Tuesday, July 6, 2010
A Note from Old Acquaintance – Review
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author with the assistance of Pump Up Your Books Virtual Blog Tour, for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author.
Brain Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three year old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads; his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire and he teeters on the brink of despair.
Everything changes the morning an email arrives from Boston artist Joanna Richman. Her heartfelt note brings back all the poignant memories; the night their eyes met, the fiery passion of their short lived affair, and the agonizing moment he was forced to leave Joanna forever. Now, fifteen years later, guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brain arranges a book-signing tour that will take him back to Boston. He is eager to see Joanna again, but remains unsure where their reunion will lead. One thing is certain; the forces that tore their love asunder will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor and the power of true love.
A friend told me that I would enjoy this book and I totally did. The story gripped me with its romance and suspense from the get go. Admittedly I am not a fan of romance novels because I find many of them are unrealistic and simply just too mushy but there was something about this story that resonated with me. The characters, the plot and the story were all developed tactfully and made for a truly beautiful story that I simply could not put down.
There were several themes in the story but the one more central to it was that of true love and having second chances. Since this is the author’s first attempt at this genre, it was difficult to reference his writing style to the theme. Would Walker continue to write contemporary romance stories? I sure hope so because he has certainly used his training as a writer to create a really good piece. His writing style is also something to comment on. It is basic but yet effective. No grandeur statements or phrases to evoke a particular emotion for the reader. It is obvious that Walker used what he knew (and used it well) to help portray his characters and the emotions that they felt.
The way he told the story was another important point worth mentioning. The book is broken up into the present (2006) and the past (1990), a tactic that helped to place the whole story in perspective. The suspense was evenly distributed throughout these different periods which made that the transitions between both periods seamless and it kept the reader glued to the story.
I thought that the characters in this story were a bit different to most stories that you read. There is no clear antagonist or protagonist since every one of the characters was a victim in some way or the other. You felt sorry for the bad guy because he lived the only way he knew how to, by possessing the things that he wanted. If that statement suggests that my favourite character was the bad guy, then so be it because I connected with his character the most. Joanna, who serves as half of the protagonist in the story was my least favourite. She came across as a whinny, confused young woman who constantly complained about being misunderstood. She is a true Idealist, subscribing to all the hard and fast rules that come with the territory.
I did not want this story to end and for a new novelist to grip you in that manner it can only suggest two things, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is a really good book and Bill Walker is a novelist to watch.
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