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.
Reading this story encourages introspection. Who am I ? What makes me who I am? The sweetness and acceptance throughout the story balances the sadness at its completion.Published 12 days ago by Terri M. Williams
What a fantastic story! It just kept pulling me in and I couldn't put it down. It was so different; not like anything I've ever read before. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Delores Mcclean
Interesting premise. But just a little "off" for me. I really wanted to love this book but it just did not come together for me.Published 24 days ago by Jerri
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by MarC
One of my favorite books now. I can't to see what Ms. Riley writes next.Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Catherine Breitfeller