Author: Courtney Lux
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Vest, Buckeyegrrl Designs
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
“I am Trip Morgan, the would-be miracle who’s got something the matter with his eyes, and I am meant for greater things.”
A pickpocket who finds value in things others do not want, Trip Morgan keeps among his collection of treasured, stolen trinkets a photograph of a child who looks eerily like Nate Mackey, a down-and-out former Wall Street analyst Trip recently met and became involved with.
The photograph is part of a collection of stolen trinkets he’s amassed since he arrived in New York. He keeps it all close and works out a life he could have if he could ever let someone keep him long enough for him to build up a treasure trove of small wonders all his own.
Small Wonders is Courtney Lux’s debut novel of a Southern boy escaping his roots and unexpectedly finding hope in his future.
Every so often a book comes along that doesn’t just captivate me. It embraces me and envelops me and then refuses to let me go even after the final page is read. Small Wonders, an absolutely gorgeous story full of humanity and heart, is one such book.
This little gem of a debut novel makes a huge impact. Courtney Lux’s tale of a lonely, frightened teenager escaping from a hick town in Alabama to become a busker and sometimes pickpocket in the Big Apple is poignant, heart breaking, and ultimately hopeful. Boasting a cast of mismatched, lovable characters and a vivid portrayal of the struggle to survive and find love amidst the harsh realities of life, it doesn’t just draw the reader in; it seeps into the soul of the person fortunate enough to fall into its pages, onto the affectionately detailed streets of the city, and under the spell of one Trip Morgan.
Trip immediately became one of my all-time favorite characters. Ever. At nineteen, he is an old soul, fighting to make rent and stave off hunger as he sings and plays guitar on the streets of New York. Jaded and fascinating, his voice is rich and vibrant, full of witty dialogue and snarky attitude that masks the vulnerability underneath. The reader gets to know him little by little as he reveals pieces of himself through earthy, honest, first person flashbacks and his no-holds-barred interactions. With his grit, determination, and heart the size of the city he inhabits (don’t tell anyone, though), he is one of those characters who engraves himself indelibly on the readers’ heart.
Ms. Lux’s other characters deserve mention, as well. Trip’s odd collection of roommates, much like the random, seemingly inconsequential items he lifts from strangers, are unique, diverse, and precious. Each carries his or her own set of talents and burdens, and they often stumble over one another in spite of—or perhaps because of–their genuine love for one another. Ms. Lux creates a menagerie of distinct personalities who spring to life and provide satisfying layers and substance to the story.
When Trip literally runs into Wall Street analyst Nathaniel Mackey on the street, his world shifts as he is convinced that Nate is the boy in a photograph he’s kept in his bag since his arrival in New York three years earlier. Witnessing their relationship grow is humorous, intriguing, and touching. The reader discovers more details about scrappy Trip as he finds himself drawn to the buttoned-up Nate. Nate’s own history is gradually uncovered, unveiling yet another character in need of love and acceptance. Their scenes are charged with chemistry, and though there is not a great deal of on-page sex, the intimacy and connection they share is beautifully written and endearing.
I don’t want to reveal too much more about this beautiful story, as it is simply a book that needs to be read and appreciated. I will say that it is one of the most enjoyable literary experiences I’ve ever had. With a superb cast of characters, a quirky, stirring love story, and a moving HFN ending, Small Wonders leaves big impression and a longing for more from this gifted author. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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