Book: Turning the Page
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: August 19, 2016
Length: 182 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of twenty years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson—especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.
Turning the Page is a very emotional, angsty, deeply dispiriting love story. Though not tragic for our current MC’s… there is a happy ending for them, through the entirety of the book it was a constant mourning.
I’m a huge fan of Andrew Grey always have been and he does have a tendency, with many of his books, to strike cords with your heart. The difference with all his books and this one is that the others pick up and tend to become cheerful at a certain point. It isn’t until the epilogue that the dark cloud lifts.
Now there’s zero wrong with that. This is clearly a sad story about grief. Malcolm has lost his partner of 20+ years to cancer. He loved strongly. With him they had a full life of amazing adventures and a once and a lifetime love. When Malcolm watched David die slowly of cancer, and it pretty much destroyed Malcolm too. This book starts with him wrapped in a thick scarf of sadness and it honestly never loosens.
Hans is a famous writer who bursts through his life like a refreshing breeze. He’s 10 years younger than Malcolm which is no big deal but for Malcolm it really is. Hans is spontaneous, adventurous, romantic, and amazing. And at every turn Malcolm tries to find reasons to not be with him. So, it’s sad and a bit frustrating.
My main issue however was with the chemistry between Hans and Malcolm. I actually thought at a certain part of this story that it wasn’t going to work out with them. Not because of their age but their personalities constantly clashed and I never felt like they were perfect for each other. Not once. I thought Hans was too strong or Malcolm was too stubborn. I questioned if he was in therapy and if not he really needed to be.
It is very well written, honestly. I loved the descriptions and I can’t begrudge Andrew for the context. Sadness, mourning, and growing is what this book is about but it fell a little flat for me. It needed more connection between the characters. That would have made it more believable.
If you’re looking for a lot of angst and yes a happy ending this is a great book just be prepared for the sadness.
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