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Friday, October 2, 2015

WATER FROM MY HEART By Charles Martin⭐️⭐️⭐️

Publisher:  Center Street
Date of Publication:  May 19, 2015
Pages:  368
Genre:  Fiction
Format:  Hardcover

About the Book: 
New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin's breathtaking novel of love and redemption.Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible--and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could?

 Wanda's Thoughts:
 I’m definitely in the minority on this one.  It was obvious from the get-go that this book and I were not a good fit, and I didn’t feel particularly satisfied at the conclusion.  I found the plot drawn out, especially the first half, and the story-line a bit incredulous.  I had to work to get through this one --- cumbersome and plodding with the plot shifting from past to present. 

On a positive note – there were some rich and powerful scenes with rather intense drama.  I was very moved by the scene between Shelly and Charlie on the beach.  There was also a message of hope and redemption, and a romance and relationships that tie it all together. 

I’m a big fan of this author, but this one just failed to pull me in.  My rating – 3.5 stars.

About the Author: 
Married to Christy. Father of three boys.