Saturday, October 2, 2010
A Note from and Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
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. You can visit his website here
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.
My Take : After Looking at the author's website I would say that this is quite a departure from what he usually writes. Of course his main job is as a graphic designer specializing in book jackets. Anyway this book is a great love story but I thought maybe Mr. Walker wrote it as he thought a woman would like to read it. Other than that I was pleasantly surprised by the entire story. I can imagine a bit of what it would be like to lose the person you love to a tragic accident (my mother died in childbirth when I was 3 so I saw my dad go through something similar). To have someone come back into your life after so many years and to wonder about what might have been. This scenario is happening daily in this day and age.
The story takes place in two different times. It opens in 2006 after the tragic events and finds Brian trying to cope. It then transports us back to the past and we learn how the characters came to be where they are. Then back to 2006 to learn what this will mean for the characters. A little predictable in places but an entertaining book over all.
I received a copy for review purposes.