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.
A Note from an Old Acquaintance is a touching story about a man, a woman, and a sacrifice of love for the sake of others. It is also a story of manipulation, and the devious means to which some will go, to keep what they view as their own.
Brian and Joanna's story is heart-warming, and the heart-breaking. Bill Walker's characters are well fleshed-out and sympathetic. You want them to win, and you can feel their heartbreak when Brian walks away. Because, sometimes, the fact that you're soul mates just isn't enough, in the face of reality. And I found that really, really sad.
Redemption occurs, though. But later. Much, much later. And one finds oneself rooting for a happily ever after for these star-crossed lovers. A very satisfying read from Bill Walker.
Title: A Note from an Old Acquaintance
Author: Bill Walker
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, 2009
Challenges: 100+, Pub
Disclosure: My copy of A Note from an Old Acquaintance was provided by TLC Book Tours for this review.