Eternal on the Water is the new book by Joseph Monninger. It is due to be released on February 16, 2010. The following is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.
Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting — a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power.
The synopsis is attention-catching but does not in any way convey the utter beauty of this book. Mr. Monninger is an exquisite writer. Every word and piece of detail in his story holds substance and meaning for the story itself. Cobb and Mary's story is about their true love but it is also about a shared love, regard and appreciation for nature. In our rapidly moving, constantly plusgged-in world, this story of love, nature and the cycles of life is a true gift. For me personally, this book is now one of my three all-time favorites.