Author: Deirdre O’Dare
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/22/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, Western
Rancher Wade is struggling to hold his life together after his wife’s death leaves him with two small children as well as a ranch to run. In desperation, he puts a letter in a pulp magazine, announcing that he’s seeking a housekeeper and nanny to help him manage his home. The last thing he expects, however, is the young man who steps off the train in response to the ad.
Darnell is at the end of his rope. The war is over and jobs are hard to find, especially to one who has few skills other than cooking and keeping house, learned while he helped his abandoned mother keep their family intact. The letter he finds in a discarded magazine seems a godsend, so he jumps at the opportunity. It doesn’t take long to fall in love with young Ben and Winnie, but he also develops a huge crush on the rugged and manly Wade, who seems to be everything Darnell is not. Dare he dream that Wade might find him attractive, too?
In the 1940s, the vernacular used toward people such as Darnell are crude and insulting. Prejudice abounds, and he feels its keen cuts. Can he make himself a place in the lives of the family he has adopted, or will hate and suspicion send him fleeing?
I thought this story was very cute. I was unsure what I was getting into with this being set in 1949, but the politics and mentalities of the time were presented with care. This story by definition has to include the thing I hate, staying secret, but it did so in a way that was easy for me to understand and accept.
I liked the way these two men found each other, the gentle way they came together, and the the way this story was a start for something that will hopefully last. Will there be a sequel so that I can see how they are dealing with the bigots of the time as well as how they are learning what it means to be a family? I hope so.
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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