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17 March 2010

Book Review: A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker


Title: A Note From An Old Acquaintance
Author: Bill Walker
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: June 11, 2009
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN: 978-1440133336
Genre: Fiction

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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.


My Review:

Some stories stay with the reader long after the reader has finished the novel. Such is the case of Bill Walker's A Note From An Old Acquaintance, a novel of astonishing depth and breadth, of love and loss, and the universal question of what if, which makes Walker's beginning quote about chaos theory all the more apropos. The reader is introduced to Brian Weller and immediately learns four very important things; his young son is deceased, his wife Penny is in a coma, Brian is suffering from writer's block, and he has an email waiting from his old love, Joanna Richman who he has not seen in 15 years. It is safe to say Brian Weller is a man with an extremely full emotional plate compounded with his deep love for Penny, who has spent the past 2 years in a coma with a negative prognosis. Brian's re-emerging feelings for his ex-lover Joanna provide him a certain strength he needs, but is it possible to erase the mistakes of the past and find love again? Without giving anymore of the plot away, Walker takes the reader from present day then back 15 years to when Brian and Joanna first meet when Johanna was an aspiring artist and engaged to Erik Ruby, back again to present day. The characters are very realistic and quite likeable, which surprised me a bit, since one normally would not care for Erik Ruby. While I did not like the things Erik Ruby did and continued to do, I did find his character to be exceedingly realistic. The storyline flows smoothly, even with a lengthy, but necessary flashback. A Note From An Old Acquaintance is a beautifully crafted story of hope, determination and the belief that love can conquer all.

About the Author:

Bill Walker is a graphic designer specializing in book and dust jacket design, and has worked on projects by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. Between his design work and his writing, he spends his spare time reading voraciously and playing very loud guitar, much to the chagrin of his lovely wife and two sons. Bill makes his home in Los Angeles and can be reached through his web site.



Bill Walker’s NOTE FROM AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on February 1 and end on March 26. You can visit Bill’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of February and March to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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9 comments:

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

My thoughts exactly when I read the book. I thought bill did a great job with this story.

MarceJ said...

I have only heard great things about this book, I look forward to reading it. A great tour you was a part of, thanks for the review.

Bill Walker said...

Dear Jennifer: Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very much appreciated. And, by the way, you're quite the writer yourself.

Denise said...

Hi SITSah!
I am following from SITS to see how many SITSahs I can support today.

Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

I loved this book, too! It's such an amazing story. Nice review!

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Great review =)

I'm a little sad for the situation with his wife though (being in a coma but still technically alive). Rekindling a love with an old flame while your wife is comatose has got to result in feelings of guilt and confusion that I couldn't begin to imagine. It sounds rather intense...

♥Isalys

Emidy said...

This book is new to me, but I'm interested in reading it! I love it when a book stays with you long after you're done reading, so this seems like something I'd enjoy.

Emidy
from Une Parole

fredamans said...

I gave this book the same rating you did! It was awesome!
Great review!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have not read this but have seen it around and really did not know what it was about. Thanks for the review :)