The Prodigal: A Novel

Michael Hurley
CreateSpace (2013)
ISBN: 9781482694277
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (12/13)


I am so thrilled to have been the one to review “The Prodigal” by Michael Hurley! On the cover there is a quote that Kirkus Reviews called the book romantic and I was instantly like…ugh. A romance written by a man, well I have to say that I wondered how that would end up. I have been reading a lot of romance written by women that I haven’t been able to wrap my heart around but WHOAH BABY! Michael did it right! There is a romance involved in the story however it is not the story, but just a piece.

Aiden Sharpe is a lawyer, known to make them cringe in court. Unstoppable is what Aiden is. Until crap happens and hits the fan hard. Shipped off to Ocracoke Island to start a new life, the story comes to life with bar fights, sail boats and Sunday Mass. The story involved a lot of different elements and for me, it was so entertaining. Once I got into the first couple of chapters, I was hooked.

Things kept happening and everything that happened fit perfectly. New friendships were made, lives changed and lives lost. Michael’s writing style is quite artistic. He has a way with words that is similar to a love story painted on a canvas. I have fallen in love with Michael’s work and I cannot wait to see what he does next.

I don’t think I found any flaws in this piece. As a North Carolina native myself, there is a piece of southern hospitality that I recognized within these pages. What an excellent, exhilarating novel. I feel like “The Prodigal” could really be a bestseller. I would say that anyone, man or woman, who loves sailing and the beauty of the sea will enjoy this novel. Not to mention the well-constructed romantic element, that is more mature than anything I have read all year. A breath of fresh air!

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