Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Justin James
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/14/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Jonathon Pfister’s life has settled into a maudlin existence since the death of Greg, his lover of seventeen years. But Greg’s daughter Jeana has decided she’s had enough, so she rents a small apartment in Vienna for him as a Father’s Day present. Jonathon agrees to go, against his better judgment.
Surprisingly, Jonathon finds the change of scenery refreshing, and he even makes a young friend in Hans, his landlady’s son. Then Hans’s older brother returns home, and Jonathon begins to truly awaken. Fabian touches something inside him, especially when the younger man takes it upon himself to woo Jonathon in full Viennese style, with a waltz. But shadows of the past and expectations for the future loom over them both and will have to be banished for their lovers’ dance to stay in step.
I have had Accompanied by a Waltz on my wishlist for a long time. I finally picked it up from Dreamspinner Press during a recent sale, shortly before we scheduled Mr. Grey for today’s Retro Reads spotlight. Of course when Grey suggested this as one of the retro-read titles, I jumped on it.
Accompanied by a Waltz is a sweet tale of finding love after loss. It is also a tale of finding love in unlikely places.
At the start of the story, Jonathon is happily married to the love of his life, Greg. His relationship is Greg is mostly glossed over. I think their might have been an age gap, and there was definitely some familial tension, but Greg is gone before we have time to feel truly anything for him or Jonathon. It is actually one of the least emotional death of a lover scenes I have read. I wanted more. I wanted to feel Jonathon’s pain, but I never really did.
Two years later, Jonathon’s step daughter sends him to Vienna for an extended vacation. He is courted and swept off his feet by the younger Hans. Again, his past pain pays little into the storyline. Given how quickly and cavalierly Jonathon is able to move past the death of his husband of 15 years, I wonder why that part was even included.
There is no angst in this story. How can a story with the death of lover not even have a little bit of a tug on my heart?
If I discount the death of the former lover storyline, which never gelled for me, what we are left with is a sweet love story between Hans and Jonathon. The Waltz does make for some romantic scenes during the courtship. It gives the two very different men a common ground.
I think that their relationship was supposed to, in a way, mirror Jonathan’s relationship with Greg. This time, with Jonathon taking on Greg’s former role as the older, and wealthier, half of the couple. However, I don’t ever know enough about Jonathon and Greg’s relationship to be comfortable with the comparison.
Overall, I enjoyed Accompanied by a Waltz, I just wanted more from the story, I think.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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