Today I am pleased to present my review of A Diary’s House:Where True Love Endures by C. David Murphy. This tour is hosted by Promotional Book Tours, and there are opportunities to win a Kindle Fire and 5 autographed copies of the book in paper format.
This is the 3rd appearance of this author and book on my blog: check out the interview with the author of 16 October, here: Interview
To read my review, and see where to purchase the book, please read on
Title: A Diary’s House: Where True Love Endures
Author: C. David Murphy
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback and eBook
Pages: 478 Paper, 734 eBook
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About the Book: A Diary’s House is about adventure, lost love, and the hope that dreams, even those in the final years of life, can at last prevail. It is of a young boy’s attempt to become a man, the once-lost secrets of a diary, a sweeping romance which transcends time and place. It is more than a boy’s journey into manhood, but the mysteries of so many lives unknowingly intertwined, now brought together in a climatic ending; all from the engrossing world embedded in a forgotten diary; a diary of a woman.
Born in the vast and looming mountains of North Carolina during the 1870’s, Landon Hampshire always remembered the folklore and legendary tales his father told him during his early childhood; about the people of the Kituhwa (Cherokee) and the birth of this tribal nation – an enchanting story he could never forget. Incorporating the aid of an eccentric old French trapper (old man Montague), Landon and his friends set out on an adventure, their initial intention is to discover treasure and become men. But what Landon will eventually come to discover is more than he ever bargained for.
Landon didn’t realize his boyhood adventure would yield the incredible journey he ultimately experiences – going down the mysterious and mystical Randola River. At the base of the river is an island even more mysterious than the Randola itself.
The island releases many of its mysterious, yet even many more are created when Landon discovers, on the island, a diary of a young woman who lived forty years prior during the 1830’s (Trail of Tears). The diary entries are hopeful, though haunting. It reveals, in intimate detail, the life and dreams of this very special young girl who is turning into a woman of beauty and adventure, her love for a Cherokee boy, and the trials she will ultimately face. Her story unfolds through the reading of her diary, and Landon suddenly finds himself caught up in a sweeping, empowering world of re-invention and ultimate redemption.
My Review: I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. Participating in the Promotional Book Tour with this review. I was not compensated for my review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I’ll be honest and start this review by saying this was not the book for me. But, it will strike just that chord of WOW with other readers, and most of the issues that I had with the story are based in my own personal prejudices garnered from years of reading.
The author has created a beautiful story that feels much like a love letter to the possibilities of what might have been. That is the overwhelming sense I had when I turned the last page. As habit, I tend not to read dedications before I read a book: in this case, the dedication was a reinforcement of my thought of this book as a love letter.
The story starts with an elderly Landon, feeding the pigeons, and his personal favorite pigeon, also named Landon, who is the gentlemen of pigeons, and far more reserved and introspective than the average pigeon. As a metaphor, it works beautifully to highlight the personality of the main character, and his introspective narration of the story. While the author shows great facility with metaphor, simile and description, the overuse of all 3 literary techniques removes the reader’s imagination and input, making the reading feel overdone to me.
I have been reading for a long time, and part of the joy of a new story is to visualize that scene using my own references with a few choice options from the author. It isn’t required for the author to use detail to describe a frosty breath on the air: we have all seen that. Unfortunately, in this story, the author has detailed to the smallest degree, leaving no scope for me as a reader, and that tends to pull me out of the story and erase my own visual imagery, or readjust it to fit his. As an occasional event, this is not an issue. Sadly, this extreme wordiness and directed description had me putting the book down, it blocked the flow and the enjoyment promised by the elements converging in a unique way, while explaining and incorporating history and references that were not familiar to me. There are, however, readers who want to be treated to a movie or stage play in their reads: to have each detail accounted for to just ride along, with a surety from the author that what they have presented is exactly what each reader will see. I’m just not one of those readers.
The story is unique with incorporation of Cherokee Legend and a coming of age trek by a group of young boys, a ghostly element that may be more a facet of their own suggestibility or could be residue from the area and history. At the heart, it is a love story: love of self, family, history and romantic interests. While the wanting to know kept me coming back to complete the story, I wish I had been able to toss my own need to be involved in the story by creating my own imagery, to really fully appreciate it.
I give this book 3.5 stars: with the realization that other readers will and do love this book – but the length and wordiness did not hold my interest in the way I had hoped it would.
About the Author: I am a writer; first and foremost. Anyone who reads my works will instantly know this. I have found no greater joy on this earth than to be close to God and nature; exploring the serenity of landscapes, waterfalls, epic mountains, meadows and grasslands. To sit on those spots of earth and write to where my imagination will take me yields a tremendous amount of peace and serenity.. To create characters with true and genuine emotions, feel their heartbeat thru every word I write; their trails, their hopes and ambitions; to breathe life into their eyes and see their soul become one with me and the reader is absolutely amazing. I simply love to create on that venue and canvas; to affect change in the lives of others. It is my hope, when someone picks up my stories and reads the full weight of them, that somehow I have affected change in their lives, brought them to places they could never have imagined before, and moved them to believe in humanity again – to go out into the world and create ‘goodwill towards all’.
A Diary’s House is C David Murphy’s first digitally published novel. He is also the author of two Shakespearean-style genre plays: In the Years of the Ages and Hildengrass. He is currently finalizing his next novel, When Tomorrow Never Comes and The Chronicles of Good and Evil – Dracula’s Lair / The Darkest Tower, both due out later this year. Also, the sequel to A Diary’s House is in the works – The Long Journey Home due out the first part of 2013.