Eternal on the Water

Eternal on the Water

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Cobb, a devoted teacher and nature-lover, takes a sabbatical from his New England boys prep school seeking to experience what Henry David Thoreau and the transcendentalists did in the early nineteenth century. Kayaking to the last known spot where the American writer and philosopher camped four years before he died, he encounters the beautiful free-spirited Mary. Also a teacher, avid bird-watcher, and deft adventurist, Mary is flirtatious and beguiling, and the two soon become inseparable. Mary is like no one Cobb has ever met before, but he gets the feeling that she is harboring a secret. Eventually she shares her fears with Cobb that she may be carrying the gene for a devastating, incurable illness that runs in her family. Finding strength in their commitment to one another, the two embark on a journey that is filled with joy, anguish, hope, and most importantly, unending love. Set against the sweeping natural backdrops of Maine s rugged backcountry, the exotic islands of Indonesia, scenic Yellowstone National Park, and rural New England, "Tender River" is a timeless and poignant love story that will captivate readers everywhere."

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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1439168334
  • 9781439168332
  • 257,930

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Joe Monninger is a brilliant writer. No one understands nature the way he does, under his skin and straight to his bones. He writes about new love with such tension, emotion, and the deep passion and understanding that develops between two people. The novel will keep you up all night. "Eternal on the Water" will be a classic." --Luanne Rice, "NYTimes" bestselling author of "The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners ""

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Customer reviews

From the beginning we know how this is going to end but that only made me want to read the book even more. I really was shocked and surprised by the final events, but i suppose this is natural. Both Mary and Cobb are very interesing and strong characters and the outdoors descriptions are just splendid, it almost feels like you're in the middle of the landscapes. I really liked the fact that the author added some animal stories and legends in the book. I like animals a lot and i really enjoyed them. They are brilliant and I really think they are very important for the story. Overall its a very sad love story but Mary is a very strong woman and they way she assumes her condition is very impressive. I would recommend this book to everyone, but be prepared to cry and have tons of handkerchief within more
by ambika
Eternal on the Water opens with a tragedy and then takes us to the start of a beautiful and unusual love story. From the start we know that this isn't the usual boy meets girl love story, but as we learn more about Mary and Cobb we appreciate just how different these lovers are. Mary and Cobb take us with them as they explore unsullied nature and the power of solitude. Solitude, friendship, and the very best of companionship give the story special insight and power. Review copy provided by the Barnes & Noble First Look Book more
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