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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227295
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...her book emphasizes the way God’s plan surfaces in the most unlikely of places." -- BC Christian News

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Two unimaginable tragedies . . . Two broken lives . . . One more chance . . . Life was rewarding for Samuel Truelove. A gifted heart surgeon, he married the love of his life and had a beautiful daughter. But when he was called to perform an emergency surgery, a deadly cascade of events was set in motion... Annie Truelove, hoping to escape painful reminders of her grief, leaves her beloved home in the mountains of North Carolina to begin a new life in faraway Seattle. But sorrow and bitterness still haunt her. When she is offered a prestigious position with the Los Angeles Times, Annie believes this will allow her to finally shake off the past. Instead, a newspaper headline takes her home, where memories of former things, of joy and of sorrow, come flooding back. Will these two broken people find healing and hope for their ravaged hearts? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The. characters we very real.
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I am only able to read at bedtime but each night I cannot wait to pick up my Kindle and begin reading....then I fight going to sleep because I don't want it to end.
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It's a story of faith, hope, and of God's love and sovereignty.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
In Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Samuel Truelove enjoyed his work as a highly regarded heart surgeon, cherished his beloved wife Annie and treasured their daughter, but never allowed family to get in the way of surgery. When he blew his daughter's diagnosis, a wedge formed between Annie and him. Reconciliation failed as Annie finally gave up on Sam and left for her sister's home when he chose surgery over her. His idyllic life collapsed further when pride drove Sam to perform an emergency operation when he was in no condition to do so, resulting in tragedy.

Annie fled her husband to work at the Seattle Times and ultimately she obtained a job with the Los Angeles Times. She hoped to gain some solace in her work, but a headline forces her to return to the place of her greatest sorrow, her hometown where Sam, seeking redemption for his sin of pride at a clinic, has prayed everyday for five years for a second chance as he needs her now more than ever.

AT THE SCENT OF WATER is an intriguing inspirational relationship drama that stars a prideful modern day Job, who had everything, but lost it all in a series of appalling errors that cost lives and his family. The story line is character driven mostly by Sam, but to a degree by Annie who has given up on him, love, and in many ways God because she ponders why bad things happen to good people. Though the action is limited readers who cherish a powerful insightful look at two lost souls seeking solace and redemption will want to read this moving tale.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on November 2, 2004
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Following the devastating loss of their young daughter, Sam and Annie separate and try to create new lives for themselves, 2,000 or so miles apart. But five years later, circumstances bring them both back to the same North Carolina town where they once lived and loved each other, and where both of their families have been praying for their reconciliation for half a decade.

But that's not all. Sam and Annie's last name is Truelove. Neither seems to have been involved in any kind of close relationship in those intervening years, though Sam's career as a surgeon and Annie's as a journalist wouldn't exactly have kept them cloistered. The home they shared when they were married is exactly as it was the day Annie took off in Sam's truck, seemingly for good. Their clothes still hang in the closets, and all of their belongings appear to be intact --- no mildew or damage from hungry insects or rodents, no interruption of electrical service, pretty much everything still in pristine condition. And every year, Sam goes to the same restaurant on the same date at the same time, hoping that Annie, his...um...true love, will appear and give him a second chance.

If none of that bothers you, then the rest of the book won't either. Not even the fact that these two people are so utterly obsessed with each other that every little thing they do seems to remind them of each other. I half expected Annie to take a breath and suddenly remember that she also used to take a breath when she lived with Sam. Still, they take precious little action toward reconciliation even though the constant flood of memories seems to rule their lives. (In a moment of clarity and decided understatement, Annie realizes that "the memories of her life were all entwined with Sam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha E. Steele on April 18, 2009
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I really enjoyed the boook At the Scent of Water. I have read several of Linda Nichols books and really enjoy the way she writes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annelise S. on July 23, 2009
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This is, hands down, one of the best books of adult Christian fiction I've read in many years. It's rare that I read a novel that really changes me; this one did. After I read/inhaled it the first time, I bought the audio version and listened through again because it was so rich I didn't get it all the first time. I know this is a book that I'll return to again and again.

I live near the area where the story is supposed to have taken place. Linda Nichols captured the setting truly and beautifully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Ferguson on August 9, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Linda Nichols. She is a gifted author she uses great detail in her writing, creating such a clear visual image of the events taking place in the story. It's a story of faith, hope, and of God's love and sovereignty. I strongly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Love 2 Read on March 2, 2005
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After reading the other reviews all I can say (WITHOUT GIVING TO MUCH AWAY) you will not be sorry you picked this book up. I have gone back through and looked up scripture reference. And wrote the ABC of salvation in the back of my bible to share with others later. Today I am purchasing Linda Nichols other books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on July 12, 2006
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This book was the first I have ever read by Linda Nichols. You will not regret buying this book. It kept my interest from the moment I picked it up. Definately a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Debarr on August 2, 2013
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I used to read a lot, too much, but as I have aged I have decided that rereading a really good book beats reading a hundred fast-food types looking for a good book. Linda Nichols is one of my favorite authors. Her books are well written and nourishing for your soul. This one is exceptional!!! It is the story based on a chain of events, heart rending tragedies, but the story opens five years past that. I don't like to inflict pain on myself and someone reading the synopsis might think that the book is that but that is not what the book is at all. The book is healing. The book is like having a mentor sit with you and share life. If you want to live life fully, not skimming its surface I heartily recommend this book. This is definitely one of my keepers, I read it every year or two.
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