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Teresa's Reading Corner: A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 e-mail 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.

My thoughts:  
From Merriam-Webster
Main Entry: soul mate
Function: noun
Date: 1822
1 : a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
2 : a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs soul mates>

We hear a lot about soul mates in romance novels and on television.  How many of us truly believe in them?  I can tell you that I do, and an informal survey of friends and family reveals that I'm not the only one.  The difference between fiction in reality is in how those relationships are portrayed.  Most fiction leads us to believe that soul mates are perfect beings and these relationships are without issue.  While it is a work of fiction,  A Note from an Old Acquaintance portrays the idea of a soul mate much closer to those of reality.  It tells the story of a man and woman who meet and immediately "click".  They understand and complement one another.  This is what soul mates are to me, two people who complement each other.  Is it possible that we have more than one?  I'm not sure, but I firmly believe that each of us has one out there, we just have to be patient while we find them.  

I enjoyed this story.  I liked the characters that you were supposed to like and disliked those that you were supposed to dislike.  The pace was perfect.  Walker didn't really linger in any spot for too long.  I noticed on his website that he has written several other books and states that this one was a bit of a departure for him.  I hope he departs again as I would pick up another book like this in a heartbeat.  

Visit Bill's website to find out more about his other work.  I think I might have to check out Titanic, 2012.

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book by the publicist in exchange for my honest review.  Receipt of this book did not affect my opinion in any way.



At June 24, 2010 at 7:29 AM , Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

I've been hearing lots about this one and it seems pretty interesting. I'd really like to read this one, especially after you've mentioned the idea of soul mates because that is something I believe in. I've always thought the cover was so weird though haha.

At June 24, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Bill Walker said...

Teresa: Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful review. It's very much appreciated. As an FYI, I've recently completed revising and updating "Titanic 2012," which my agent will be shopping for republication in 2012, and which includes a brand new ending. Thanks again for the review.

As for the cover, my goal with this design was to reflect aspects from out of the story with a still life that also echoed the artistic theme of the book.

At June 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Hannah Stoneham said...

I love your little aside on soul mates - I certainly do believe in them/mine! This sounds like a fantastic read and I was instantly drawn to the front cover which is quite surreal - Lovely review - thanks for sharing


At June 25, 2010 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Stacy at A Novel Source said...

beautiful review! and yep, i believe in soul mates!

At September 9, 2010 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

I absolutely adored this book. I found it incredibly well-written and captivating. I'm so glad you liked it, too!!


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