Janita Cunnington's expressive prose is the standout feature of The River House. Small town Queensland comes to life in vivid colour through the pages of the book - the sticky heat of summer, the sounds of the river and beach in the background, the call of the wildlife and the whistling of the wind through the weatherboard cottage. The holiday town of Baroodibah was easy to picture as was Australian society at that time. I was easily transported to The River House through the vivid descriptions and loved that particular journey.
As previously stated I cannot fault the setting and the writing of The River House, it is the story itself that lets the book down in places. I understand the passion and inspiration the author has drawn on and for that reason I would still recommend The River House. Despite my frustrations at the plot at times, the journey throughout time at this special place was a worthwhile one.