Soft as Water features a bridge as a central focal point to showcase broken characters seeking a way to overcome their past.

5-STAR REVIEW: SOFT AS WATER by B. Robert Conklin

The Description

Publication Date: February 29, 2024

A sensitive loner on the run from his past.

A rebellious young heiress with a death wish.

A bridge brings them together … a mystery can tear them apart.

Following a life-shattering accident, conscience-stricken Will Archer seeks refuge in a small Ohio River town, where he plans to live out his life as a virtual hermit. But a chance encounter with Essence Warner, orphaned daughter of a jazz saxophonist and an aristocratic socialite, entangles him in a quest to discover the truth behind the cold case of her parents’ mysterious deaths.

As Will deciphers clues, he becomes romantically entwined with Essence, forming a relationship that draws him into a sordid underbelly of small-town existence that threatens his own life. At the same time, he uncovers a dark secret that could set Essence free from her own path of self-destruction-or does she have a plan of her own?

Soft as Water is a novel about bridges-between strangers across a river-and the dangers of mutual attraction when worlds divided by race, wealth, and culture collide. In the end, though, the novel offers a glimmer of hopefulness that survivors of trauma-physical, emotional, and sexual-can transcend their circumstances and find redemption through connection.

The Review

A man who deserts his family as a form of penance for a tragedy finds himself caught up in a quest for answers.

Author B. Robert Conklin possesses a rather unique writing style that subtly draws the reader into the story. His subject matter tends to be rather eclectic and packed with surprises. His latest novel, Soft as Water, delivers a powerful message about second chances.

Conklin’s approach takes readers down a twisted path as Will starts his new life as a museum curator. A chance meeting with an enigmatic young woman pushes him on a quest to find answers about the true fate of her parents.

Add in color-themed clothing days, messages from a ghost, and some wicked one-liners for a reading experience that will keep you invested until the end.

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About The AuthorB. Robert Conklin (he/him/his) lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he enjoys the unpredictable moments of family life with his spouse, three kids, four cats, and two ferrets. His credits include stories in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, THAT Literary Review, and Kestrel, with another accepted for inclusion in The Strong Stuff: The Best of Fictional Café, Volume II. With a teaching background in composition and literature, he has also co-authored a college textbook to help emerging writers connect with their world. In a different medium, he practices the craft of cartooning. An End to Etcetera is his debut novel, which has placed as a finalist in the suspense category of the 2023 National Indie Excellence Award contest.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Soft as Water features a bridge as a central focal point to showcase broken characters seeking a way to overcome their past.5-STAR REVIEW: SOFT AS WATER by B. Robert Conklin