Advance reader reviews of Water, Stone, Heart by Will North.

Water, Stone, Heart

A Novel

By Will North

Water, Stone, Heart

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  • Michele B. (Berlin, MD)


    I'm ready to move to Boscastle!
    This book is principally about two people finding themselves and their way back after heart-breaking life events. I loved all of the quicky characters and the descriptions of the artistry involved in stone hedge building. I did find the quickness in which Nicola was able to trust Andrew after her extremely abusive past a little unrealistic. However, having experienced some of this on a smaller scale, the over-all message left me feeling like we can heal and their is hope and life after loss. A little too-good-to-be-true for me but overall an uplifting and encouraging read.
  • Megan B. Michigan


    Water, Stone, Heart
    This book made me want to move to Cornwall and live amongst the characters in the book. Will North does a terrific job of making the characters come to life. The notes about the flood at the beginning of each chapter help build up to an exciting ending. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and its characters and location.
  • Jan M. (Jenks, OK)


    Water, Stone, Heart
    This book covered everything - suspense, love story, geography and history lessons, and human relations.

    The descriptions of the landscape and gentle people encouraged me to include Cornwall in my list of places I would like to visit. The writer has talent for revealing the strength and character of the inhabitants of the village. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story.
  • Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)


    Water, Stone, Heart
    Loved the characters in this book - Will North really brought them to life for me. The notes on the flood of August 2004 before each chapter made one realize how frightening and terrible it must have been. Because I enjoy fiction woven around some facts, I rated this book as very good. It is not a heavy read and I found it hard to put down. Anyone who enjoys a good story should enjoy Water, Stone Heart.
  • Christine P. (Pleasanton, CA)


    Water, Stone, Heart
    Thanks to Will North my next vacation may be to the coastal villages of Cornwall. I loved this book from the very beginning and I rushed through it in the way a fast moving river makes its way to the sea, much like the rivers did in the catastrophic flood of Boscastle depicted in the novel. I loved North’s reverence for the natural world and how he incorporated the magic of the region with its folklore, witchcraft and piety for the community as a whole. The “heart” of this story is its characters, the inhabitants of Boscastle and those that come to live there to rebuild their lives. This novel builds up to its climatic ending as surely as one builds the walls of stone that crisscross the rugged landscapes of this part of the world. Its perfect for that afternoon when you want to get away from the drudgery of everyday life but be prepared to read late into the night because you won’t want to put this book down.
  • Vivian Q. (Greer, SC)


    Emotionally moving and bittersweet
    I read the Advanced Reading Copy of Mr. North's new book on the heels of his debut novel "The Long Walk Home". The way Mr. North handles a story remains the same - beautiful descriptions of the landscape (this time, Cornwall), engaging characters who have suffered loss and find true love later in life, and interesting secondary characters. Mr. North's characters fall in love within days of meeting and readily recognize it as such.

    I really enjoyed the story, but not as much as his first novel. With this one, I found myself skimming through some of the narrative regarding the hedge building, witchcraft and the devastating storm.

    Nevertheless, there is plenty to ponder here and I recommend it for readers of contemporary fiction and book clubs. I'm looking forward to the author's next effort.
  • Eva R. (Westmont, IL)


    Stays with you after you're done reading
    Will North's writing brings to life his characters and the village of Boscastle, England. He makes the reader feel like they are a part of the village. Mr. North's skill at story development is wonderful and I enjoyed it immensely. Some of the plot was unnecessary and could have used some tightened editing. The story and the main characters stay with you long after you've put it down. It's a great read ... would be a great beach read for the coming summer months.
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