Water from My Heart: A Novel

Water from My Heart: A Novel

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by Charles Martin
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin's breathtaking novel of love and redemption.

Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the

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New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin's breathtaking novel of love and redemption.

Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible—and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could?

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"Love, redemption, selflessness are all a part of Martin's newest story and he uses his superb ability to string words together in the most effective way....This is not your usual summertime read. It stuns you with its power.... pass it on to your best friend. You couldn't give someone a better gift."
Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post"

Amazingly meaningful and deep...The author's gifts for turning a phrase and multi-dimensional characterization are beyond superlative....Highly recommended."—RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK!"

A touching tale of love, loss, and redemption."—Booklist on A Life Intercepted"

Martin is the new king of the romantic novel. . ..A Life Intercepted is a book that will swallow you up and keep you spellbound."—Jackie K Cooper, Book Critic, The Huffington Post, on A Life Intercepted"

A spellbinding novel...Charles Martin took the threads of his storyline and wrapped them around my heart. His unforgettable characters captivate as they confront their hidden pasts and build upon their futures with faith, friendship, and grace."—Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day on Unwritten"

Avid football fans will be rewarded....Equal parts crime thriller/mystery and old-fashioned love story."—Bookpage on A Life Intercepted"

A beautiful story of love, redemption, and football. A winning combination."—Library Journal on A Life Intercepted"

Could easily be ripped from today's headlines. A moving story of lost dreams, unending love, truth seeking and in the end, inspiring redemption. This one is not to be missed!"—Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon and A Place Called Wiregrass on A Life Intercepted"

Martin's story charges headlong into the sentimental territory-and best-seller terrain-of The Notebook, which doubtless will mean major studio screen treatment."—Kirkus (starred review) on Unwritten

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455554683
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
02/02/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
80,375
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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CHARLES MARTIN is a New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels, including his most recent book A Life Intercepted. His work is available in 17 languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.
Learn more: CharlesMartinBooks.com

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Water from My Heart: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin is my favorite author and he writes another winner. Water from the Heart is so good. From the time I turned the first page to the very last I couldn't put it down. His characters are so real and so vivid. I love the way you know their every thought and emotion. I have read everything Martin has written and they are all winners. What a master at putting words together to make a story worth reading and enjoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin's books touch a place in your heart only God can fill. I have read everyone of his books most more than twice. Read and be blessed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just went and purchased his last 5 books that i havent read ,
susanc1249 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Charles Martin's books and this one was as good or better than the others. I loved all the characters and  couldn't wait to see what happened next. I will anxiously wait for his next book.
Lori Robinson More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin is my favorite author. I trust that there will be depth and truth to his characters and to his stories and that held true in Water from My Heart. The story was moving and inspiring.
Anonymous 7 months ago
One of the best fiction romantic novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing, touching, and well written book. I am so glad that I happened across this story and this author. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Charles Martin's books, I can say without hesitation that this is by far his best work yet! The language is rich, the plot flows like water in a stream, and the attention to detail will make you look around and wonder if you are in Nicaragua. The characters will become your best friends; their lives will become part of the fabric of your life. From the moment I picked up the book, I felt something moving inside me. This story broke something in me, softened me, and made me a better person. In the days following, I found myself in a situation which gave me an opportunity to be "love with legs", and I believe my ability to be put myself aside and be there, in the moment, completely present for the people who needed me came from the soul searching that Water from my Heart created in me. I am so caught up in going deeper into the heart of who I am meant to be that I haven't been able to read another book since finishing this one. Thank you, Charles, for this beautiful work of art. I am truly blessed to have discovered your work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Charles Martin since his first book. Though I've read all of his books, his earlier works have been my favorites until this one. Water from my Heart is exceptional and in a class by itself. The story is powerful, with characters who bring us to an unprecedented social and moral conscience-raising level, accentuating just how privileged we are as Americans. It infiltrates the reader into countries and cultures who elicit an awareness of what is ultimately important in life, regardless of status, wealth or power. Thank you, sir, for sharing your soul, faith and beliefs with us so openly. Truly inspiring, unforgettable and life-altering!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Charles Martin creates another masterpiece of characters and beautiful storytelling!  I would give it 10 stars if I could!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WATER FROM MY HEART will wrap your heart in an exceptional journey with Mr. Martin again providing a thought provoking, realistic, and insightful page turner! It is always hard to put down one of Mr. Martin's books once you start reading. Each of the characters seem to be "real" and you become engrossed in the journey. Thanks for another incredible book.
d5lewis More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin's latest book does not disappoint. It is well written and deeply moving with incredible characters and settings. Purchasing and reading this book is time well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a Charles Martin book my soul is refreshed and I am always reminded of God's love, mercy and forgiveness for me and others. I highly recommended you read Water from my Heart and be prepared to be a changed person. The writing is excellent and I read it in 2 days. Charles please keep writing for us you truly have a gift from God. May God bless you and your family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Charles Martin. Again, I could not put it down. If you have not become a fan.......try just one you will be rushing to read all of his books. LOVED IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors. Once you read one of his books, you will want to read them all. Water from My Heart was an excellent book. You can't help but get emotionally wrapped up in the characters. You just don't want to put the book down. Try it...you'll like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend all of Charles Martin books.  I wait anxiously for his book releases.  He writes with so much knowledge of the history and the content of the subjects he is writing about. His characters come alive!  When I started reading Water from My Heart it was like sitting down and talking to an old friend.  I was so excited to start reading.....but sad when I was finished. I couldn't put Water from My Heart down!  Such a great story!   Until the next book release old friend!
pamluvs2cookPB More than 1 year ago
.Charles Martin is a truly gifted writer. To have the talent for words to become 3 dimensional - for words to breath, and live and then move with such force to reshape another . . . . extraordinary. He must have some very exhausting days - - his description of Charlie digging that well wore me out - whew!! I had to take a nap after that! Ahhhh . . . but the water from that well!!! "Water from My Heart" is Chicken Soup for your soul.
Nonnieto8 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Charles Martin's books and I am never disappointed and this one has been added to my list. This is just about my favorite author because he gets deep into the soul of his characters. By the end of this book you are so proud of Charlie. He's been to the bottom but people are placed in his life to help him and not just throw him away. We should all be that way in life. Once again I'm blown away by Mr. Martin's way of turning a character around, and I have been able to observe. Well done!
dobe More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend.  
Stained-Glass-Gal More than 1 year ago
Best ever, highly recommend!  
ShinerD More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin's books never disappoint me.  Rarely are there books that touch my heart like his do.  I highly recommend this book as well as all of his other ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WFMH draws you in from page one. Whe you finish reading it, you want to read it again and savor each chapter. Charles Martin's books inspire and entertain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! The characters were fully developed in an unpredictable plot and the storyline was fascinating. Charles Martin dug deep into the lives of his subjects and allowed me to walk with them hand in hand through their struggles and victories. I always learn things from his books and this one was no exception. Without giving away the story I'll just say take a trip with Charlie Finn to Nicaragua. You'll be glad you went! It was a great read.
AudraJJ More than 1 year ago
The book description doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the story. However, I hate long reviews of a book that rehash everything that happened in the story. To me, a review is telling what you thought of the book, the writing, etc., not a longer summary of the book full of spoilers, so I won't do that. (Pardon my soapbox moment as I get into that discussion regularly). The author has an amazing talent for bringing the reader into the thought process of the main character. What has happened to him to cause him to approach the way he did? What decisions led him to where he is now? Even when a character has done something you would never approve of, you want to be on his side and root him on. You may not want to like the guy, but you do. Charlie's story is a journey of learning it's never too late to start over and that the decisions of your past do not have to dictate your future. While on the surface it may seem that you are a bad person, you can still have a kind and giving heart. You can turn your life around and be forgiven. There is always an opportunity for redemption. Since there is, of course, a romance thread, there is also someone out there that can love you. With impeccable research, the reader feels like they have visited Miami, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Bimini. (I really want to go on vacation now.) Not only that, what could become a messy web of details is perfectly interwoven and connected together. I admire the gift of being able to tell a story and keep all of the details straight. You really should check this one out! *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is the first time I have read a book written by Charles Martin and it will not be the last. Wow, what a story!!! I may be wrong, but I think there is something in it for everyone as it had me captivated from the beginning. By social standards, a young boy (Charlie Finn) struggles in everyday life as he comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He doesn't like school; however, his intelligence allows him to coast through with a high GPA even when skipping classes to surf most of the time. He decides to go to Harvard on a full scholarship and even there he graduates with a MBA 4.00 GPA without applying effort. After graduation, he encourages his girlfriend to go with him to and island for downtown time. It turns out the girl's father is extremely rich, high powered, and unethical with his daughter, employees as well as in business deals. Even so, in order to stay close to his girlfriend Charlie accepts her father's job offer. The father keeps him traveling from place to place in order to keep them apart. Finally, he realizes what his boss is doing and leaves the company, the girlfriend because she is not strong enough to leave her father as well as his money because the father doesn’t pay him. Charlie returns to his island getaway but gets caught up in another job which is illegal, dangerous and exciting. The major difference in his new job – the new 'boss' doesn't cheat him and actually likes him bringing him into the family-fold even going so far as making him the godfather to his two children. While on the island he meets a young, beautiful doctor and they fall in love and are about to become married when a horrific accident to his boss’s little girl has the doctor confronting him on what his occupation really is. Once she discovers his illegal occupation she leaves him saying she never wants to see him again. Charlie continues working the illegal job and it has him returning to a country in Central America where his first employment had left the people there destitute and he comes full face to the destruction his former boss did thanks to the information he had sent him. While staying there he meets and falls in love with a woman who happens to be a victim on his former job and is dirt poor in every way other than compassion. Months later and before he can confess his part in the community's destruction he is ambushed and critically wounded. This woman saves his life numerous times on the ground and during the medical air flight. His boss uses his private, high speed jet to get him out and to a hospital in the USA. The doctor who has to save his life and repair the damage done to him during the ambush is none other than the one to whom he was supposed to wed. She operates on him but the chances of survival are extremely low because he lost most of his blood during the attack and in the air. I'm stopping my review as I don't want to give away the rest of this powerful book. But, please do read the pages after the story ends. These pages are written by the author describing actual events -a mudslide which took more than 3,000 lives during a hurricane - which some of the events within the book are woven into the story.