Becky D. (Jackson, TN)
I really tried to give this book a chance. I was intrigued by the title and the setting, near Cornwall in England. The backdrop of building stone hedges was unique. However, the characters were not developed deeply enough for me to become engaged. There were some wide opportunities to go deeper with Lee and with Andrew, but it just didn't go long enough when needed. I never got the chance to really know the characters before the plot jerked forward. Sorry, not for me.
Wendy E. (Mechanicsville, VA)
Water, Stone, Heart
Andrew Stratton is running away from a divorce, Lee is the quirky kid who relates better to adults than people her age and Nicola is fleeing an abusive ex-husband. These three, along with some colorful ancillary characters, bring this quasi-predictable storyline alive with some excellent characterization, unlikely friendships and a tender romance. The setting, the beautiful Boscastle, England, almost becomes a character as well when Andrew must grapple with his physical and metaphorical stones in his hedge-building class. (Hedges are those picturesque English stone walls - called walls in some parts of the country and hedges in others.) Noth ties in actual Boscastle history and the history of witchcraft to bring about a well-written, gentle novel. While there is physical abuse "off the page" and a harrowing rescue scene, the book has the pace one might imagine in of a small tourist town in Cornwall.
Katherine (Book Club Facilitator, Seaford, VA)
A true story woven with guilty pleasures
Loved the beautiful Cornwall settings, the building of stone "hedges" and especially appreciated that this was a true flood. Climax builds with "The Perfect Storm" like weather reports. Quirky, warm villagers, a Real Witch Museum and the back stories of the two main characters all enrich an easy, enjoyable read.
Diane R. (Munger, MI)
A historial and griping story
It was entertaining and I was drawn in as the book moved along with many surprises and the setting in England was so picturesque and learning about building hedges and then it became so very warm and personal. The further I read the faster I turned the pages. It was a love story, a human interest and sad story and taught me a lot about good witches, info I had never heard before. It was the best read so far of the year 2009. It was based on a true story so that makes it even more of a page turner. 5 stars doesn't do this one justice.
Elise B. (Macedonia, OH)
I loved this book for everything but the romance! Will Norths descriptions of Boscastle and the Cornwall hedges were so vivid, I felt transported to this region. The true-life account of the storm at the end of the book was incredible, and having the weather report woven through the book leading up to the storm was very creative. I did not, however, find the romance between Andrew and Nicola exciting at all. As I read, I couldnt help but wonder just how many tragic events from their lives could two people reveal to each other in one week!
Diane D. (Blairstown, NJ) Reading Group Member
Really Good Book!
I just didn't want to put this book down, because there was always something new on the next page. I really didn't know what to expect, and the characters were fascinating.
At the beginning of each chapter, there is a report of rains for the area, but you aren't sure if they've taken place before or are about the storm mentioned on the back of the book. As I got more into the book, I kept waiting for them to hit. WOW!
This book is very well written, and I HAVE to read Will North's The Long Walk Home.
Mary M. R. (St. Louis, MO)
Water, Stone, Heart
I loved Will North's novel. I was attracted by the main character Andrew who found himself shattered when his first wife opted out of their marriage. I loved the location of the story in Bocastle, England. The locals were easy to like, and I have to confess my surprise when a sudden event changes the lives of Andrew and his new friends.