Advance reader reviews of Water, Stone, Heart

Water, Stone, Heart

A Novel

by Will North

Water, Stone, Heart
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    288 pages
    Genre: Love Stories

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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