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Beneath the Palisade: Courage
     

Beneath the Palisade: Courage

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by Joel Skelton
 

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Theodore Engdahl's sexual identity crisis clashes with his faith. Raised to believe homosexuality is a sin, Theo finds himself on the ropes with his girlfriend as well as his straight coworker, whom he can't stop staring at. Luckily, before he can panic too much, Theo discovers the support system provided by the Men's Center.

At the center, he meets Alex, and

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Theodore Engdahl's sexual identity crisis clashes with his faith. Raised to believe homosexuality is a sin, Theo finds himself on the ropes with his girlfriend as well as his straight coworker, whom he can't stop staring at. Luckily, before he can panic too much, Theo discovers the support system provided by the Men's Center.

At the center, he meets Alex, and the two hit it off. Unlike Theo, Alex wears his sexuality like a favorite shirt. Alex is also easy on the eyes, but for Theo, following his example is anything but uncomplicated.

With a little help from Alex and his mentors, Ian and Harper, Theo realizes that living well requires courage. While he struggles to take the next step with Alex and to come out to his conservative parents, life beneath the palisade goes on. But when Alex and his boat disappear during a terrible storm, Theo must find the strength to hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623802936
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
01/14/2013
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Beneath the Palisade: Courage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CRincker More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. In "Beneath the Palisade: Courage," a sequel to "Reliance," author Skelton deftly balances zany antics, compassion, wisdom—and hot sex. Ian, Harper and Alex are back to act as mentors and stand-in family to Theo, a young engine mechanic caught in an internal battle to find himself. When we first meet, Theo is trapped in a scramble of confusion and guilt. At odds with a girlfriend he can’t love, he also struggles to block his instinctive attraction to the men around him. Through his discovery of the Men’s Center and his new circle of friends, Theo not only begins to define and value himself, but also to consider what a relationship with Alex might be like. Into this mix drive Harold and Quentin, an older couple visiting Ian and Harper’s Lake Superior resort with a special request: to rent a cabin for the entire summer, allowing an ailing Quentin to be in a childhood place he always has loved. Skelton’s story now becomes one that crosses generations, giving young Alex and Theo the opportunity to observe firsthand the beauty and power of a committed relationship between older men. As near tragedy strikes and the book’s theme of courage continues to unfold, it’s clear this is more than a coming-of-age story. While Theo struggles to come out, he not only discovers his identity but also peace. How do we learn to survive, cope and thrive in a less-than-perfect world? It takes courage in all aspects of life. This is a touching story, lovingly rendered. I’m looking forward to book three.