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Chet doesn't come home alone, however. He brings with him his longtime lover, Drew Weatherly, who takes a job at the local bank. The men know that the town may not be accustomed to an openly gay couple, but ...
Chet doesn't come home alone, however. He brings with him his longtime lover, Drew Weatherly, who takes a job at the local bank. The men know that the town may not be accustomed to an openly gay couple, but their plan is to slowly gain acceptance, easing the neighborhood into an understanding of their relationship.
Everything seems to be going well until the local Baptist minister, Brother Gene, begins to suspect that the two men are more than just friends, and he's squarely against allowing them to work their way into the community on their own terms.
As tensions begin to rise, Chet is accused of the unthinkable: raping a local boy he befriended. Now, winning over the community is no longer a choice but a necessity if he's to keep his freedom in Without One Plea.
Posted July 15, 2009
This is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat to where you can't put it down. The author gives you insight into the views of many people even today that show discrimation against others. This is a story of coming out in a small town and having to face rejection from those whom you have know for years and thought loved you for who you are though not knowing your gay. Being gay should have nothing to do with being loved and cared about as an individual. The authors knowledge of small town discrimination makes you feel he has experienced it first hand. He has done a wonderful job of telling a story that gives us food for thought. Can't wait for his next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2009
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This book combines both a love story and a poignant tale of coming out in a small community facing the possible and likely rejection of those who love you the most. I have to confess I was moved to tears by the way the main character cried out to God and the loneliness he faced as a result of his homosexuality in the small town Bible belt town in which he was raised. There is even a fascinating legal thriller thrown in the mix. This book appeals to both those looking for a beach read and anyone in the gay or straight community that is simply fed up with the hypocrisy of those who place one "sin" above another. The author is an amazing person whose knowledge of small town Mississippi is unmatched! I stayed up all night reading because I simply could NOT put it down. Mr. Mitchell, please write another!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2009
Author Ben Mitchell was able to capture the trip to Mission Springs, MS with much truth and candor. The voyage of Chet and Drew back to their Mississippi roots drew me in and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.
I can't wait for the next book by Mr. Mitchell as he tells it like it is and helps readers understand what being discrimated against in small town Mississippi is like while dealing with left-wing Christian groups.
Posted July 8, 2009
I am not one that finishes a book immediately upon starting it but, I could not put this book down. From the very beginning you become so very interested in what is happening and what could happen that you simply must to finish it. The characters are "real" and captivating, the writing is so well done that you can easily visualize every detail that is flowing across each page. It is very clear that the author (Ben Mitchell) not only spent time going over every detail of the book but he also knows well about life in the south. I anxiously await the next book from this author who may only have one book but writes as though he has written 10 bestsellers. If you enjoy John Grisham, then you must read this book. No disrespect to Mr. Grisham, but this is superior to even his writing and I am a longtime fan. As a member of the gay community, I applaud the tasteful way the gay characters are portrayed. It shows that we all have the same problems in relationships. Again, this is a must read. I cannot recommend this book enough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2009
Anyone who grew up in the south knows all the characters in "Without One Plea". They were your neighbors, your Mama's best friend, and your family. In crafting this tale, Mr. Mitchell has, in our great southern tradition, taken all these folks out of the closets and backrooms and put them right out there on the front porch for everyone to enjoy! Do yourself a favor and take a well deserved trip to Mission Springs, Mississippi and get reacquainted with old friends!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2009
Mr. Mitchell's prose follows in the tradition of other great Southern writers who spin tales of family and communities that are filed with character roles without being caricatures themselves. From the protagonist Southern attorney turned law professor to the antagonist fundamentalist preacher and every blue haired Southern socialite in between, the reader can see him or herself in one of the wonderfully crafted characters that fill this novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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