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Waiting for the Flood

de Alexis Hall

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Sèrie: Spires (2)

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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 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.… (més)
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A romance novella about an angsty young conservator at the Bodleian library struggling to get over a breakup, while flood waters are rising in his Oxford neighborhood. Well written, two fine characters (other than the narrator, whom I didn't love), a bit of humor, with the requisite happy ending. Nifty, but probably totally un-followable recipe for elderflower wine at the back. Not my favorite sort of fluff, but worth 3 stars. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 5, 2021 |
This is the second book in the Spires series. It's short but has the wonderful writing I've found in all Alexis Hall's works. Edwin Tully is a restorer of damaged books in Oxford, England. He wishes he could restore his damaged heart, broken when his longtime love, Marius, left him two years earlier. But there's a storm and Oxford is flooding, so Edwin needs to buttress his home with sandbags and tarps. The engineer in charge, Adam Dacre, is helpful and Edwin is almost immediately attracted, but he's shy and he stutters. Adam is a big man, red-haired and not Edwin's usual type, but the two of them find an intellectual rapport and maybe something more.
Mr. Hall is such a wonderful writer and I've been devouring his books. This story was great but a quick read. I really wanted to know more about Edwin and Adam (I need a sequel). Still, it's a little gem. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Dec 28, 2020 |
I can certainly see where Alexis Hall is not for everyone, but he's most definitely for me--based on the two I have read.

In what amounts to a nearly 3 hour audiobook, and 100 pages in print, Hall manages to develop two beautiful characters, even more supporting. Somehow, the relationship builds convincing intimacy in that short time span. And Hall writes the kind of prose I just enjoy reading, so even if I didn't love all of this the strength of the writing would give me goosebumps--and often did.

Edwin is quiet, and piecing himself together and realizes he's holding himself back from 'adventure' due to some serious pain and grief from his prior relationship. After 10 years, he is left and left wondering if he is unlovable. At that point, the flood never came (as they are expected every so often) but 2 years post-relationship it did. It is during this that he begins to see his need to connect & move on, and the flood brings a delightful prison-delimma, logician joke-making Adam to his doorstep.

But I am everyday, and in some small way he was making me feel like Sunday best

There's a delightful thread running through this book due to Edwin's job and hobby with ephemera, which honestly had me charmed from the beginning. I immediately related it to the photographs I treasure and love to take.

As for the narrator, I would be outside of my ability to comment other than generally. I really enjoyed his performance, once I understood why he may have used the cadence he did for Edwin. (there seem to be a lot of phrasing breaks.)

This is an easy 4 star, which is remarkable, considering that it's a novella. A lovely, quiet novella. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
3.5 stars

This is a great peaceful-feeling type read. I thought it was super sweet and well worth my time. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
3.5 stars

This is a great peaceful-feeling type read. I thought it was super sweet and well worth my time. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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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 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.

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