People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin's quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can't protect himself from everything - and sometimes he doesn't need to try.
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Thoughtful, Poignant, Quietly Triumphant
Most definitely! Though not all my friends. This is for those who are looking for less romance and more of an internal life journey. There is romance and its one I loved and cheered for, but it isn't the focus. It's also very introspective with a limited setting and few in the cast of characters. I loved it and I know others will, too.
I liked how every element of the story was working to tell the story. I know that is an odd thing to say. What I mean, is that this is the story of an isolated man who faced the devastating life altering fact that the man he loved didn't love him back any more. So the small set, small group of characters, lone narration, introspection, and writing all start in his dark, dreary, isolated world.
And then with the flood comes a catalyst for change. In the end, Edwin's world is colorful, open, and full of possibilities as he plunges into life.
Edwin in the attic having his dark hours epiphany. And of course that innovative choice for the ending.
One Man's Personal Journey Through the Floods of Life
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
- Sophia Rose "Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog"
A book made for audio
- Reader "A Reader"