Water from My Heart by Charles Martin

Water from My Heart

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin's breathtaking novel of love and redemption.Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it...

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ISBN:1455554707
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Number of Pages:368 pages

Water from My Heart Reviews

  • Pamela
    Nov 16, 2014

    After the last page, all I wanted was to soak in the benevolent afterglow of this powerfully amazing and bittersweet story, with all the elements of love, joy, heartache, missteps, self-protecting indifference, redemption and pain. For hours I laid awake thinking, praying, crying, smiling - reflecting upon the peoples and mountains of Nicaragua - both from within the story and from my days as a short term missionary in Jinotega - in conjunction with cocaine, drug runners, vanity, fast boats and

    After the last page, all I wanted was to soak in the benevolent afterglow of this powerfully amazing and bittersweet story, with all the elements of love, joy, heartache, missteps, self-protecting indifference, redemption and pain. For hours I laid awake thinking, praying, crying, smiling - reflecting upon the peoples and mountains of Nicaragua - both from within the story and from my days as a short term missionary in Jinotega - in conjunction with cocaine, drug runners, vanity, fast boats and fast living, complacency, coffee plantations, water wells, mangoes, volcanoes, corporate greed, poverty, simple faith, resounding courage, and hope.

    Life is messy. People are flawed. Evil is a reality. Drugs are dealt, cards are folded, lives are ruined. But, there is hope! Even for those whom society deems utterly hopeless.

    It's been a long time since a book has affected me so completely, so thoroughly, so deeply - touching all of my senses with an alarming awakening - pricking all the scars and tender places of my heart and my soul. If I could never read another book, for whatever reason, I would be more than thankful to have at least read

    .

    FIVE ***** Infinitely Amazing and Powerfully Affecting, Highest Praise ***** STARS

    Two other highly recommended Martin titles:

  • Judy Collins
    Feb 12, 2015

    Words cannot adequately convey the power and depth of this amazing multi-generational suspenseful story of determination, love, and redemption. If you only read one book this year,

    would be my "top recommendation."

    Hands down,

    Movie-worthy and deserving of 10 stars.

    Martin's

    Words cannot adequately convey the power and depth of this amazing multi-generational suspenseful story of determination, love, and redemption. If you only read one book this year,

    would be my "top recommendation."

    Hands down,

    Movie-worthy and deserving of 10 stars.

    Martin's

    landed on my "Top 30 Books of 2014", as well.

    I cannot even imagine the time and effort into the writing, and do not want to give away the “journey.” It is an experience. A voyage. This could almost be 2-3 books, a series. Well-paced, once you begin reading, you cannot put it down; a page-turner.

    is a master storyteller. A truly gifted writer --my favorite author, since reading his first book years, ago— to the present, having had the pleasure of reading them all

    He once again delivers an emotional and captivating multi-layered complex story of life, love, tragedy, and best of all, redemption- like "no other."

    Martin grabs you by the heart, from page one to the end, and long after.

    in time and place, from fast boats, glitz, money, yachts, cars, drugs, danger, risk, and wealth from the Jetsetters of Miami, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Pacific, the islands, to Central America— from the poor, downtrodden, chicken coops, bottom of a well, sickness, and coffee fields of Nicaragua, to the past. From a poor childhood in northeast Florida, college at Harvard, studies abroad in London to an MBA, a dazzling investment career, and back to where the stories connect, taking Charlie down a long and dangerous path.

    some good and some evil people along the way, when Charlie least expects-- his wayward ways, his life in the rear view mirror, will catch up- when it matters the most.

    to right the wrong; for redemption and a love he never knew existed—a strong special caring woman, a protector, a family, a teenage boy, a young innocent girl, a friend, a community he will grow to admire, an older mentor father figure, and an extreme feeling of unworthiness next to the courage and sacrifice of one dynamic woman, and all she stands for – crossing his path and changing his life forever.

    is an outdoor enthusiast, similar to the author’s affinity for the great outdoors. Charlie grew up combing the beach in Jacksonville, FL; barefoot, blonde-haired beach bum without a curfew and a bit of a Hunk Finn childhood. He has no memory of his dad, a cab driver who died when he was three and lived with his mom. They were poor; however, with the life insurance money, their modest home was paid for, even though they often lacked for food, clothes and the essentials. His mom worked all the time and left Charlie to fend for himself at an early age. He hated school and his mom did not push him—she allowed him to be a free spirit, similar to her own life. She died when he was sixteen and he was left alone in the world, with no other family.

    he knew he did not want to answer to anyone. He finished high school, working odd jobs and sometimes selling marijuana through his pizza job. His boss Sam used his pizza parlor as a front for the drug dealing and made him an independent contractor. He was only providing a service. In between his drug dealing, Sam taught him how to play poker, and eventually he found himself pretty good, later in life while at college. His teachers at school always said he lacked work ethic but possessed great potential. His graduating high school class even voted him

    he knew he would not be able to make it in the Marines, so Harvard was the next best thing, and he was able to get in with a full scholarship ride—he was smart, good with numbers, hence a major in finance. While in college, he was a runner until he got tired of his track coach on his case. One thing about Charlie, he did not drink or do drugs and he liked outdoor sports and running. He wanted no responsibility and wanted no one to depend on him for anything.

    at Harvard paid for his tuition, room, and board, his stipend did not go far. He then turns to playing poker with the trust fund kids who had a lot of money and crazy enough to bet it all. Given their reckless behavior, he seized the opportunity and provided a service. By the end of his sophomore year, he had money in the bank and was making a name for himself. Risk did not bother him, similar to his mother’s thoughts. He valued nothing, including money, so losing it did not bother him like others, plus he could read body language well, so the higher stakes games were invited only and he soon began racking up. He even won a car (twice). It was not so much the money as it was about, being told what he couldn’t do.

    of Boston and decides on London, studying abroad. His scholarship sent him to London where he studied derivatives, leverage, and the emerald-green eyes of a goddess named Amanda Pickering. She was beautiful, self-confident, and loved to run, like himself. He found out quickly, she came from money, lots of it—like one of the richest girls twenty-five and under in the US. What he also discovers is he was her dad’s scholarship pick.

    even with the private planes, the helicopters, yachts, the estates in the Hamptons, he would not be able to live up in the eyes of her dad. Even though he aced the SAT and had a 4.0 GPA, and would graduate a semester early--However, he was truthful when her father asked how he supported himself back then. He did not come from money nor possess the background. He would not be a choice for his daughter.

    brings him into the fold, but Charlie knows he is using him, as he is smart and knows how to make Marshall money. Marshall owned companies around the world and had a net worth of over $3 billion plus. Someone to take over his cutthroat business one day.

    and the real work began. Even though he owned a condo in Boston, worked for Marshall, making a six figure income; he was on a Gulfstream most of the time. During this time we hear about the Cinco Padres Café Compania fiasco. He and Marshall shared good coffee and they were snobs about it. With many trips to Central American, Charlie finds they could make some money with a great investment. Nicaraguan coffee. During this time, Marshall made sure he was away from Amanda and the office. After spending six weeks on the back of a motorcycle on the dusty roads of Central American he found out everything about the coffee and presented a plan to buy the business as an investment.

    served the best coffee he had ever had in his life (mangoes and coffee) and Marshall agreed. Marshall sends him back with an offer of ten cents on the dollar and the offer was delivered by their attorney and of course the owner was insulted, while he watched from across the street. Marshall would teach them a lesson. He wanted to make sure they broke this company and then they would take over. Marshall even bought the bank that the men used to finance their operations during the lean years. These men, their families, their life, past generations, their history meant nothing to Marshall. They broke this family. Then if not bad enough, Hurricane Carlos came and killed whatever crop was growing and filled up the lake atop a dormant volcano called Las Casitas. The mudslide killed over three thousand people. No more Cinco Padres Café Compania.

    Brendan Rockwell, the pedigree kid from Stanford wanted Marshall’s money and status more than Amanda. Soon Marshall tries to buy Charlie to leave to keep him away from his daughter. Charlie walked away from it all, including Amanda who of course did not stand up to her father.

    how all this is connected. This part I will leave to the reader with a few highlights. After Charlie leaves, he moves to the islands, traveling light; nothing to hold him back and he has some money saved. First, he goes back to Jacksonville and runs into a guy talking about the Bahamian island of Bimini, only forty-four miles off the Florida coast. He moves to Bimini. He catches a ride with the guy and helps him out on the deck.

    life with no deadlines and no stress. Fishing, boating, sleeping in a hammock. There he meets Jake, and Legal Grounds, a coffee shop. With only his shades, flip flops, and shorts, he buys a small shack on the water. He is happy to be away from the rat race and in the process of fixing up his shack, he meets Hack. Hack is an older Bahamian man, with weathered skin, white hair, a wide straw hat, deep wrinkles and smile that would not quit. Around eighty years old, he was full of wisdom and life. Hack was the unofficial grandfather of Bimini.

    and everyone loved him. Their friendship grows and Hack invites Charlie to his shop where he builds wooden skiffs. He had built skiffs for the wealthy, elite, and famous over the years. What better type boat than a skiff and no one made a better bonefish skiff than Hack. Hack teaches him about life and what is important. Hack has no family, no wife, and no children which meant that the skill and artistry involved with building his skiffs would die with him, but slowly he takes Charlie under his wing and teaches him the craft. He could make one skiff a year and bring in $60,000 plus he is a fishing guide. Could life be any better, all in the great outdoors what he loves to do without all the headaches?

    life changes the day a guy by the name of Colin walks in and offers $250,000 for one Charlie has built. When Hack and Charlie go to this guy’s home to deliver, they are blown away! It is a mansion, pools, parties, with all toys, cars, boats, money could offer with a life like Gatsby. This man, Colin has money, power, a wife, a son, and a daughter—he has to be doing something illegal. Soon thereafter, each of these players and family becomes an integral part of Charlie’s life. Colin hires him to work for him.

    fast boats, yachts, and wealth from the elite in Miami to Costa Rica, which will lead him to danger, destruction, and leads him back to Nicaragua, left sick and on the side of the street in the same place years ago he wanted to buy the coffee fields. Now, he sees things quite differently. Through his journey, two strong women, one a doctor, and one a strong fearless and giving woman, two tragedies, a desperate search for those he loves most, and a past which comes back to haunt him.

    In all of Martin’s riveting, yet breathtaking novels, he often uses an older wise character to mentor a younger flawed character, whether from the swamps, shacks, or fields of South Georgia, the rivers, the mountain tops, the coast, to the poor islands and the fast and rich waters of Miami. There is always an inspiring take away-- a lesson, a love, and a "box of Kleenex needed" for tears of sorrow and joy. From vivid descriptions, beautiful settings, and scenic views, to flawed and troubled characters, with a message you will remember long after the book ends.

    all his own; however, he strongly reminds me of

    with his uncanny ability to reach inside the minds of his characters, with a strong sense of family, love, and redemption. His usage of multi-generational and wise characters, with empowering stories, often paralleling with an explosive impact when connected.

    Martin and Sparks’ stories attract a wide audience crossing many genres and ages, with the suspense, and great outdoors for men, and the romance, love, and family for women, delivering a powerful message to all audiences, young and old. In addition, Martin and Sparks are both dedicated Christian family men, with strong community ties, and their passion shines through their talented storytelling – with powerful stories from the heart.

    is, of course, the beautiful and courageous protector, Leena, and her daughter Isabella in Nicaragua and Paulo. She definitely outshines the two other women in Charlie’s life,

    the spoiled and indifferent American lives we live, with our modern conveniences, yet unhappy and unsatisfied, compared to those poor, no material possessions; yet rich in love, and life sweet as mangoes.

    To get there, sometimes we need to dig through a lot of rock, junk, and muck to find the way. A powerful well-researched and well-written story, with some nice personal connections with the author.

    throughout, from the drink, the well, bubbles, water sports, oceans, islands, thirst; representing a part of life with profound meanings with the flow of time, peace, endless, disaster, death, birth, the past, ever changing, rebirth, coming of age, a spiritual awakening or cleansing.

    Martin will be next on the movie scene, following Sparks, with the same intensity and unforgettable stories worthy of Oscars. You can envision the characters, and the setting on the big screen; I want a front row seat for each of his books. Each time I read one of Martin’s books, I say, the “best ever”. However, how do you choose? They each have their own unique message making them all 5 Stars ++. Five stars seem inadequate, along with my review.

    You have to read

    You will be speechless. An ideal choice for book discussions and book clubs with many perspectives. What a great father’s day gift. Charles, you make me proud to be a South Floridian, taking me back to days living and working on the water in the Keys

    and my love of hammocks, sunsets, mangoes, and good organic dark roast espresso coffee. Well done!

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  • Mike French
    Jun 26, 2015

    MY FAVORITE BOOK THAT I HAVE READ IN 2015! As of 7/6 I have read 87 books and WATER FROM MY HEART is the best. I would like to thank Judy Collins and Pamela Embree-Kyle for the recommendation. If you are reader, this book is a MUST! See Judy Collins review for more info.

  • Carmen Blankenship
    Jun 27, 2015

    Charles Martin has quickly risen to my "read all" list of authors. He is a very talented at putting you inside the head of the people he has created and making it impossible to put this book down.

    I was hooked from the first paragraph of Water from My Heart. It is a fascinating look inside the life of Charlie, a drug runner. Told with a First Person narrative that allows you to really understand the internal struggles and conflict Charlie faces due to the life he chose. Charlie has always been ve

    Charles Martin has quickly risen to my "read all" list of authors. He is a very talented at putting you inside the head of the people he has created and making it impossible to put this book down.

    I was hooked from the first paragraph of Water from My Heart. It is a fascinating look inside the life of Charlie, a drug runner. Told with a First Person narrative that allows you to really understand the internal struggles and conflict Charlie faces due to the life he chose. Charlie has always been very selective on who allows in his inner circle and even more so into his heart. He and the people he worked for and with also made sure that their business and personal lives never collided. Until it does. Like it almost always does.

    At times heart wrenching and others redeeming it is impossible to not be moved by this story. I highly recommend this be the next book you read. Don’t take it from me though. Why don’t read the other hundreds of five star reviews and then make a decision.

    Thank you Netgalley and FaithWords/Center Street for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for this review.

  • Angel Royal
    Jul 13, 2015

    I was planning to give this book a 4. I really liked it but felt the author tied everything up a bit too neatly in a bow at the end.

    Then I read the epilogue--his true experiences and this jumped of the page at me:

    "Indifference is the curse of this age. Indifference is evil and could not be further from the heart of God."

    It made me think about what I had just read through different lenses.

    I had already downloaded more of his books, but knowing now that he believes in Jesus makes me want to gobb

    I was planning to give this book a 4. I really liked it but felt the author tied everything up a bit too neatly in a bow at the end.

    Then I read the epilogue--his true experiences and this jumped of the page at me:

    "Indifference is the curse of this age. Indifference is evil and could not be further from the heart of God."

    It made me think about what I had just read through different lenses.

    I had already downloaded more of his books, but knowing now that he believes in Jesus makes me want to gobble them all up!

  • Charlene Intriago
    Jul 18, 2015

    Book was really 3.5 stars for me but the epilogue caused me to bump it up to 4 stars. Charlie Finn didn't have a very easy childhood but got a scholarship to Harvard which opened up a whole new world to him. He met a whole different class of people from what he grew up with! He's a pretty good poker player and his ability to read the other player's face - no matter whether he's playing cards or negotiating a business deal - is a real plus. After Harvard, he jetsets all over the world putting tog

    Book was really 3.5 stars for me but the epilogue caused me to bump it up to 4 stars. Charlie Finn didn't have a very easy childhood but got a scholarship to Harvard which opened up a whole new world to him. He met a whole different class of people from what he grew up with! He's a pretty good poker player and his ability to read the other player's face - no matter whether he's playing cards or negotiating a business deal - is a real plus. After Harvard, he jetsets all over the world putting together some pretty snarky deals for a man with absolutely no scruples. But, one of those deals at a coffee plantation in Nicaragua comes back to haunt Charlie and he's not sure what he can do to redeem himself once he realizes what he's done.

  • Carina Carvalho
    Apr 16, 2017

    Grande estreia com este escritor. Adorei a forma inteligente como escreve e descreve as várias personagens. Só não dou 5 porque gostava que tivesse existido algo mais profundo entre Paulina e Charlie até tomarem a decisão que tomaram. No final do livro fica a explicação sobre a parte verifica da história.

  • Thyago Marques
    Feb 13, 2017

    In portuguese:

    The reading didn't have an easy start, I even wondered if people hadn't exaggerated in saying that it was a beautiful story, because of the too technical descriptions of the boats (which I don't care about at all) I started to find it boring, but the story has been growing and gaining form.

    One of my favorite genres for reading is undoubtedly novels with travels, this is a fine example of this, between Miami, Bahamas and especially Nicaragua, that I

    In portuguese:

    The reading didn't have an easy start, I even wondered if people hadn't exaggerated in saying that it was a beautiful story, because of the too technical descriptions of the boats (which I don't care about at all) I started to find it boring, but the story has been growing and gaining form.

    One of my favorite genres for reading is undoubtedly novels with travels, this is a fine example of this, between Miami, Bahamas and especially Nicaragua, that I wanted to visit only by the descriptions of the climate and the landscapes.

    "Water from My Heart" began to conquer me with Charlie's trip to Nicaragua, a man with a past and present lived in criminality and who unknowingly went on a trip that came to exorcise his demons and when his life intersects with Paulina's, we have a relationship that leaves us a sweet taste in our mouths and we watch Charlie rise from the ashes as a man with a beautiful heart, passionate, captivating and grateful for everything that life has given him, but with the weight of a past that comes back to haunt him, because the lives of Charlie and Paulina may have already crossed and not in the best way.

    And after this couple meet in Leon, I had difficulties in dropping the book, I just wanted to consume the story more and more, to know what was going on.

    The characters are very passionate, very well built, rich ... But Paulina and her daughter Isabela are sublime, two generous beings with a heart the size of the world. And it's impossible not to fall in love with Charlie, even with all his faults, his heart is in the right place.

    This is a story that brings us a reflection on the importance of money, love, affectivity, what is comfort and what is to live, about being at peace with our conscience, especially about forgiveness and being the best version of ourselves. We find in these pages various metaphors and analogies that fill our hearts.

    A curious fact, which I had never seen in another reading, the author tells us his first-person experience about his visit to Nicaragua and all the facts and real people he was inspired to write this story about.

    I really enjoyed this book and was curious to read other works by this author that until then did not know about him. Highly recommend!


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