Author: Jude Sierra
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: CB Messer
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
In a last ditch effort to bring the downtown Detroit gastro pub he started with his late husband back to life, Asher Schenck fires everyone and hires a completely new staff. Among them is Tyler Heyward, a 23-year-old recent college graduate in need of funds to pay for med school. As their relationship shifts from business to friendship, Tyler falls for Asher and finds himself caught between the things he thought he wanted and the things he hasn’t allowed himself to dream about. Working together, they get to know each other’s dreams. Set in the backdrop of Detroit’s revival, Idlewild is a story about love and healing.
Oh, wow. This…this is a book, y’all. And before you say “no shit, Sadie, that’s kinda the whole idea,” – let me elucidate.
At no point in Idlewild does one get the sense that Ms. Sierra’s attention while writing ever wavered from the trenches of this beautiful, painful story. The narrative is detailed so delicately and with such purposefulness that I found my chest literally hurting from reading certain passages. Yes, the prose is super flowery, but it’s also super necessary, because Asher and Tyler are (individually and together) in a fragile spot. Handling them with anything less than literary kid gloves would IMO be akin to smashing a fortune cookie with a sledgehammer.
In addition to the gorgeous language, I very much enjoyed the warmth and the patience suffused in the plot. It was nice to read something where the fact that the characters have no idea what they’re doing wasn’t used as a weapon or to detract from their worth in any way. After all, that’s how the real world works – people change (and with any luck, adapt and grow) almost constantly, often in ways they can’t control or predict. I’m looking forward to experiencing this intelligent and romantic title again in the future.
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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