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Friday, December 4, 2009

A Note From an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker (Book Review)

Title: A Note from an Old Acquaintance
Author: Bill Walker

Publisher: iUniverse

About the book: 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. (back cover)

My thoughts: I was hooked just by reading the book's synopsis. Who hasn't thought about the "what ifs" in their life. I am in a truly happy place right now and adore my husband, but there were times in my first marriage that I wondered what would have happened if only. . .

I liked Brian the best. He had made the decision to walk away from Joanna 15 years before, as she had been engaged to another. Now, his wife and son have died and he needs to pick up the pieces of his life. I think when he gets that e-mail from Joanna, he can't help but arrange to see her.

The story begins in the present (2006) and then we jump back 15 years to see how Brian and Joanna met. I enjoy flashbacks and this one helped to fill in some of the story - even if we did know where it was heading. We then jump back to 2006 to finish the story. I wanted to root for Brian, even though I don't condone cheating - and because Erik did love his wife Joanna. He continually tried to make her happy. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I am going to stop there.

Please see my interview with Bill Walker, and you can read an excerpt at Review from Here.

A Note from an Old Acquaintance
Publisher/Publication Date: iUniverse, June 2005
ISBN: 978-1-4401-3333-6
360 pages

~I received this book for my honest review from Tracee at Pump Up Your Book Tours.~


bermudaonion said...

I just won a copy of this book so I'm excited to see you liked it. I'm looking forward to getting it!

brizmus said...

I felt exactly the same way about this book. It was really good, and I wanted to root for Brian, but I totally don't condone cheating, and erik did love Joanna. He was just wrong for her. it was a hard book to read for that, but great as well.

Rebecca :) said...

I was waiting to see what you thought of this book ever since you received it. I can't decide if I am going to like it or not but I might give it a go.


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