, playing the piano, and cooking.

The Mill River Recluse is her first novel.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Darcie Chan and ENT appreciate it.

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