Monday, June 22, 2015
Water From My Heart by Charles Martin ~ Book Review
Love, love, loved this latest story from Charles Martin. My short description above definitely lacks the amount of details and nuances this wonderful story holds. It was hard to write a description without giving away details but every twist and turn added up to make a story that I thought about for days, even weeks, afterwards. I couldn't pick up another book because this one kept mulling over in my heart. The author takes a bit of a departure from his usual strong, moral male character and instead gives us a main male character who is very flawed. Indifferent and heartless in his business life, the character of Charlie is quite a selfish individual and thinks he can separate his personal life from his business self but will have to come to realize that the two intertwine. It will take a woman and child who survived through horrible pain and loss and yet exude a joy and beauty and love that Charlie has never before experienced. As usual, Charles Martin took my heart on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Several times my husband looked over at me and asked what I was crying about. He takes the high society lives of London and Miami and sets it against the poverty and simplicity of life in Nicaragua. He takes the entitlement, the skewed values of most of North America and shines a light on it comparing it with the riches of what the Nicaraguan mountain people hold dear. Woven into Charles Martin's story is a piece of himself that he experienced when he himself went and met Nicaraguan people who had been devastated when Hurricane Mitch, in 1998, hung over a volcanic lake until it overfilled causing a horrific mudslide that travelled at 100 mph down the mountain cutting a deadly path killing 3000 people. This a beautiful story of fruit in the midst of horror, of true love and redemption that made me take a good hard look at my own indifferences in my own heart. You cannot read this and not be moved. Have I made you curious enough to run out and read it? I hope so. Not to be missed is the author's notes in the end where you are allowed a glimpse of where the story came from.
Reading Challenge Goals Met: A book that made me cry, A book published this year, A book set in a different country, A book from an author I love but haven't read yet