Reviews

“[T]he author has a way with words . . . A thoughtful and poetic story . . . Hurley fearlessly tackles big issues in this finely crafted novel, as Fitz and his fellow travelers ponder the nature of love, the morality of abortion, and the paralyzing power of grief and guilt.” –Kirkus Reviews (The Passage)

“I was totally enamored with the underlying themes and symbolism Hurley tucked into the plot so perfectly and tenderly.  Hurley is an exceptional writer . . . with a depth, intelligence, and thoughtfulness that make you crave more.” –Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly (The Passage)

“Poignant without being maudlin and spiritual without being sanctimonious. Imagine a nautical, male version of Annie Dillard amalgamated with Kathleen Norris, who, discerning the sacred in the mundane, explains it in such a way that his readers feel blessed, too. A striking memoir of personal discovery.” —Kirkus Reviews (Once Upon A Gypsy Moon)

“Hurley tells his absorbing tale . . . a story that has much to interest anyone who ponders the imponderables: faith, prayer, life and death, love, what makes a marriage work, what is really important in life. . . We do not often these days see a man who is so openly introspective, so willing to discuss love, romance, faith and doubts with his friends, much less with the greater world. . . It is a good tale, told well and honestly, one that has much to say to us whether or not we ever literally set sail in a small boat.” —Greensboro News & Record (Once Upon A Gypsy Moon)

“This is a deeply moving book, especially for anyone grappling with the challenges that life throws at everyone.” —Bookviews (Once Upon A Gypsy Moon)

“Hurley writes in the grain of Annie Dillard. Like Dillard — or like Hemingway in his Nick Adams stories — his immediate subject is nature but his deeper subject is often something else. The canoe trip becomes a small simulacrum of the larger spiritual journey. Hurley ponders his childhood ‘in an alcoholic family on the outskirts of normalcy,’ and he often thinks and writes about his son Kip, who frequently accompanies him on his excursions. Hurley, like Hemingway, glories in the job cleanly done, and the days stretch out like an endless summer.”
Wilmington Star News (Letters from the Woods)

“Pointed, personal, and poignant. A deep and passionate tale of wilderness adventures. A celebration of universal truths. Well worth reading.  Much in the style of Thoreau and maybe a dash of a couple of other Carolina writers, such as Robert Ruark and Jim Dean. I find a kinship with his adventures and observations that is heartwarming.”
Raleigh News & Observer (Letters from the Woods)

“An intriguing, well-plotted and multilayered novel. Stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
Kirkus Reviews (The Prodigal)

“Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end. A masterpiece of artistic imagination and fluid strokes of the pen. Intelligently and eloquently written. A powerful first novel.”
ForeWord Magazine, five-star review (The Prodigal)

“Beautiful and full of colorful, evocative metaphors . . .
So engaging that each short chapter entices the reader to read one more.”
Journal of the American Psychiatric Association (The Prodigal)

“Pure genius. A story that you will not soon forget.” —Chanticleer Reviews (The Prodigal)

“A glorious, satisfying read that overnight leapt onto this constant reader’s personal ‘Top 5 of 2013’ list.”
BookTrib (The Prodigal)

“One of the best reads in 2013.” —Literary R & R (The Prodigal)

“A riveting tale with complex characters, and a religious undertow. Hurley has crafted a strong story that examines friendship, corruption, mysticism, and love.” —Publishers Weekly (The Vineyard)

“[An] engrossing mashup of chick lit, mystery and romance. Addictive, escapist reading. Deliriously satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews (The Vineyard)

“A tale both hopeful and tragic, with an ending that will leave you lost in thought for days.”
The Book Wheel (The Vineyard)

“Beautifully crafted, flawlessly written, and a resounding novel of friendship, pain, and ultimate forgiveness.”
Literary R & R (The Vineyard)