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, but now, four years later, he’s returning, lugging a duffle full of personal demons. Engineering student Jay Ortiz attends college in a place where his heritage and orientation aren’t widely accepted. While adjusting to new surroundings he found a soldier’s picture. During lonely times he confided in the image of the somber young man, giving his heart away to a stranger. Now that stranger is coming home…
After bitching and moaning for the last weeks about stories that are too short for their topic I went and read another novel by a new author – new for me anyway. On Goodreads Kassa recommended Eden Winters to me and I gave her novel "The Telling" (I think it is her first one) a try. The story is available for free at the GLBT Bookshelf and it is well worth the read.
It is a rather quiet story about Michael and Jay falling in love and Michael slow healing process with only little interference from outsiders. Nothing exciting or dramatic, but incredibly sweet and lovely. Jay is absolutely perfect (I’d almost say too perfect. But his obsession with Michael before he even meets him makes him human after all), Michael, however, has issues to resolve. Together they are a good couple.
The side characters were almost all supportive and well drawn. I can’t say I was too fussed about Angie, Michael’s sister, though. I have no siblings, so I don’t really know anything about typical big sister behaviour but she seemed overly meddlesome to me. Too meddlesome for me anyway. The constant prodding for information, the matchmaking and telling Jay and Michael what to do or not to do really got on my nerves. In the scene when she comes to Michael’s house while Jay was still sleeping I would have just told her to bloody leave. Geez!
The story is quite long, almost 70.000 words and I finished it in half a day. I started reading in the afternoon and was done sometime at night. That should tell you all you need to know, considering that I usually I am a very slow reader. It’s that good.
If you are not familiar with Eden Winters, go and read it!
|Download link||Get The telling for free at the GLBT bookshelf (scroll down a bit)|