Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ARC Review: Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Waiting for the Flood
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn't need to try.

Todd's rating:

The premise of this one is that Edwin, a heartbroken introvert with a speech impediment, lives on a floodplain in the UK, and the waters are rising.

In his search for sandbags for himself and his elderly, widow neighbor, he meets Adam, who works for the Environment Agency and is helping the neighborhood control the flood damage.

The beginning of the book felt a bit strange to me. The flow felt a bit odd because every few pages of $1 words, there would be this strange $20 word plopped onto the page. It was very "one of these things is not like the other" and I found it unnecessarily distracting.
Yes, you know a big word. Yes, I know that one, too. That's nice. Do you know the word "incongruous"? Can we proceed now? *Thesaurus-Quietly-Closes*
Fortunately, after the first few chapters, the word flow was pretty "congruous". (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) *wink*

The story overall wasn't bad at all, but instead of feeling as if there was a heart-felt connection between Edwin and Adam, it felt a bit more 'desperate for love' to me.
You think I'm cute, I think you're sort of mildly attractive *and* you actually listen to what I have to say. I've been really lonely for a long time and you're *here*, so you'll do.

Yes, I'm exaggerating (a bit), but I really didn't see the development of a deeper bond at a truly meaningful level. They spoke briefly, maybe 5 times over 3 days, then shared a cuppa and some bread, Edwin snapped at Adam, then the next day slammed the door in his face.

Then a few pages later, Edwin is calling Adam his "boyfriend". And they hadn't even kissed yet. Not once. And a few pages after that, Adam states how he feels about Edwin (no question asked) and Edwin gasps out, "I do. I do." Like he's mentally picking out frilly, lace wedding dresses to match his purple cowboy boots in his mind. WTF?

Insta-love read number 2 of 3 for me this week and, sadly, I really don't care that much for them. If you don't even know the person's middle name, you don't know them well enough to be in *lurve*...

3 1/2 stars for the writing, less 1 star for my above grievances, so 2 1/2 stars.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for a fair, unbiased review.


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