I just finished reading A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker for a book review for Pump Up Your Book Promotions.
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.
I have mixed feeling about this book. On the one hand, its a love story, and I love a good love story. I love a romance that lasts forever, and in the case of Joanna and Brian, it lingered for years even when they were apart. But in this story, Joanna cheats on her fiance and then shares a brief kiss with Brian after she and Ruby are married (To me, this is still cheating since there are such strong feelings behind it). * I can understand that she and Brian had feelings for each other that never went away, but I just don't condone cheating.
That said, I liked the characters, even Erik Ruby, who did questionable things to keep his wife (you'll have to read the book to find out what!). Even though Ruby was controlling, he seemed to be truly in love with Joanna. I would have liked to know more about the life between Brian and his wife Penny. If he was so in love with Joanna the whole time, how did he end up married to Penny.
Overall, I thought the book was well written.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
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: http://www.billwalkerdesigns.com/
Thanks to Tracee at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the review copy!
* edited as requested by the author to add that the cheating part after Joanna and Ruby were married was a brief kiss, but that I still feel this is cheating.