Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.
Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.
In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.
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About the Author
Kim Fielding is the bestselling, award-winning author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love. After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay, I just need to put this out there. I LOVE quiet, gentle stories about two guys that find each other and act like adults without manufactured angst in the story. This one hit that with spades. That’s not to say that there wasn’t some angst, but it was internal and totally realistic for their situation. And I loved every minute of watching these two guys meet, fall in love, and try to work out the snafus of their lives in order to be together. They did it while acting like the grownup men that they were by communicating with each other. It was so damn refreshing! The fact there are books and a little library on top of all that in this story, made this a very special read for me. Elliot is a professor of history that had endured a scandal not of his own making that cost him his tenure-track position at a college. (Hello, jerk of an ex-boyfriend. What a narcissistic asshole.) He returned home to be near his older brother and his wife, bought a house, and is currently working at a community college as well as an on-line instructor. He is basically holed up in that house with a collection of books that is on this side of hording. Every time he feels stress, a purchase of a book or two or three, helps him feel more anchored. Nagging on the part of his brother and a chance meeting of a gorgeous guy using a cane while coming back from his daily run, make Elliot take a look at his life. He vows to not do any more book purchases and decides to build a little library for his front lawn, thinking of it as a way to divest himself of some of his books. Who would have thought that little library would bring so many people into his life, including that gorgeous man with a cane, pulling him out of reclusive doldrums. Simon is an kind and caring ex-cop, shot in the knee in the line of duty. He is struggling through physical therapy, trying to get back his previous mobility. He is also struggling with the knowledge that he is gay. Finding gay-themed books in the little library on his walking route, he takes the courageous step of informing Elliot about his sexuality and his fear of how his family would react if they knew. And then we get to watch as these really great guys navigate their way to loving each other. Their awkward “first date” is worth the price of admission alone. The fact that both of them were honest about their nervousness after all of this just showed the kind of guys that they were. When their situation made their future very tentative, I couldn’t help but root for them to find a way to keep together. The last chapter brought tears to my eyes just knowing that both of them have a wonderful life ahead of them. I know I'll be coming back to this one time and time again to reread.
I really enjoyed this, especially Elliott’s love of books which I can totally understand, though my hoarding is mostly digital, to my husband’s ever lasting happiness. Told completely from Elliott’s POV, I loved watching as he found himself and his confidence again. His ex-boyfriend’s betrayal royally ruined Elliott’s life and he’s just starting to get back on his feet. Elliott is so incredibly sweet that I wanted everything to work out for him immediately because I couldn’t stand his unhappiness. Considering his circumstances, this book overall was very light and uplifting and it was the perfect weekend read. Simon acts as a great partner for Elliott and he too goes through his own journey as he comes to terms with his family finding out about his sexual orientation. He’s embraced his preferences for himself and wants to find love but he also doesn’t want to disappoint his large, religious family. As Simon and Elliott grow closer, you can really see the struggle he goes through to find a way to make their relationship work out in the long run. I’m so happy that Amy Fielding included Simon’s coming out in the story because it’s such a turning point. When Simon brings Elliott to visit his family for the holidays, it was like a fist squeezing my heart; it was so beautiful and I got choked up. Elliott’s support was everything and even though Simon struggles with the results afterward you know the love these two share can overcome anything.