RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014
BLURB: After a rocky first few months, Stephen Parker and Russ Bishop’s relationship is at a crossroads when the death of Stephen’s father forces them to visit Stephen’s hometown in southern Georgia.
Estranged from his family, Stephen must find a way to come to terms with his past and say goodbye to the father whose expectations he could never live up to. The small, conservative town provides its own challenges as Russ realizes providing emotional support is one part of being a true partner for Stephen.
In the second book of this series, Stephen has received news that his father has died. He has to return to his hometown for the funeral even though he has had no relationship with his father for the past 25 years. This trip will bring up all the bad memories, regrets, the homophobic slurs and prejudices of his younger life.
Russ, still craving the equality in their relationship, realises that by standing up beside Stephen in this difficult time, will help him to achieve that. He will support, show his love and also prove to Stephen that his love for him, is nothing like the love Stephen’s mother showed when she walked out on him when he was small.
Though a difficult journey, it cemented the union between these two men. Together they overcome the prejudices of not only being Gay, but also their age difference.
The way the Author wrote the character Miss Esther was excellent, she was the only one to show any affection to Stephen. She understood prejudice herself – in 1964, interracial marriages were against the law. She met and fell in love with a white man. Oh yes, she understood prejudice all right!
Every era has its own prejudices. Stephen and Russ prove that their love was strong enough to survive anything and the future that they were determined to build together.
Overall, the book was sometimes sad, very intimate and certainly introspective.