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The Boy I Love - A compelling love story set in the aftermath of World War One (The Boy I Love Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Forced to hide his true desires for his sometime lover and former sergeant, Adam, now a butcher, the difficulties that one can only imagine were faced in the post war period by ex-soldiers are laid out sensitively. By no means a 'fully wronged' man, Paul, like the other characters, has his emotional and physical frailties, and rather than force any one point of view on her reader, Marion Husband calmly portrays a balanced narrative allowing the readers to make up their own minds.
Through the vivid flashbacks the author highlights the contrasts between events lived and living, and in the sweat, tears and anger of war the same passions rumble with a whole different form of expression. Allowing the characters to develop in effortless prose with a series of graphic sex scenes and realistic dialect, 'the love that dare not speak its name' is explored with true feeling and passionate lust.
What really struck me about this novel was the difficulty I found in putting it down, as I was gripped by its intricate romantic plotline and compact cast of memorable and contrasting characters. Complicated issues are tackled with great sensitivity while the storyline bounds along at a pace, and whether it is reflecting on the moral quandary of society's prejudice only a few generations ago, or indulging in classic romance, there is something here for everyone.
are offended by the subject matter then perhaps this book is not for you.Well worth a read but just keep an open mind and
hopefully you will enjoy the story.
There were no bad guys here for me. It was a complicated story and I couldn't guess how it would end. I felt so much for Paul who was trying so hard to do the right thing and grew to love the character of Patrick. I so wanted every one of them to be happy in the end, but the book was just too realistic for that.
All in all, Marion Husband created a world I didn't want to leave. So I was very glad when I found out that these characters also appear in Marion's 'Paper Moon' and I went on to read that. I loved finding out what had happened to them down the years.
The characters are well crafted, and the author skillfully tells us enough about each of them for me to use my own imagination to flesh out some of them in my mind. Which again, is something I love about this book.
The atmosphere of the post World War 1 England was vivid - the author managed to convey society's attitude and expectations of certain groups of people: such as women, the disabled and homosexuals. Not only is this interesting to learn, but it also reminds me not to take the progress we have made for granted.
This book is only about 270-pages but it manages to capture and tell so much. I was well impressed.
All in all, I have no hesitation to recommend this book to any of my friends.
I have also read the second book in the trilogy, Paper Moon. I love that as well. It has some link to The Boy I Love, but it also reads well as a standalone book.
I liked the twins and really felt for Patrick as I felt he was the real loser in the novel - not in the personality sense. He is comfortable in his sexuality but seems condemned to live a life in shadows as the main character abandons him to live `respectfully'. It is a very absorbing novel and once you get to grips with the characters flows effortlessly. Well worth reading.
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