Everyday History by Alice Archer ~ Book Review by Karen

everyday-history-coverTitle: Everyday History

Author: Alice Archer

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/30/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.

My View:

When looking for a book to review you base your decision on so many variables, this coupled with the fact than I’m relatively new to Prism, so all my auto buy authors are covered by the more established reviewers, makes me a very random selector. I chose this based solely on the title, and I am so glad I did.

I found this book beautiful, Henry and Reuben skirt about their attraction to each other for months, when they finally give in , for one weekend, its amazingly passionate and tender. Henry wants a family, and Reuben is too young, so they part. But they have ignited something in each other, and their lives will never be the same.

In their weekend together Henry tells of his fascination with everyday histories, how we can learn about people and ourselves from everyday events and things, when he and Reuben part he starts to write about it, and in doing so he frees himself, and so many other people as well. It is this everyday histories that make Reuben realise what he want and must do as well.

I started reading this on my way home form work, and I could not put it down.  I suspect that this is a Marmite book, you will love it or will dislike it, obviously I loved it. I wasn’t actually sure that Henry and Reuben would actually end up together, and I was distraught (this is a romance, so they do)- but at the same time both of them were so changed by their relationship that it sort if didn’t matter. Oh, what am I saying , of course it did !

Everyday History is quite different in structure to most romance novels, and again I think it will divide readers, but I would really urge people to read this, one of the best books I have read this year.


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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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