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Friday, August 28, 2009

Water, Stone, Heart - made me cry. A wonderful novel!

Once in a great while there comes along a book that is so smart and well written, that is an absolute pleasure to recommend it. And if said book touches my heart as well – so much the better.

Will North’s novel, “Water, Stone, Heart” is such a book.

American Andrew Stratton is an architectural professor who has come to England after a devastating divorce. Intent on trying to learn more about himself, and what his passions in life are, he signs up for a “stone wall” making course in the small Cornish town of Boscastle. Renting a cottage for his stay, Andrew becomes acquainted with the owner’s nine-year old daughter, Lilly, who becomes fast friends with the funny American, giving him tours of the town and countryside and introducing him to her best friend, Nicki.

Nicki, as it turns out, is not a playmate of Lilly’s but the beautiful Nicola Rhys-Jones, also an American who is divorced from her abusive English husband and has taken refuge in Boscastle to pursue her love of painting.

Wary at first of the new American in town, Nicola soon finds that she is attracted to Andrew’s quiet but feisty demeanor. As the two get to know each other better, there is a spark that neither can’t deny, but their pasts are always getting in the way of the fledgling relationship.

It takes a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and the rescue of their sweet little friend Lilly to bring Andrew and Nicola to the point that they look past their own private heartbreaks and unite to become a strong force to reckon with.

Set during the 2004’s devastating flood that wiped out the community of Boscastle, Will North’s story brings drama, emotion and excitement of its own epic variety to readers. He paints a pretty picture of the tranquil little town before the disaster, and captures the very real fears and mayhem that accompanied the actual event. If you’ve ever watched the You-Tube videos of the flood, you can see that North is dead-on in his portrayal of the tragedy.

North also captures the emotional heartbreak and devastation his characters are experiencing over the break-ups of their marriages. There are not too many books that make me cry, but I was sobbing over “Water, Stone, Heart.” And in my opinion, if an author can invoke that kind of emotion in his readers, he’s done his work right!

Will North’s first book, “The Long Walk Home,” garnered critical acclaim, and he has been compared to Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller. But I personally put him way above those authors. I mean, when the man’s acknowledgments are great reading, you know there’s something special there.


Jackie said...

This sounds like a great book. I've read both Sparks and Waller, so I'm sure to like this one.

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Shelli said...

I want to cry too! thanks for the review.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

This sounds great, Sharon! I was interested right away when you said the MAN made a move after a divorce and tried to rediscover himself. So often in books, it's a female protagonist doing that.

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Sheila (bookjourney) said...

This book is so beautiful! I love your opening paragraph and I know what you mean when you say that. You almost dont want tog et to the final page becuase you know your time with this book is over... even if you read it again you will not get quite the same feeling as the first time...

bermudaonion said...

I won this book on Twitter but haven't had a chance to read it yet. You've made me want to read it right now. Great review!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

The man is a gifted writer. I'm so pleased that ya'll have stopped by!