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The Telling [Kindle Edition]

Eden Winters
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Time in Iraq cost Michael Ritter some of his hearing and a friend whose death he feels responsible for. He'd left Alabama hoping to escape a dull, small-town life, only to return four years later, lugging a duffle full of personal demons.

Cookesville, Alabama isn’t the most welcoming place on earth, particularly for a gay, Hispanic student wanting nothing more than to earn his degree and get back home to Texas. An image of a somber young man that he knows only by name and the stories told by an adoring sister comes to life when Michael returns home, just as Jay is already half-way to losing his heart.

Michael’s biggest battle lies ahead, and he’ll need all the help he can get to find his way in a world where he no longer fits in. Jay’s not sure where he fits either, but it could be next to the war-torn soldier who needs his strength.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books; 2 edition (7 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTLOO22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Somewhat of a nomad, Eden Winters has visited seven countries so far. Her earliest memories include making up stories for the family's pets, and through her academic years, she wrote many short stories and poems. Dreams of writing professionally were realized, only not as planned, with a good dozen years spent as a technical writer.

She began reading GLBT fiction as a way to better understand the issues faced by a dear friend and fell in love with the M/M romance genre. During a discussion of a favorite book, a fellow aficionado said, "We could do this, you know." Eden wrote her first novel shortly thereafter and never looked back.

Currently, Eden calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. She lives alone, having successfully raised two children, and divides her time between a day job, friends, writing, trying different varieties of vegetarian cuisine, and outdoor adventures such as hiking and camping. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, and she's a firm believer that life is better with pets. She also loves cruising down the road on the back of a Harley Davidson.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Roroblu'sMum TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Sentinel was a great intro this author's talents, and so I started to track down her other books, starting with the cheapest, and this is a steal at the price.

This tale had it all: two very decent, but very different leads who found in each other what each needed/a beautiful start to a romance/ a proper tale, not one simply written around copious amounts of sex/some prejudice and bigotry, and yet some very satisfying acceptance, which was done incredibly well with a bit of a lesson in it, but not preachily so.

It ended in the start of a HEA for these leads, and despite their young ages and very differing backgrounds, I felt sure that they'd last the distance. Now if only the author could write some more about them living that HEA...please...?
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 21 Oct. 2014
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what a dreary and dull tale, not worth the telling
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story 15 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story is one that gives those who read it hope. It touches on the fears of those who live in small towns and are forced to hide who they are, and how they work to overcome this. More importantly however, it discusses the problem of PTSD in returning soldiers, and how they work to overcome the past and again find hope and love to live for.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story 8 July 2013
By Will Parkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my very first male/male love story. It introduced me to Eden Winters and made me fall in love with Jay, who is so strong and willing to help his lover through the PTSD and move forward in life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 14 July 2013
By jill<624thurm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Touching story. Good character development. Good length. Tasteful but intense love scenes. Touched alot on PTSD and the road to acceptance of being gay in a small town. Very highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! 30 July 2013
By Christy Loves 2 Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first book by Eden Winters that I have read. It was a recommendation from a friend and the blurb interested me. I spent my teenage years growing up in the Deep South and I understand the mindset that these characters would have to deal with. It brought a level of empathy to my interpretation of the story and increased my enjoyment level.

Michael has just come home after four years in the Army serving his country. He's been discharged due to permanent hearing loss in one ear after a skirmish in Iraq. He has some post traumatic stress issues with nightmares and flashbacks and Michael is just trying to figure out his place in the world. He's only recently admitted to himself that he's gay and he knows his small, backwoods Alabama town is not the place to live if he ever wants to be able to be out and proud.

Jay is a roommate and best friend of Michael's sister and he's been in love with Michael for four years, ever since he found a picture of him and the photo became Jay's comfort and confessional. He's Hispanic and gay - two things that aren't looked at very well in this part of Alabama. But he has a full scholarship to the college and he's studying engineering because Jay wants out from small-town, small-minded people and he's willing to work hard to get there.

I really enjoyed watching these two men fall in love and overcome the daunting negativity that could have destroyed them. Michael had several things going for him, though, of which an amazing mom, older sister, and grandparents were three. His mom raised her children to be compassionate, honest, fair, non-judgmental, and accepting of all peoples. An unusual attitude for a woman born and raised in the South, but she learned that from her own parents. I fell for Michael's grandpa because it was one of the sweetest coming out stories I've read.

Jay and Michael are characters who really strengthen each other and that was so positive and loving to watch. Their love story was realistic without being incredibly heavy with angst and drama. This story of love, loss and hope is a good one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely story of loving someone who has issues. 9 April 2014
By Neil in Morgan Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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5-stars for Eden Winters' The Telling. A story of trauma, loss and PTSD. So many people who served our country return with issues. I am impressed that Eden Winters tackled this challenge. This is not a war story. Rather if focuses on the aftermath of war. Those who appear healthy and whole may be far more damaged than what anyone of us can imagine. These are sad truths that these individuals live with for the rest of their lives. Honoring them in a love story that focus on hope and healing is commendable.

I recommend this story to readers that enjoy M/M love stories that focus on the real human issues of ranging from felling of being unlovable to being able to accept and love someone when it is not easy. This is an easy, quick read that is insightful and entertaining.

Personally, I like stories that present challenges for the main characters and puts them in situations where they must face and deal with challenges within their lives.
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