A Road Not Taken

A Road Not Taken

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by Jennifer Thorne
     
 

Taking the road less travelled may lead you home.

Eco-house builder Jascha doesn’t think twice about taking in stray animals. Stray people? This would be a first. But there’s something about the stranded young man—who’s carrying nothing in his car but a hidden gun—that warns Jascha not to leave him alone.

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Taking the road less travelled may lead you home.

Eco-house builder Jascha doesn’t think twice about taking in stray animals. Stray people? This would be a first. But there’s something about the stranded young man—who’s carrying nothing in his car but a hidden gun—that warns Jascha not to leave him alone.

Stuck in a soul-sucking bank job, Peter has given up on finding meaning in his life. Long ago he cut himself off from his creative side, unable to get over the feeling that everything about himself is wrong. He thinks there’s only one thing left to do—until the pushy, charismatic Jascha happens along what was supposed to be a deserted road, and Peter lets himself be bullied into following him home.

In the days that follow, Peter gets more of a crash course in the hippie lifestyle—natural food, meditation, yoga—than he can handle. But every time he begins to relax around his new friend, their spark of attraction twists him back into a ball of nerves.

Jascha tells himself it’s a mistake to get involved with a man whose gaydar is seriously broken. In spite of everything, love happens. The only question is if love is enough to save both their lonely souls.

Warning: Contains an eco-friendly, dreadlocked hippy, strange tofu scrambles and a bathroom you’ll never want to leave. Readers may experience the desire to move to the desert, build a “green” home and change the world. Or at the very least, an urge to help Jashca and Peter dry off after one very hot bath scene.

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Publishers Weekly
Thorne’s thoughtful novella is more of a coming-out story about a despondent young man than a romance. Peter is in his broken-down car in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, contemplating self-harm, when Jascha, a stranger with a heart of gold, stops to offer a tow and some hospitality. Peter’s inability to take a stand and come out to his father is killing him. He finds the beginnings of love with Jascha, but given Peter’s immaturity and suicidal tendencies, it’s hard to tell whether Jascha’s feelings in return are romantic or co-dependent. Thorne’s storytelling and prose grow lively only after a frightening and descriptive melodramatic break where Peter confronts his mental anguish and finally takes responsibility for his own happiness. Readers are advised to have tissues handy for the sappy-sweet conclusion. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619212831
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
111
Sales rank:
403,365
File size:
1 MB

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