The Touch by Randall Wallace a review by Fred St Laurent

Randall Wallace spoke at the Christy awards this year. He was engaging, witty, authentic and funny. Of course the first thing he did was spill a glass of water at his table. The second action he took was to blush. The water glass accident and subsequent blushing were endearing. I mention all of this because Mr. Wallace is unpretentious and likable and so are the characters in his screenplays and books. 
His screenplays include: Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, The Man in The Iron Mask and Pearl Harbor. He has also written 8 books.


He shared a story of coming to the end of himself, financially, and praying. He basically said "God it is up to you" and he sat down and began to write the Oscar winning screenplay for Braveheart.
Enough background. Let me share about The Touch. It is a love story and a miracle. You can find a synopsis on almost every site that sells books. My understanding is that the book is selling quickly so you may have to search a bit to find one. This story line is from Wallace Entertainment:
"Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiance, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room.

Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon’s hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this surgical tool, and all of them have failed.

As Lara pursues Jones’s skill for her project, Jones’s stubborn resistance cracks, and he begins to open up to her about the wounds that still haunt him. But when Jones discovers the urgency behind Lara’s work, he must choose to move beyond his past. As each is forced to surrender secret fears, they are bonded together through the lives of the people Jones serves and by the healing secret that Faith left behind."

Let me ask you a question? (feel free to leave a comment :-)) 

What is it that draws you into the characters and the story? What rivets you to the book? (OK I know I asked two questions.)

For me it is the dialogue.

There is an agent I know who decides whether or not he will work with you based on how well you write dialogue. 

One more question: What is it that makes a movie great? Dialogue! Well the dialogue in The Touch will compel you through this book. That I expected before I picked it up. What surprised me was the descriptive writing that Mr Wallace uses to place me firmly in the scene that is taking place. This book is genius from the first touch of God's finger on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to the final touch of the pen to that last page of the book. This book is magic. The kind of Love that takes a touch that brings tragedy and makes it a miracle.
You will enjoy this trip up the Appalachian trial, the people you will meet, the love you will see.  I did and I can't recommend  it enough. I can't wait to see the movie :-) and you shouldn't either! (Go buy the book right away!) 

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Comment by Jamie Dennett on March 29, 2012 at 9:07am
I just read this book and enjoyed it. I found it to be beautiful story and an inspiring one.
Comment by Sandra Burns on February 24, 2012 at 2:54pm

Book sound great.  I plan to read it.  I have only seen one of his movies, Secretariat, only because I love horses!  You have sparked an interest in maybe a new author that I might just love.  Thanks

Comment by Lori Lochner on February 24, 2012 at 10:37am

I have seen only two of his movies - I loved Pearl Harbor and Secretariat - both of them had a way of pulling me in and making we almost feel like I was a part of it - maybe because of the emotion both movies stirred in me and the second movie because of my undying love for horses. 

What draws me in - dialogue definitely is key because if a story between characters is choppy and hops around too much it just will not keep my attention.  I love stories where the characters are intertwined in some way.  I love books on medical stories because I have worked in the medical field most of my adult life and they fascinate me.  I enjoy reading books where the characters don't have a perfect life because it is not reality if everything goes perfect in a story.  I definitely love books where there is struggle, questions, encouragement, and growth of ones faith because that is reality. 

This sounds like a good book and one I would enjoy reading.  Is there a movie in the works for this book?  I would definitely want to see it.  I love when a book gets made into a movie - especially if it sticks close to what the book was like. 

Thanks for the review Fred - I am definitely interested in getting a copy of this book to read.  - Lori

Comment by Janice Garey on February 24, 2012 at 8:39am

What draws me in? A believable story and the interaction between the characters.

This sounds like the main character is almost portrayed as two characters with one saying, "You can't do that," while the other is saying, "Oh, yes I can," as he is tugged toward doing his best with God's help.

Good review, Phred! (That's one way to get a Phd attached to your name:-)

Comment by Julie Bee Lippo on October 17, 2011 at 9:06pm
This is the one that I would so love to read. :)
Comment by Shirley Strait on October 17, 2011 at 4:38pm
This sounds like a wonderful read. I love stories that force the characters to reach out beyond their comfort zones because they are compelled by Someone greater than themselves. As for what draws me - communication between the characters whether verbal or not.
Comment by Julie Bee Lippo on October 12, 2011 at 6:51am
I am going to have to see if I can get this for my nook!!!
Comment by Phred St Laurent on October 11, 2011 at 5:01pm

Giving away 10 copies of The Touch... stay tuned for how :-)


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