Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog Tour: A Note From an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

A Note From an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
Publication Date/Version: June 2009/Paperback
Publisher: iUniverse
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Pump Up Your Book (Thanks!)

Brian 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, the guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brian 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.

Brian's son has recently died, and his wife is in a coma. His current life is a disaster, being unable to finish his next book, finding no inspiration. The day an old flame emails, however, things change forever. Brian relives his past, and experiences a new future. Told in alternating perspectives, as well as past and present, A Note From an Old Acquaintance is an emotionally gripping read that is sure to catch anyone's attention.

Ah, the world of adult novels. Self published ones (kinda) as well. This lovely novel proves all of the stigmas wrong: self published works are worth your time. Mr. Walker has created a fast-paced tale of three lovers caught in a heart-wrenching triangle of deceit, lies, and true love.

Brian starts out as, what I found to be, a condescending and rather pompous character. Flashing back to his past life, we see that things were not always easy for him. Throughout the course of the novel, Brian developed into a more understanding, compassionate character, something I was happy to see. Joanna, his old love interest, is an artist who has a special spark for life. I enjoyed her throughout the entire story, feeling for her and the difficult choices she had to make.

The plot was quick, but still recounted all of the events perfectly, taking the reader along for an emotional journey. You couldn't help but root for Brian and Joanna, even though they weren't showing the best of morals. I fell for their love and wanted them to be together. The novel started in the present, with Brian's life in shambles. It then flashed back to the past, describing all that occurred between Brian, Joanna, and Erik. It then jumped to the future, telling of how things turned out and how they were changing. I enjoyed the set up, as well as the alternating perspectives. Each added to the story, and heightened my anxiety.

My only problems with this novel were the nonstop use of ellipses (...) and the brand name dropping, but in the grand picture, those are rather minute details.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I would not ,however, recommend it to younger readers/young teens. I tend to read only Adult Fiction that has crossover appeal, but this novel is best left for older teens and adults. The entire story revolves around a cheating wife, her husband, and her lover. There are also a couple sex scenes which are not suitable for younger audiences. It was never icky, per se, and followed the course of a natural relationship.

Overall: Wonderful story of true love, its complications, and the lengths to which people will go.

My Advice: Buy a copy. I'm happy to have it on my shelf.

Cover: I like the subdued tones of the cover. Each image, the statue, the letter, and the rose, hold important value in the story and, therefore, make sense. Good cover.

*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. McKenzie: Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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