“Showing a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling skills that keeps his readers fully engaged from first page to last, ‘A Perfect Confluence’ by Peter Bridgford is unreservedly recommended for community library General Fiction collections.” – Midwest Book Review
“In this novel, a young man’s grave mistake forces him into a dangerous adventure that heals him in unexpected ways.” – Kirkus Review
“Bridgford’s multidimensional characters display both flattering and unflattering traits, and his practiced storytelling chops keep the tale percolating in many shades of gray and moving at a brisk pace. Readers may be in for an all-day read or a long night with this novel because the river journey is truly addictive from beginning to end. Noah and Becca’s fans will cheer them on to a vibrant new life.” – The U.S. Review of Books
A Perfect Confluence
Noah has finally gotten himself under control. With the help of his friends, he’s not only clean and sober, but he’s carved out a new and good life for himself in Buffalo, New York. But when he finds himself entrapped in an ill-advised relationship with a woman from a powerful and dangerous crime family, he lets his demons run free again. This causes his life to unravel so quickly and completely that he has no other option than to flee from his troubles.
As he paddles his canoe on the Allegheny, the river begins to wash the toxins from him. The beauty of the surrounding wilderness and the challenges of traveling alone in an open boat help him start the healing process. After being struck down by a debilitating sickness, he’s nursed back to health by a mysterious young pregnant woman who turns out to have as burdened a past as him. And since they’re both on the run, they decide to continue down the river…together.
When they enter the mighty Ohio, Becca and Noah find themselves paddling through a much bigger world. The towns, the locks and dams, the towboats and barges, and the trials and tribulations of river life – each of these grows in size the farther that they travel. And, all the while, they’re so sure that their pursuers are nipping at their heels that they don’t dare stop. As they continue to overcome every obstacle and challenge thrown at them, Becca and Noah fall in love and begin to dream of a new beginning together. But just as they are about to embark on a new path, their troubles do catch up to them.
If they’re going to survive and get free from their pasts, Noah needs to decide whether Becca is the diviner and agent of their shared future together or the author of his demise. And whether he knows it or not, he’s part of a plan that has been unfurling since the two of them first met.