Author: H. Lewis-Foster
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Length: 103 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
Love and art escaping the past in 1920s London.
London, 1924. Evan Calver is enjoying a quiet pint, when he notices a man smiling at him across the bar. While the Rose and Crown isn’t that kind of pub, Evan thinks his luck might be in, and he narrowly escapes humiliation when he realises the man is smiling at a friend. Eavesdropping on their conversation, Evan discovers the man is named Milo Halstead and served as an army captain during the war.
When they meet again by chance in the British Museum, artist Milo asks Evan if he would sit for a portrait. Evan is amazed that an upper-class artist wants to paint the son of a miner, and he’s just as surprised when their acquaintance blossoms into friendship. When he discovers that Milo is a man like himself, he hopes that friendship might become more. But as Evan and Milo grow ever closer, can they escape the fears of the past to find their future happiness?
I love reading historical romances and I always have. Reading an LGBT historical romance is a little bit different. While I was reading Evan and Milo’s story, I am reminded of how far the world has come. Their romance takes place in London in 1924 and it’s not a relationship that is accepted in any way. These men have found the courage to want love, even if it comes at a great cost.
Milo is an artist and a veteran. Evan has a lung condition and works as a grocer. They meet completely by accident, but their friendship is immediate. I love that Milo looks at Evan and wants to paint him, to capture his beauty. As they get to know each other, they share who they really are with each other. Love soon blossoms between the men. With the help of some incredible friends and family, they have a little bit of a safe harbor. This book, these men…spoke to my heart. While this is a fictional story, these stories are real. I think we all should be thankful for the men and women who have paved the way for all of us today. The bravery, the courage, and the desire to love and be loved…it’s what we all deserve. I love when an author takes a look back at the ones who came before. I’m so glad I read this book and Evan and Milo’s story will stay with me.
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