I loved Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger. It may not be for everyone, unless you love nature, wildlife, Thoreau, travel, and love. The title first caught my attention as the book lay on the bargain table at the local bookstore. You never know what gems lie in wait in the those bargain bins. This book went from that table to my table of books to read at home. I finally picked it up a few weeks ago, and the love story of Cobb and Mary immersed me in their meeting on the banks of the Allagash River in Maine. Cobb was there to kayak a river traversed by his hero Thoreau in the last years of his life. Mary is there to study the crows, her life’s love prior to meeting Cobb.
Mary tells the myths of the crow that captivate a special group of young woman brought together by illness and bonded through the experience of living in the wilderness of Maine for a few weeks each summer. The majesty of bears plays a role in the beautiful love story between two people and their unlikely journey for eight years.
From the beginning, the reader knows the ending. The author surprises the reader with how the characters came to the point of the ending. Some might consider is fanciful and unrealistic. That’s all right. All that matters is that I enjoyed the book thoroughly and look forward to reading other books by Joseph Monninger. It very much reminded me of Suffer the Little Children by Christina Carson.
Speaking of authors I’ve featured on Author Wednesday, I’m far behind on my reading schedule of these talented Indie Authors. Currently I’m reading Christoph Fischer’s The Luck of the Weissensteiners.
Next on my to-read list:
Daughters of Iraq by Revital Horowitz
The Golden Grave by David Lawlor
Buried a Man I Hated There by Adam Pepper
Okotibbee Creek by Lori Crane
Fugue in C Minor by Vince Dickinson
Dirty Laundry by Marilyn Slagel
Are you reading some good books this summer? I go in spurts with my reading but I’m always looking for good books to read.