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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062099442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062099440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An incredible, otherworldly love story...[that] reads with the urgency of a lifelong secret finally confessed.” (Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Pure and Girl Talk)

“First-time novelist Riley’s exquisite language draws the reader into this improbable, beautifully rendered, somewhat biblical love story with a wildly imaginative premise that is irresistible, tender, and provocative.” (Library Journal)

“Rhonda Riley’s debut novel fuses a lyrical, tender love story with a sophisticated depiction of a supernatural sentient being… [Riley] succeeds both in getting the reader to suspend disbelief and fashioning a compelling story.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Well-written and stocked with many strong characterizations.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Folkloric elements blend with pure romance in Rhonda Riley’s startling The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, a debut novel that raises questions about how well we ever know our loved ones--and whether it even matters….Riley’s unusual meditation on the private worlds we build to shelter our partners and our children is written with earthiness and deep appreciation for the power of the land…. Both dreamily erotic and filled with the relatable minutiae of day-to-day life (Shelf Awareness)

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is strange and powerful, a hybrid work that’s part Alice Munro, part Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and entirely, marvelously, itself. In her debut novel, Rhonda Riley has written the most resonant and touching love story I’ve read in a very long time.” (Lauren Groff, bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton)

“Enhanced by gorgeous depictions, THE ENCHANTED LIFE OF ADAM HOPE evokes the wonder of being alive, of loving, of finding one’s home. By the end, it feels like you have truly listened in on a life. This should be one of 2013’s most deserving hits.” (BookPage)

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope creates a world in which the reader will encounter the full spectrum of emotions… This stunningly beautiful and unforgettable novel, a testament to the possibilities and triumph of love, find a permanent home in the reader’s heart.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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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.


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The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is a unique and fierce love story.
Laura Booksnob
It lets me know that no matter what obstacles that one may come up against, ...........love will survive.
Clayton E Anderson
I haven't read a book in a long time that stayed with me as much as this one has.
C. G. King

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BrooklynReader on April 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. The voice of Evelyn drew me in and kept me close until the very end. I was sad to finish this book because that meant saying good-bye to the characters, the time, the place. I would have liked to have stayed there longer! This book is infused with wisdom, enchantment, the ordinary made extraordinary, all wrapped up in a wonderful, completely absorbing, and unexpected, page-turning, plot. The language is both exquisite and accessible. I don't know how to say this without sounding sappy (and this is not a sappy book at all) but it also has some of the most beautiful love and love-making scenes I've ever read - I felt I learned a lot about the beauty of life (and was slightly jealous) reading them.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Gremelspacher TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 24, 2013
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The narrator is Evelyn Roe. It is the end of WWII, and a family death has necessitated her taking over her aunt's farm on her own. She is 17, but suited to the work and the solitude. She finds a stranger half dead on the land, and he appears to be recovering from a burn with blurred features and pitted skin.

The stranger evolves over the next week into almost the twin of Evelyn. And of course she is "other". In this is my single criticism in that this device is very similar to the movie, "Starman", in whihc the visitor from another star evolves into a known man using his DNA. But that is the end of the resemblance. The plot evolves almost secondary to the characters. The other, Addie becomes lover, friend and helper. The prose is lovely. The scenes of Addie learning humanity are lucid and luminous. At one point she is puzzled by people attempting to lie which she finds transparent "like a naked man trying to straighten his tie." Obviously from the title, an enchanted Adam Hope appears, but i think the particulars might be spoilers, so I stop here.

Set in a tiny mill town after the war, the book offers lovely scenes and vignettes of rural America. In a time before media, Evelyn struggles and succeeds to keep her secret until the revelation, this journal. I found the whole novel to be an easeful experience, and I enjoyed the philosophy of acceptance to be heartening.
This is a first time book, and I think she produced a lovely novel. If I could, I would award 4.5 stars, but I enjoyed the reading enough to round up to 5.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Ingraham on April 26, 2013
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I truly enjoyed the story and the details of the land. As a Floridan and a big fan of the parks here I appreciated the inclusion of Adam's love of the parks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By IBCSucks on May 29, 2013
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Evelyn Roe was a rather solitary person who was most closely tied to the land. As WWII was ending, she, the eldest child, was a teenager charged with running the small family farm. One night, she made a startling discovery when she found a stranger practically buried in the mud on her property. The person was grotesque and apparently had been badly burned, looking similar to the pictures of Japanese people after Hiroshima. It was almost all the tall and physically strong Evelyn could do to dig him out of the mud and drag him into her small house. With no electricity or running water, Evelyn did all the back-breaking work necessary to warm the person up and assist him in regaining consciousness. Over time, the person changed in startling ways. This was an amazing fantasy that also brings in such universal themes as love, loss, and family ties. This person who eventually became her husband Adam was both incredibly naive and otherworldly wise. He had no past of which he was aware and while Evelyn certainly knew he was no ordinary human, neither of them knew exactly what he was. Over their life together, Evelyn yearned to share her secret with someone, especially her beloved mother, but was never able to. Her story would be too out of the ordinary and she even feared she might wind up confined to a mental institution. After a terrible family tragedy, Adam does something that makes it clear there is something different about him and the folks of tiny Clarion North Carolina were to never forgive him for it. In this manner and with some other incidents of a more earthly nature, Riley brings in some of the themes of racial prejudice without being strident or preachy.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dannette on June 2, 2013
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I fully appreciated the story and varied messages. There are issues addressed that some might find uncomfortable, and I am glad that the author had the courage to deal with them tastefully and beautifully. This book is hard to pigeon hole into a genre, which is quite refreshing. I look forward to future works by this author. Please hurry!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Texas granny on May 29, 2013
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Rhonda Riley outdid herself in this mesmerizing account of a young woman and the love of her life.
I had trouble laying it down once I began. While some people will have problems with parts of this
book, since it is not all scientifically possible yet, the basic story is still a love story. Will be watching
for more of this writers work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Max on July 3, 2013
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I loved everything about this book, without a doubt the best book I have read in years. I have read several books since and numerous samples. With every book I finish my thoughts return to this book and how brilliant it is. Every book and sample I begin, I hope it might be as good as this one....nothing close since.

Don't read the reviews that dissect it or spoilers or hints. If you like stories out of the ordinary, totally original with supernatural but not creepy elements - this is a story by a story teller, like none other.

There are writers and there are story tellers, and there are story tellers who can write. Rhonda Riley is the latter.
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