Book Review: Eternal on the Water by: Joseph Monninger

Summary: From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting -- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power. 

This book made me feel very conflicted. I loved the way the author used his words and wrote such powerful visual images for the reader. I was also saddened by the story (it was very sad) and conflicted about how I felt about the characters. It may not make sense but, I felt the depth of the emotions the characters shared but I didn't feel the depth of the characters themselves. So...I am going to stay neutral on this book and tell you to read it and decide for yourselves, then let me know.

Received from: Barnes and Noble First Look Club for review.
For more information or for purchasing visit Joseph Monninger's webpage.

I give this book 3/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ 

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Monica S.

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  1. It's great to read different points of view on this book. I've heard some rave reviews so I'm glad I read yours as well.

  2. I read this book too for the B&N program. I haven't written my review yet but somehow I feel quite same with you.


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