Published by Riptide on 2/21/15
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: eBook, Audiobook
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People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn't need to try.
Alexis Hall is officially my favorite writer on the planet. No other writer can evoke such feeling with their words, and no other makes me feel like they’re relaying my own thoughts and feelings with their pen. I swear, we have the same soul.
Waiting for Flood is an emotional little novella featuring two very lovable characters, one of them so lovable that he might be one of my favorites read, and I only knew him for 100 pages. Edwin Tully is an awkward, lonely, sweet, gem of a man and I loved everything about him. He’s the kind of quietly endearing character that I always connect with, but rarely find. Waiting for Flood follows him over the course of a few days as his town is flooded, and he falls in love.
For some reason, I connected with this book on a nearly visceral level and it’s not for the reason you might expect. Yes, the writing is spectacular and clever, which I’ve come to expect from Alexis Hall, and there are plenty of notable excerpts that’ll pop up all over my social media, as I do love to post his words everywhere. The actual words are immensely beautiful, but it’s the mood he set that pulled me in. Just the vibe of this book…it’s hard to describe. It’s intimate and touching. I can only equate it to those charming indie films that you watch on a whim, and then fall in love with it and wonder why the whole damn world isn’t talking about it. I felt close to this book, close to these characters, and watching this quiet love story unfold was just the sweetest experience.
Also, I listened to this on Audible, and the narrator was spectacular. Edwin stutters when he speaks, and he’s immensely self-conscious, and I think Alexander Doddy portrayed Edwin greatly, and perfectly conveyed Alexis Hall’s words. Waiting for Flood is a winner for me—both the text and audiobook—and I recommend it to the soft-hearted, romance lovers out there.