This touching novella tells the story of what happens when a 7-year-old boy goes in search of the greatest love of all.
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Wilde City Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Valentine’s Day has long been a difficult day for widow and single mom Kate Madsen. But this Valentine’s Day is going to be more than just difficult… it’s going to be downright awkward. For Kate’s only child, seven-year-old Mikey, just stunned the small town of Elk’s Ridge by writing a Valentine’s Day card to someone name Bobby Bryson.
While the card sends teachers into a tizzy and turns Mikey’s grandfather into a grumpy old man, Kate discovers over the course of one afternoon that she and her young son are about to begin a journey of questions, confrontations and hopefully one day… happiness.
In the meantime, will Mikey and his Mom make it through this Valentine’s Day? Will the innocent intentions of one young boy change the narrow minds of a stubborn, small town? And just who exactly is the object of Mikey’s affections—Bobby Bryson?
This is not your typical m/m romance. It is the touching, poignant story of a young boy, Mikey, who reaches out to someone named Bobby Bryson on Valentine’s Day and stirs up a hornet’s nest of homophobia. Mikey’s mom, Kate, must deal with the results of Mikey’s display of affection, face her own truths, and make some decisions about the future for herself and for Mikey.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but ended up enjoying the journey on which Geoffrey Knight took me. This was a refreshing take on m/m love and how it can blossom at any age. I adored the innocence of Mikey and his untarnished view of the world. His character is a pure voice amidst the maelstrom of negativity created by adults in his life. There is more power in his “why not’s” than in the blustery responses spouted by those much older than he. Kate’s loving support and guidance is a strong contrast to this, and her sympathetic, gentle side story provides the reader with hope for her future happiness, as well. The ending scene is lovely and touching, with a dialogue that is beautiful in its truth and simplicity.
A couple of issues did bother me while reading this story. Unfortunately, several editorial/typographical errors that were quite prominent caused a distraction and made the reading awkward at times. There were also a few instances in the story when I had trouble with the believability of the characters’ actions. Although these might not be a concern for other readers, they were a bit difficult for me to overlook with my life experiences as an educator and a mother.
All in all, however, Be My Valentine, Bobby Bryson is a sweet, tender surprise. It doesn’t contain any sex scenes or even a smooch or two. Yet it is a thoughtful romance, embracing the idea that in order to love others, you must first accept and love yourself.
I would like to thank Wilde City Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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