Hunter is a Christian. Hunter is the man next door. Hunter Carlisle is gay. At 26 years old, Hunter Carlisle has a successful sales career, a devoted girlfriend, and rock-solid faith. He also guards a secret torment: an attraction to other men. When a career plunge causes muscle tension, Hunter seeks relief through Gabe Hellman, a handsome massage therapist. What begins as friendship takes a sudden turn and forces the two friends to reconsider the boundaries of attraction. Along the road to self-discovery, Hunter's secret is exposed to the community. Now Hunter must face the demons of his past and confront his long-held fears about reputation, sexual identity, and matters of soul. A story of faith, fire and restoration, Between These Walls braves the crossroads of love and religion to question who we are and who we will become.
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Hunter Carlisle is gay. But not a single soul knows about his big secret. Not even in his church does he feel brave enough to talk about his burden. And a burden, it is. For his whole life Hunter has pretended to be someone that he is not. He’s always had girlfriends and, although he honestly cared about them, he never really connected with them, nor really loved. His current girlfriend, Kara, has a job which requires a lot of travelling on her side. A welcome situation for Hunter, because it means less time where he needs to pretend to be a perfect boyfriend. Hunter has felt alone his whole life. As a teenager he became a Christian and found his love for God. This love helped him over the worst times in his life, but the love of another person who loves him for who he really is, is what he truly needs. Due to his stressful life, he suffers with back problems. When his old friend Ellen recommends her massage therapist Gabe, he gives it a try. Gabe cures him from his back problems, but more so with Gabe he finally finds, what he needs: a person he can be his true self with. Still, one problem remains: lying to his family and friends. His journey is not over yet. This book gives you an insight into a man who has had to carry a burden his whole life. After ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ from John Herrick, which I read earlier in the year, one thing was clear: I needed to read more from this author. Between these walls was the second book I’ve read so far and I might say it won’t be the last. It has been a while since I had the pleasure reading books as good as these. The author has the rare talent writing in a way you can really feel with the characters. He always finds the right words and drags you into the story letting you forget all about your own life. For the time reading, you are in the book, in the character. Hunter is sad, You are sad. Hunter is happy, You are happy. When he feels helpless, that feeling is right there with you too. That’s how it feels to read Between these Walls. The ability to write about a man with such a big secret and his struggles in life with such passion and sensibility really is a gift. If you are into well-written, entertaining and foremost touching novels you are going to love this book. And you won’t be disappointed, trust me.
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite If you have friends, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters or neighbors dealing with having to confront their own homosexuality or that of a close friend, Between These Walls is an excellent book that just might spare that teen agony and loneliness. Author John Herrick introduces young Hunter Carlisle who is successful in his sales career, but has led a precarious personal life since his teen years. He had strong feelings of attraction to males as a teen, but his Christian faith prevented him from acting on his impulses to love another man. He had unsuccessfully tried one female relationship after another, always using his Christian beliefs as a reason he could not further the relationship. When Hunter meets Gabe in a massage parlor, he begins to understand the true concepts of love and acceptance. And yet, he cannot fathom going against his Christian teachings and entering a world where he is taunted and ostracized. And then, he and Gabe feel drawn to one another just as a witness appears and changes the dynamics of Hunter's world. I liked the characters of Gabe and Hunter as they respectfully talked through their feelings and I loved the support of their mutual friend Ellen, who had her own walls to try to get through. When Hunter confides in his minister, he gets advice that allows him to begin to break free of the confines he has self imposed. Between These Walls is about how we all build walls and then feel ourselves to be prisoners of what we have constructed. Herrick tenderly takes the reader through the steps essential to breaking down the walls and continuing to be true to yourself while honoring your own belief system.