Title: The Faller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: December 1, 2018
Length: 51 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn't easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.
While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."
Picture (in this case) : 1912 Western Australia ... but it could be anytime and anyplace because
forbidden love is all times and over big parts of the world.
Charlie can’t live at home anymore, so to have a chance to leave and travel to England he has to generate money. He now works in the forest as a timber faller, with four other men.
There is one big impressive but delicious looking trunk... it isn’t even made of wood... and Charlie is afraid he gives away how he feels. The guys will kill him if they suspect!
Jack is one enormous and impressive looking guy, he’s quiet and hard working.
When Jack and Charlie stay behind in the forest for the holidays, something kind of sweet grows between them. But... holidays don't last forever.
This all nicely written with plausible woven sentences and sometimes it felt kind of mellow.
Even with the small development this story says a lot. It shows how love can’t be love, but also how strong love can be, how people can rise by love, how there always will be love at any time and any place, between two people of the same gender.
The year says 1912 ... and I want to cry out loud because more then a hundred years later nothing changed, in great parts of the world it’s still not allowed to love who you want to love. And with some wrong people at the top nowadays, it seems to get worse and the homophobia growing even stronger and going backwards to 1912 again.
But with the Christmas spirit on the background and at the threshold of a new year they have (thank goodness) a future... together <3
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