Author: L. Dean Pace-Frech
Publisher: MUSA Publishing, LLC
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?
When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.
Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?
In his first published M/M romance, L. Dean Pace-Frech tells the story of Frank and Gregory, who fall in love while serving together as soldiers in the U.S. Civil War. Set in 1865, after the end of the war, Frank and Gregory know that most of their families and a biased society will not accept them together as a gay couple, so they decide to travel west to settle on adjoining land claims in the remote western prairie. The story details their trials traveling west, and their hard work farming and building their small cabin that straddles the line between their adjoining land claims. They live their lives together in quiet dignity. Ultimately, they lose their home and land to the railroad company since they never officially filed for a deed to their claim, but they soon realize that home is truly any place that they are together.
A Place to Call Their Own is a heartwarming historical that tells the story of two men who love each other enough to leave all that the know simply to have the chance to make a life together. The story and their relationship is not fraught with conflict; instead, Frank and Gregory share a kind, giving, and almost gentle love.
L. Dean Pace-Frech weaves a memorable story that takes place over several years, and his writing style is consistently respectful of the characters themselves. However interesting the story itself is, there is almost no physical intimacy depicted between Frank and Gregory. While graphic sex scenes are not a requirement of a good M/M romance, I do think Frank and Gregory’s story could have been made more dynamic with a few more moments of physical closeness. Also, I found their proclamations that they were in a “committed relationship” to be awkward, and not consistent with language used in the time period.
Overall, A Place to Call Their Own is an easy and soothing read, and would be an especially lovely introduction to M/M romance for anyone who may not be comfortable with the depiction of graphic sexual content. It may seem a little vanilla for some readers, but much like tasting a bite of vanilla ice cream after eating a bowl of double mint chocolate chip ice cream, you will be reminded that the smooth, comforting taste of vanilla is quite special.
I would like to thank MUSA Publishing, LLC for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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