New Review: The Puddingstone Well

My review of this second novel by a long-time New Jersey journalist is published. It’s a modern-day fantasy-mystery and, you guessed it, the plot revolves around a well made of puddingstones. Excerpt:

Glancing at the cover of this book we know right off the bat something is up with that well. There are too many historical writings about fountains of youth to count, not to mention the legendary island of Avalon and utopian villages such as Shangri-La. In The Puddingstone Well, the second novel from William Westhoven, variations of these myths are indeed relied upon, but with a contemporary spin. In the Prologue to Part One, the phrase “what history does not recall” lets us know this is Westhoven’s tale for the telling.

Read my entire 4.5-star review here.

Related reading: My interview with William Westhoven about his nonfiction book Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark.

Featured photo “Rockaway Plum Puddingstone (NJ) by Fblockmetal via Creative Commons share on Wikipedia


Interview with author William Westhoven

The Puddingstone Well, a contemporary mystery-fantasy, was released on October 26, 2012, three days before Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. Westhoven began writing his personal account of surviving the storm just three days after getting power restored in his North Jersey home on November 9. He spent the twelve days before that in his home without power or heat. On November 29, Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark was published through Amazon. I read the book and interviewed Westhoven on behalf of SPR via email on November 30.

… The biggest problem it may have caused for us personally is after a rather intensive two months of sharing the editing duties for my second novel, The Puddingstone Well, Lisa was probably looking for a break. We had just celebrated that launch with a book signing at a local bookstore on the Friday before the storm hit. Then I get this crazy idea and we end up editing on Thanksgiving. There wasn’t even any time for discussion. If I was going to do this, it had to be right away. Lisa is a lovely, patient woman, but she did make me promise not to write any more books until next year.

Read the entire interview.

Featured image “Mountain Lakes Damage” by William Westhoven