An Immoveable Solitude, by SA McAuley, is an emotional journey of love and forgiveness. It is a book I have been wanting to read for a while and just waiting for the right excuse to do so. I am so glad that I finally had that excuse.
Title: An Immovable Solitude
Author: S.A. McAuley
Publisher: Totally Bound
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The ocean isn’t ready to let go of him yet.
Erik Hash, owner of a shark diving company in South Africa, loses everything in one night—his business, his partner, and his desire to live. The victim of a violent hate crime, he leaves South Africa and takes a job aboard a private yacht to escape.
When his partner reappears after three years, he wonders if there is something left for them to rebuild. But the ocean isn’t ready to let go of him quite yet.
Reader Advisory: This book contains threats of sexual violence.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release by Totally Bound Publishing.
I LOVED this book (I would think the rating told you that much, however). Is Solitude perfect? No. Are the main characters perfect? No. Do they charm your socks off? Yes. Am I completely in love with Erik Hash? Yes (in a completely platonic way, of course). This is one of those books that made me laugh, cry, scream, and melt (all within about 56K words). I don’t think it gets much better than that.
When the story starts, Kerry and Erik and in love and running a business together. Then one day the business is gone and then so is Kerry. McAuley writes such emotion into the fire, leaving, and the aftermath that I was in tears for a good 10% of the book. I don’t mean there was a stray tear running down my cheek. I mean full on ugly-face crying. Very few books lead to ugly-cry face for me.
I loathed Kerry for much of the story after that little departure scene. But that is okay, because that is exactly what Erik did, as well. Since the entire story is written in first person point of view from Erik’s POV, that makes complete sense. Erik is devastated when the man he though he was going to marry abandons him. Of course, they meet again, by accident, 3 years later and all hell breaks loose.
Okay, so all hell doesn’t break loose, but all the emotions Erik thought he had buried… yeah they come back. I think at this point he finally lets himself grieve for what was lost. Even through the estrangement, you can see the bond between the 2 main characters, even if you want to throat punch one of them. Throughout much of the story, I wanted something better for the Erik. I didn’t think Kerry was worthy of him, but what do I know. Characters don’t often listen to their authors, they sure as heck aren’t going to listen to their READERS. In the end, I am still not sure I completely forgive Kerry, but the ending was absolutely beautiful.
As I often tell authors, if they are able to evoke this much emotion in your reader, they have done their job and done it well.
I would like to thank SA McAuley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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