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.
This was an intriguing and very moving story, very well-written. Held my interest to very end and kept me up late at night. Looking forward to other books by this author!Published 6 days ago by LauraW
Finishing the book is a grief. I miss Evelyn, her family, her community. The book has complex characters who are well written and surprisingly different. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Observer One
This is a story of love, mystery and secrets. Evelyn runs the family farm alone in a small North Carolina mill town, until a rainy cold day when she makes a freakish discovery in... Read morePublished 27 days ago by MarC
One of my favorite books now. I can't to see what Ms. Riley writes next.Published 28 days ago by Cheryl Higham
Although I did struggle with this book in the beginning, I will say that I ended up enjoying it. I think it is a great story. This is one of those books that one hates to see end. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Love My Kids
This is a wonderful book!! Hated for it to end. Hope to read more from Rhonda Riley in the future.Published 1 month ago by Catherine Breitfeller
I absolutely loved this book. Did not realize until the end that this was a Gainesville author and I live in Gainesville, Florida. The book was incredible. A must read!Published 2 months ago by Lisa Schiavoni
I mentioned happenings in this book as if they were friends. Certainly not something I expected. I can't say what I will read next.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Uncommon story with deep life meaning. Recommend to those who seek to get a good read that is not chick lit or for young adults!Published 2 months ago by Daphné Allanore-de Baritault