Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley

Publisher: Ecco
Pages: 432
Received: Received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is an unconventional and passionately romantic love story that is as breathtaking and wondrous as The Time Traveler's Wife and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

During WWII, teenager Evelyn Roe is sent to manage the family farm in rural North Carolina, where she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on their property. She rescues him, and it quickly becomes clear he is not a man...and not one of us. The rescued body recovers at an unnatural speed, and just as fast, Evelyn and Adam fall deeply in love. In The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, Rhonda Riley reveals the exhilarating, terrifying mystery inherent in all relationships: No matter how deeply we love someone, and no matter how much we will sacrifice for them, we can only know them so well...

My Review:

So this book, wow, I will try to keep my gushing down but I just absolutely loved every part of this book. This book is about the relationship between Adam and Evelyn, and even though this is compared to The Time Traveler's Wife there is no time travel but there is a unique gift that makes this book interesting, and I believe that it is the love story that connects these two books. This is a story about a love that knows no boundaries. I loved Rhonda Riley's writing style, she is very descriptive and brings out a lot of emotions, which is a whole other part to this book.

I found the book started out a little slow, which for me I enjoyed. I was able to take my time to really get to know and understand the characters. I went into this book wanting to take it slow and take every little bit of it in, and that's how I started reading, but then there was a point that I just couldn't stop reading and I needed more of these characters. I loved following Evelyn on her journey to independence and from there learning to fall in love. I loved Evelyn's character, she was strong and able to care for a farm on her own with little help.

The love story is what really drew me into this book. As soon as Evelyn meets Adam you know there is something unusual about him, but the way they grow together and become a part of each other is beautiful. They have an amazing relationship and you can see how much they love each other (the reader is constantly reminded of their love, a little too much at times). They gave each other strength and worked well together on everything. This is a story of a friendship that turned into a loving relationship.

I found that at one point in the book (a little past the halfway point), there is this emotional event that happens and from there I felt like a wall broke and everything for the rest of the book was emotional and I was in tears with every little thing. What I loved was how Adam and Evelyn coped through all this, and how they stood by each other.

I loved how Rhonda wrote about the emotions of these characters, specifically Adam and his daughters. I can't go into detail without giving away the story but I found it beautiful how they can express certain emotions, and I felt that Rhonda really brought that out so that readers could feel it too. I think the ending of this book really brought out all my emotions, but in a way it was a perfect ending for this story.

I really just want everyone to experience this book and the love that I felt for it. It definitely is up there with THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE because of the love and emotions, as well as that little bit of the supernatural. This book is enchanting, and such an amazing debut! I can definitely see this book going on the re-read shelf (when I have time).

If you would like more information on The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope and Rhonda Riley, you can find it at the Harper Collins Canada website


  1. This sounds so unique and anything that's like The Time Traveller's Wife is something I want to read!

  2. Huh, okay this one is new to me so your review was very enlightening. This sounds pretty fantastic! I'm really curious about what is unusual about Adam... the comparison to The Time Traveller's Wife is high praise indeed!



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