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Castle of Water
Castle of Water: A Novel | Dane Huckelbridge
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Two very different people, one very small island. For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. The proud owner of a thriving Parisian architecture firm, co-founded with her brilliant new husband, Sophie had much to look forward toincluding a visit to the island home of her favorite singer, Jacques Brel. For Barry Bleecker, the same trip was meant to mark a new beginning. Turning away from his dreary existence in Manhattan finance, Barry had set his sights on fine art, seeking creative inspiration on the other side of the worldjust like his idol, Paul Gauguin. But when their small plane is downed in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivors of the wreck are left with one common goal: to survive. Stranded hundreds of miles from civilization, on an island the size of a large city block, the two castaways must reconcile their differences and learn to draw on one another's strengths if they are to have any hope of making it home. Told in mesmerizing prose, with charm and rhythm entirely its own, Castle of Water is more than just a reimagining of the classic castaway story. It is a stirring reflection on loves restorative potential, as well as a poignant reminder that homebe it a flat in Paris, a New York apartment, or a desolate atoll a world awayis where the heart is.
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mackelie
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Sophie and Barry find themselves stuck on an island. They don‘t necessarily get a long at first but quickly realise that they need each other for survival.

I felt like I was on an island with the characters while reading this book. There were glimpses of the present day throughout it and I kept on thinking of how it will end…

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MynameisSnow
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I adored this book! The author is a wordsmith! It felt like the story flowed as easy as waves upon the shore. I literally could have been in a hammock beneath a coconut grove while reading this. A story of 2 ppl from completely different worlds, end up deserted together on an unknown Island. The words were beautiful, and the story had me. The ending was perfect. I could not love it more. A perfect summer read.

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MynameisSnow
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Ok so still ADORING this book, BUT I have a bone to pick. These 2 have been living off of bananas for a year now, and still no mention of constipation or bloating? Come now 🤪

Curiouser_and_curiouser If you Google "Banana Girl" you will see that this woman actually only eats bananas for long periods of time, 30 a day from memory. She looks amazing! I don't think bananas could possibly constipate anyone, but I'm sure a lot of other more unnatural foods would most likely be the culprit. Bananas are full of fiber and energy. 2y
MynameisSnow @Curiouser_and_curiouser wow yeah she does look amazing. I guess it‘s unique to individuals then because I LOVE bananas but if I have more than 1 a day, I pay for it dearly. Doc told me they can be tricky in digestion when you eat too many of them. Then again I guess it‘s probable that they body gets used to what it‘s given. I do know that they are fullllll of nutrients. (edited) 2y
MynameisSnow @Curiouser_and_curiouser what would be your 1 food pick if you had 1 food to live off of for the rest of your life? Mine would be almonds 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @MynameisSnow you know, I probably would say bananas. They are my go to, esp when I'm avoiding bread/pasta/rice type foods. Love bananas. I buy kilos every week & they go fast in my house where we promote fresh food over packaged. My kids love them too. I could easily eat 5-6 a day if I'm avoiding white carbs. My daughter blends them with frozen berries & makes her own healthy "ice cream". Very versatile & yummo! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @MynameisSnow We love almonds though, we make our own almond milk, it was my daughters first milk aside from breast milk. And our delicious flour free chocolate chia cake has lots almonds also. It's great to rely on if you choose not to eat flour based products :) Stay safe and healthy, esp in this current time. 2y
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MynameisSnow
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Not too far into this book yet, but I‘m immediately gripped. Eek at the Oceanic White Tip Shark scene!!!! In love with the way this story is narrated, sort of like Stranger Than Fiction style. Im in love with the character set up. I‘m in it, be back with you when it‘s finished for final thoughts ❤️

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MynameisSnow
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Starting this today on my beachfront paradise getaway. I couldn‘t think of a more perfect beach read 😘

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Kboltz
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Four people fly to an island near Tahiti and only two make it to a small atoll after their plane goes down. Barry and Sophia learn to live on this deserted island. Great read.

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bookandbedandtea
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I don't know that I've ever read a castaway story before. 🤔 This is a tale of survival and resilience and love. I enjoyed it.

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bookandbedandtea
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I've encountered more random Colorado mentions in this month's reading than I usually come across in 6 months. I love it!

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mreads
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Sophie and Barry didn't say #letsgetlost they just happened to be on the same plane and the sole survivors when it's downed in the middle of the South Pacific. A bittersweet 4⭐
#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I‘m kind of into these survival love stories 😁 3y
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Becker
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This book takes an old story and writes it with a fresh voice.🏝🍌

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Bakingbookworm
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2 STARS - This castaway story lacked tension, characters I could root for and spent too much time adding in French phrases (which I understood but seemed repetitive). Definitely not as good of a read as I was expecting.

EKonrad Agreed! 3y
Kboltz How could you not root for Barry and Sophia? 2y
Bakingbookworm @Kboltz I honestly barely remember this book. I remember not enjoying it. 2y
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cinann
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Thanks to all who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. I went birthday shopping for myself yesterday at Boswell Book Company on the east side of Milwaukee. While there were a lot of books that I could have bought, I settled on these two. I also found a pair of book nerd socks and a mug with the store's logo on it. It was a good day. 😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I love The Address!! 💗💗 3y
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TorieStorieS
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#BeauTEAfulBooks - this is the first one that I‘ve received for our mail book and tea club! And I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Great pick, @TerriGreen ! And I‘m glad @debthmpsn enjoyed it, too!! I love how the author made such a cliched trope feel fresh!!

debthmpsn Glad you liked the book. Love your 🦈 mug 4y
TorieStorieS @debthmpsn I thought it was a good match for this book!! 😁 4y
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debthmpsn
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I have not been able to put this book down all day. It snared me within the first few pages and wouldnt let me go and then it ripped my heart out and the character‘s pain became mine. Jebus. Talk about exceptional writing. This is definitely a story that will stick with you. #beauTEAful books @t

TerriGreen Yes! All the feels! I am so glad you liked it. 4y
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debthmpsn
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Chapter 2 opens with a short, very descriptive account of my biggest nightmare and fear. I‘ve dived right into this book and read half of it this morning. Now I have to go adult and work on our bathroom renovation. #IdRatherBeReading #BeauTEAful book @TorieStorieS @TerriGreen

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debthmpsn
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After a couple hectics weeks on the road I‘m finally home and opened my #beauTEAful tea lovers postal book club. Excited to read the book and sip some tea.

@ReadingManda @TorieStorieS @TerriGreen hope you are enjoying your book and tea!

TorieStorieS Mine hasn‘t arrived yet!! I‘ll try to read quickly once it does to not throw the schedule farther off! 😬 4y
debthmpsn @TorieStorieS Yikes! Has @ReadingManda sent it yet? 4y
TorieStorieS I‘m not sure- Her last email she sent a week ago just says that it‘s been crazy for her and that she hopes it comes soon... based on the six week schedule, I thought we were aiming to send the next round by May 13th! 4y
TerriGreen I‘m so glad you like everything! I am enjoying @TorieStorieS selection! I am hoping to finish before we leave next week on vacation so I can mail on time. I hope you get your package soon! Btw I loved the homemade gift in my package,Torie! I‘ve gotten lots of compliments on it! (Trying not to spoil it for the others.) 4y
TorieStorieS @TerriGreen Yay!!! I‘m so happy that you are enjoying the book and the gift too!! 😃 4y
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UnabridgedPod
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Yay! I so, so loved CASTLE OF WATER, and our discussion was, I think, such a good one, though we all felt as if we could have talked and talked about this gorgeous, complex book. Stick around for the book pairings, and teachers, listen for the classroom connections at the end.

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raelaschoenherr
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Finished this one beside the pool today. Oh my word, sooo good! I don‘t want to say too much, just read it ❤️

Reviewsbylola Summer needs to get here soon so I can read poolside again!!! 4y
raelaschoenherr @Reviewsbylola I agree!! I had to travel across the country to get pool weather :) 4y
monnielane I really enjoyed this one! 4y
raelaschoenherr @monnielane So good! I can totally see this being a movie. 4y
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Bahaha!

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raelaschoenherr
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The only thing that kept me from bursting into tears at this part of #CastleofWater was the fact that I‘m surrounded by other people on a plane.

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raelaschoenherr
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I probably shouldn‘t be reading this on an airplane considering the setup...but here I go!

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UnabridgedPod
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Just a reminder that @unabridgedpod is holding a “Read with Us” giveaway—you can win a copy of #castleofwater by #danehuckelbridge to read@with us for a future episode. Head over to our Instagram page for details!

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UnabridgedPod
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Head over to @unabridgedpod on Instagram for details about our podcast‘s giveaway! Get ready to read with us as we take on Dane Huckelbridge‘s Castle of Water.

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Kboltz
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I loved this book about survivors stranded on a Polynesian atoll Island. He is American and she is French. The story throws in a timeline of what is happening around them from the past and from what they are missing back home. I think this may now be my favorite book from this year👍🏼🛶🐚🍌🐙🌴🌊

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GripLitGrl
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Cathythoughts Beautiful title 4y
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suvata
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4.5/5
Let me preface this by saying I have a terrible fear of flying. Of course, a few chapters in, there is a plane crash. That was just the beginning of the anxiety that persisted throughout the remaining chapters. This a very intense (sometimes humorous) story about the struggles that the two survivors endure while trying to survive on a small, uncharted Pacific island.

SilversReviews Pretty cover. 4y
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suvata
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Yet another castle book. After this, I only have one more book with “castle“ in the title on my TBR list.

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jlondon1963
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Read this after listening to #ModernMrsDarcy podcast with guest Jamie Golden from #Popcast podcast. Based on the recommendation it did not disappoint a creative castaway retelling. Love, loss and survival this is one to be read again. #dogsoflitsy Bailey the Puggle.

Zelma I adore both of those podcasts. 👍 4y
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Kristyngansen
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Also a new Christmas gift I‘m excited about. 😍 #18toreadin2018

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amreads
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I knew I was going to love this book as soon as I picked it up. 5/5 stars from me!

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RosieBoo65
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This book! You need to read it now. After a slump of reading blah, mediocre books, this one reminded me why I love to read. You‘ll fall in love with the main characters from start to finish and will want to learn to speak French if you don‘t already know how. I cannot wait for Huckelbridge‘s next novel!

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NovelVisits
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Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge proved to be the perfect pick me up from my fall slump. Light and fun and just a little sappy, I enjoyed this debut about an unlikely pair stranded on a Polynesian atoll. Full review at: https://novelvisits.com/castle-of-water-by-dane-huckelbridge-review/

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nature.books.and.coffee
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I finished this book last week. After the first chapter i didnt think i was going to enjoy it, but after seeing so many people on bookstagram loving it, i kept reading. So glad i did.,it was pretty good! And that ending!! 😢 very emotional... #castleofwater

cobwebmoth Welcome to Litsy! 4y
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nature.books.and.coffee @MrBook Thank you so much. 😀 i just heard of litsy through @JoeStalksBeck and i think im going to love it! 4y
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RosieBoo65
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Starting this gem and using my new LED bookmark.

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Happiestwhenreading
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As the story unfolded, page by page, I began to lose myself. Slowly at first, but then - out of nowhere - I was head-over-heels for everything about this book.

This is a beautiful story of survival, love, death, and grief.

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Castle Of Water is basically a modern castaway story with a twist, and I loved every single moment of it. The prose is just wonderful and combined with the well developed and loveable characters you are definitely in for a treat. An emotional rollercoaster, in the best possible way!

5/5 stars

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cathysaid
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In this #debutnovel, we are presented with a new twist on the stranded-on-a-desert-island storyline. Even with a few implausible situations and events, the relationship between the two main characters engaged me throughout the novel. Recommend. #fiction #debut #debutauthor.

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EKonrad
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This book follows the story of two castaways who are the only survivors of a plane crash. They must figure out how to get by on an island without many resources. Loved getting to know these characters and worried along with them as they faced more and more obstacles. (Plus, I realized I would be pretty much doomed if this ever happened to me!). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EKonrad
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Just got this #bookmail, but don't know much about it. Has anyone read it or know of this author???

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