The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope [NOOK Book]

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In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to ...

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Overview

In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn's being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.

Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam's supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.

Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary.

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Narrator Evelyn Roe looks back on her decades-long life with beloved husband Adam, their houseful of beautiful daughters, and the stunning secret of Adam's genesis that defined their marriage and nearly derailed it. In 1944, 17-year-old Evelyn inherited her aunt's North Carolina farm and thrived in the solitude and hard work. Three years later, in the midst of a driving rainstorm, Evelyn finds a nearly dead something half-buried in the mud. She's shocked to find that the being is not human but rather a shapeless life form that quickly morphs into an Evelyn lookalike whom Evelyn names Addie. The women hide their developing sensual, loving relationship from family and neighbors until Evelyn's biological clock cannot be ignored. A timely visit from a grifter provides Addie the cover she needs to leave for a while, returning as a newly morphed grifter-clone whom Evelyn renames Adam. Falling in love anew, they raise a family until tragedy almost destroys all that is precious. VERDICT First-time novelist Riley's exquisite language draws the reader into this improbable, beautifully rendered, somewhat biblical love story with a wildly imaginative premise that is irresistible, tender, and provocative.—Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062099464
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 11,703
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rhonda Riley is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Florida. This is her first novel. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Just by reading the description of the book, I knew that this wa

    Just by reading the description of the book, I knew that this was going to be a book that was going to be something unique. I am so glad to be reading this book at the moment. The author has done a great job in her debut novel to combine fact/fiction/sci-fi into one compelling read. The characters are unique in a realistic and an unrealistical way which makes the read a compelling one. I like the plot and have enjoyed the turns and twists that the author has chosen to include in her writing. If you like to read books that are unexpected from start to finish, then "The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope" is a book that you should be considering for your summer reading. Keep on reading!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Outstanding

    Outstanding

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    One of the most interesting and different books I've read in a l

    One of the most interesting and different books I've read in a long while--definitely worth the buy.  Although the back cover mentions similarities to authors such as García-Márquez, I find it much more like the fantastic genre of Carlos Fuentes and Julio Cortázar because of the permeating sense of "doubt" inspired by the title character throughout the story. I liked the setting, the plot complexity, and the characters.  The novel is very well-written and parts of the prose are really beautiful.  The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, which seems simplistic and too convenient a way to just finish things up.  It doesn´t seem to "go with" the multi-dimensional character the novel has had throughout.  Still, I find myself thinking about this story and asking lots of whys, hows, and what ifs--and that is definitely one of the marks of a good book! 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An interesting

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    An interesting combination of historical fiction and a little bit of sci-fi which took me out of my comfort zone, but I definitely enjoyed the gentle nudge.  Set during WWII and ending in the 1970s, this book takes the reader on a tour of history through the eyes of one family as they live with an extraordinary secret.  

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    A fantasy love story at its finest

    I would recommend this book to any reader. I was skeptical at first when I received a proof of this book, but after the first few pages I could not put this down.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Anon

    Loved this book. Happy, sad and sweet with people you could really feel something for. Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Interesting premise

    This is a fantasy type story. It held my interest and was well-written, but not really my cuppa tea.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    What a wonderful story!

    This book just sucked me in! I will agree with one of the other reviewers in that it covers some topics that some people might be uncomfortable with. But I think it was just a beautiful love story. Sure it was a little far-fetched but it's fiction, for heavens sake. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Different...

    What a strange book. I guess if you like sci-fi you might like it. I liked the characters, I just couldn't get into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Terrible

    What was this supposed to be about? I kept thinking, okay here is the meaning....but no meaning came. Pure fantasy with no purpose. If you like fantasy, then I guess you would like this but otherwise, save yourself from being bored as well as your $$.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    A great read!

    Not your traditional love story. I would read another book by this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Too long/far fetched

    This book was over the top for me and it was really hard to get through the last 100 pages. I also did not like the ending. Wouldn't recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    One of the best books i have read

    Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    The enchantef life of Adam Hope

    This was a very unusual read that I absolutely hated to put down. It may not be what you expect but well worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    A beautifully told, original story

    Refreshing to find a unique story so well written. Moving, surprising and, yes, enchanting!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Enchanted Writing

    I generally prefer crime novels, but I loved this story. The characters are well-drawn. The pacing kept me engaged. Take a chance on this unusual story.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Rhonda Riley is so imaginative - want to read more of her work

    The Life of Adam Hope draws you in and takes you to another world that feels at the same time everyday and dream-like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Boo!

    Totally disappointing for me. I kept reading hoping for something deeper, something thought provoking...ugh! It never came!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Adam Hope

    Liked this. Kind of weird.There was that lesbian love affair part I didnt like and thought it didnt need to be part of the story. Would have given this 5stars,if not for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Brilliant

    This book was a little strange at first. If you stick with it you'll be moved by the beautiful story of love, loss and family ties. One of the most moving novels I have read.

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