The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
On a cold and rainy night in the late 1940s, Evelyn leaves the farmhouse she tends herself to ensure that the drainage she has dug is working to encourage the flow of water away from her foundation. As she scans the land near her home, she finds what she at first believes to be a badly burned soldier buried in the mud.
With her excavation of this “being,” Evelyn finds something supernatural – a person, of sorts, not of this world. With her caring, this creature soon begins to take shape. Not any shape, mind you, but the exact same shape as Evelyn. The two soon become extremely close and work to come up with a story that can explain “Addie’s” presence at Evelyn’s farm and more importantly, her uncanny resemblance
In time as the love blossoms between these two women, Evelyn confides that though she loves Addie, she wishes for children — something Addie can’t provide . . . or can she? A short exodus from the farm brings Addie back but not as a woman; as a man — a man who is Addie in all but gender and whom they name Adam.
As fantastic as this plot line seems, it is amazing how this deft writer in her debut novel sweeps the reader along into that realm where one is willing to suspend disbelief. This is a haunting and original love story that transcends time, place, and gender to reveal a love full of enchantment and wonder
Ecco/HarperCollins; ISBN 978-0- 06209-944-0; $15.99.