If a book has either time travel or a love story with supernatural elements, there's a good chance I will read it (as the Greeks say, "know thyself"). My teens were cluttered with books like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, Linda Howard's Son of the Morning and movies like Somewhere in Time. When The Time Traveler's Wife came out, I was thrilled to see someone launching a book with those elements out of genre and into the mainstream. All of which is a long way to say that if you were a fan of Audrey Niffenegger's strange and beautiful novel, I wholeheartedly recommend Rhonda Riley's forthcoming debut, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope.
Like The Time Traveler's Wife, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope centers around a character with supernatural gifts, and a love story. The writing is gorgeous, and the bucolic setting (on a North Carolina farm) is so lush with detail, it's practically a character in the book. Backing up my wild assertions and praise, Library Journal writes, "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."
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope hits shelves next April.