A Note From An Old Acquaintance, by Bill Walker
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (June 11, 2009)
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****
Brian Weller is a best-selling writer, although an attack of writer’s block has slowed him down a bit. He is living with the pain of losing his wife and son in an accident, and his wife has been in a coma for two years. He is trying to move on after she finally passes and is thrown off balance one day when he receives an email with the subject line “A note from an old acquaintance.” It proves to be from none other than Joanna Richman, a woman with whom he had shared a brief, but deeply memorable affair fifteen years before.
The reader is transported back in time to when he met her—when she was engaged to her now husband, Erik Ruby. We watch as Brian and Joanna fall instantly and madly in love, but Ruby soon finds out about them and sets about to end their fling. He makes Brian an offer Brian cannot refuse, sending him packing. In the present day, neither Brian nor Ruby has forgotten about the agreement they made back then—but Brian and Joanna are still drawn to each other after all those years. Brian decides he must see her again and arranges a book tour that will take him back to Boston, where she still lives. Unfortunately for Brian and Joanna, nothing gets past Ruby, and he isn't about to lose Joanna again.
Bill Walker’s A Note from an Old Acquaintance is a sweetly written romance that does not read like a romance—it is far deeper and more poignant. The characters are easy to fall in love with—or hate, as appropriate. Although a touch overly dramatic at times and there is a bit of a moral struggle since Joanna is cheating on her fiancé/husband, the story is well written and an enjoyable read, drawing the reader into the love triangle, rooting for the star-crossed soul mates who are torn apart by the rich and powerful—though somewhat righteous—enemy.
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An author-provided copy of the book was provided for this review.