Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Deana Jamroz
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
It may be better to have loved and lost, twice, than never loved at all, but it sure as hell gets lonely. Jamison Severs is sitting in a bar contemplating his past as a failed lover, failed doctor, failed drunkard, and a fading old man, trying to find a reason not to lift that glass. Then a beautiful blond boy walks in the door, bringing reminders of Jamie’s past with him. Meeting the son of Jamie’s former lover, Toller, brings back the good old days, and the bad. And maybe it’s finally time for Jamie to come to terms with all the things that brought him and Toller together, and the things that broke them apart.
Kaje Harper knows how to weave a tale. It’s true of this story and any other of hers I’ve read. She sucked me into this one with the initial meeting between Jamie and Heath. She held me there with Jamie’s telling of how he and Heath’s father, Toller, met, and more.
The first time I looked up while reading this, I was nearly half way through. Like I said, she got me.
The bulk of this story is Jamie recounting the how, where, why, and what then of the time he and Toller spent together. The challenges of dealing with major loss and suffering, how easy it is to fail, and how some of those failures, even if not truly their fault, lead to paths filled with more pain. He also gives Heath the truth about triumph, love and all of the many layers it can hold, and that we try to make the best decisions we can.
I’m finding it difficult to express much more than this, both in fear of giving too much away and for the lump in my throat.
This is emotional, gripping, and ultimately hopeful. A life-changing chapter in the lives of two people, which then leads to possibilities and opportunities taken by many in the future.
I stayed awake the whole night through, storing each breath and each touch to remember.
Thank you, Kaje Harper, for this loving, bittersweet, and important story about forgiveness and reconnection. My only wish is that there had been more.
PS: Soooooo, think we’ll ever get more of these fantastic characters?
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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