Title: Simple Treasures
Author: Alan Chin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Newly released from a mental institution, Simple’s first job is caring for Emmett, a crusty drunkard dying of cancer on a ranch in Utah. Simple’s first fragile friendship is with Emmett’s grandson Jude, a gay youth in Gothic drag who gets nothing but grief from his grandfather. In an attempt to help both men, Simple, a Shoshone Indian, decides to perform a ceremony that will save Emmett by transferring his spirit into the body of a falcon.
Working to capture a falcon will bring Emmett and Jude closer as Jude and Simple’s growing love for each other blossoms, but all is not well. When the ranch, Jude’s future, and Simple’s happiness are threatened, more than Emmett’s spirit faces a bleak future.
Simple Treasures is a beautiful journey with a Simple man with an old soul. Simple doesn’t have a past, but he knows his grandfather is with him. Each day, he finds a new future. When that present starts to include Jude and Jude’s Grandfather, Emmett, Simple uses his old soul, to help Emmett and himself fly free. Simple approaches each day with the guilelessness of a child and the depth of character of an ancient.
I don’t really know what else to tell you about Simple’s journey. There is a depth to him that his name belies. There is a beauty in the world as he sees it; as Chin describes it. There is a magic in finding one’s freedom with the help of both love and hate. This is not a story to read when you want fluff. Simple Treasures is a story you read when you want to be reminded of the beauty and good in the world.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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