My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved this for the story itself, which is beautifully told and filled with emotion. I loved it even more knowing that it’s loosely based on a real couple who one day realised they were in love with each other.
I know this has had a mixed reception because of the earliest exchanges between the boys but I personally didn’t find them to be too outlandish.
My son had to grow up pretty fast when I nearly died back when he was just six years old, and his vocabulary has always been way advanced for his age as we’ve always read with him and to him.
He started talking relatively late when he was almost four, but once he started, he never stopped and he’s always been an advanced reader (he takes after his mum in that, I could read before I started school).
So, for me anyway, the way David and Matt talked in their younger days, didn’t seem too far beyond reality and, given the story was being narrated as flashback type recollection, I just took it as David embellishing it a bit 🙂
As this is a Dreamspinner release, it’s relatively low angst and no real steam to talk about up until the final 10% and it works for the setting. The whole book felt, for me, as if I was being given a peak into these two men’s lives as they waited until they were young adults before their eyes were opened to the love they had. It’s a truly sweet read.
#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.