Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eternal On The Water

Eternal On The Water by Joseph Monninger

Synopsis (borrowed from Barnes and Noble)

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.

My thoughts

From page one this book took me in and really held me. At first I was a little leary thinking it was going to be a very depressing book. Boy was I wrong! Mary, one of the main characters is found dead in the Allagash River. I wanted to know why. I like how Joseph Monninger gave us the ending right off the bat and then took us back through the whole story of how Mary met Jonathan Cobb and how they came to be a couple. The story just flows wonderfully just like the river which plays an important role in the book. The book comes full circle with the ending. It's very hard to write this review and not give too much away. Trust me this is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. I found it both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Eternal On The Water is an emotional read that one really needs to experience for themselves. It's very hard to describe but this book is still very much in my thoughts and I finished it over a week ago. I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed Joseph Monninger style of writing very much. It was easy to read but there was a lot of depth to his writing. It was just beautiful.

(I received this ARC copy courtesy of Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club.)


  1. Thank you for the great review - this one sounds like something I'd enjoy, added it to my wishlist!

  2. Sounds like a very cleverly written book.
    To give you one impression and end up tuning it around. Must be very clever.
    Thanks for the review.

    Publish or Perish

  3. Great review! Sounds like something sad is happening there!

    I have an award for you at: http://www.readingatthebeach.com/2010/01/award-time_20.html

  4. Thanks for your review. I also read this book, and your thoughts about the story capture mine exactly.


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