This book will be released on 19th August 2013. A gentle story of love and not giving up your dreams…
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Michael feels trapped. In his conservative, poor hometown where he has to keep his sexuality hidden. In his dead-end job. In caring for his alcoholic grandfather. Everything changes when he meets Eric, the new curator for the railroad museum. His curiosity about the passionate man quickly gives way to an intense attraction—one that Eric happily returns.
Carefree and refreshingly confident, Eric guides Michael to places he’s forgotten, reminding him that it may not be too late to follow his dreams for something more in life. But the truth is, Eric knows exactly how it feels to be stuck in a bad situation. A failed relationship has left him with personal demons that may hurt his connection with Michael.
To give their future a chance, they both must fight being trapped in the past.
So what did I think?
I found this story really emotional. I am not talking about the emotional journey of the characters but rather the emotional state I found myself in.
The story is set in a dying town and Michael’s life seems so bleak – dead parents, alcoholic grand-father, dead-end job, never being able to acknowledge his sexuality and have a real relationship – it all seems so grey and depressing.
For some reason this really rubbed off on me and I found myself feeling quite low and almost expecting something bad to happen. I guess it says something about a book that it can impact a mood in such a way but to be honest, I’m not 100% sure I liked this sense of unease but can’t fully explain why I felt this way.
The relationship between the main characters was quite interesting to watch unfold. Their attraction was immediate, which is understandable, but their acknowledgement of attraction to each other just seemed so fast and didn’t fit with the characters and their background. I felt that they should have taken things a bit more slowly in the beginning. However, once they did start to spend time together, it was lovely and a relationship based on so much more than the physical attraction they both felt.
Both men have their demons to face. For Michael it is the direction his life is taking and the lack of realisation of his dreams. For Eric it is overcoming the hurt of a past relationship.
It is clear that Michael has a strong passion for architecture, that he is not just paying lip service to having wanted to have a career in that field. So it was wonderful to see Eric reopen his eyes to that dream and give him some hope for the future. Their weekend away was such a special and caring romantic gesture by Eric.
We see Michael struggling to make the right decision regarding his path in life and Eric encouraging him to do so “The only person whose opinion matters when it comes to how you live your life is you.” and Michael finally comes to realise this.
I enjoyed the happy ending and gentle closure to the story but would have liked to see more of Eric. I wanted to better understand who he was, what ghosts were in his past and how he overcame his own fears to be with Michael.
Overall, this is a gentle story with a message of second chances and a sense of hope.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
For more information on Libby Drew and her books visit her website.