Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/10/2015
Length: 07 hours 26 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, M/M Romance
William Lyon’s past forced him to become someone he isn’t. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley’s Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office. Unlike William, Colby is cute, upbeat, and flamboyantly out. Although initially put off by Colby’s mannerisms, William comes to value their new friendship, and even accepts Colby’s offer to ease him into the world of gay sex.
William’s self-image begins to change when he discovers a tin box, hidden in an asylum wall since the 1940s. It contains letters secretly written by Bill, a patient who was sent to the asylum for being homosexual. The letters hit close to home, and William comes to care about Bill and his fate. With Colby’s help, he hopes the words written seventy years ago will give him courage to be his true self.
The Tin Box is an important book. It brings to light the horrible things we have done to homosexuals in not so distant past. This saddening truth is juxtaposed with the rather sweet (if frustrating) story of William’s coming out and relationship with Colby.
Bill’s letters were heartbreaking. It made me realize how essential it is that people are aware that this happened so that it never happens again so that these men who suffered did not do so in vain. I was worried that the content of the letters would be too much and would make the book too sad to read, however witnessing William come out of his shell and the bubbly personality of Colby kept it from being too dark and oppressing.
My only complaint was Colby’s insistence that he knew what was good for William and him making decisions for the both of them unilaterally. It is a pet peeve of mine. However, I acknowledge that it is a very human thing to do and that is why that trope shows up in fiction so often.
The details of the hospital made it easy to imagine it in both Bill’s time and William’s. I never forgot when I was.
I loved the epilogue and even thou Bill’s story does not have a happy ending, William’s does. This was a great book.
I enjoyed the Narrator’s voice for most of the characters. It took me a bit to get used to Colby’s lisp; I felt it was cliché for the flamboyant character to have a lisp when I didn’t recall the book saying he lisped. However, he did the other accents in the book really well. There were only a few spots where the characters lost their voices and I got confused as to who was speaking, for the most part it was easy to tell. The character’s had a lot of emotion in their voices and it was an enjoyable experience.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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