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Bonds of Earth by G N Chevalier

Bonds of Earth (edition 2012)

by G N Chevalier

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Title:Bonds of Earth
Authors:G N Chevalier
Info:Dreamspinner Press (2012), Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, eText
Tags:Fiction, GLBT, m/m Romance, Veterans, WWI, 1919-1925, NYC, Shell Shock, Physical Therapy, eBook, Kindle, 2012 Read

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4.5 stars. Sometimes grizzly, stark reality of war. Truly gripping piece of m/m romance. ( )
  Penny01 | Feb 1, 2014 |
Finding this just too hard to finish at the moment. Not keen on the pacing or the historical detailing, feels more modern. Also finding it difficult to connect with the characters and feel any empathy. :( Might have to revisit it at a later date. ( )
  sharrow | Sep 21, 2013 |
Adorable! A must-read. ( )
  Steelwhisper | Mar 31, 2013 |
Michael and Seward are both hurting, in different ways. Their slow falling in love is completely realistic and believable, giving the readers that much more incentive to want it. The family they form with a broken child will endear itself to readers. Every person in this story is hurt in some way, and everyone is flawed. These are real characters the reader can't help but invest in, and when something occurs to hurt any of them, the reader will gasp in sympathy or snarl in anger. Chevalier presents lovable characters, a believable plot, and an all-around excellent book. ( )
  MartyAllen | Mar 25, 2012 |
Bonds of Earth is a quick and enjoyable read, one which I gulped down over the course of a five hour long car trip. It tells the story of two men, both veterans of the First World War who have been physically and emotionally scarred by their experiences, who slowly fall in love: Michael, the son of Irish immigrants, who is forced to leave New York to work as a gardener for a wealthy family in the upper part of the state; Seward, the only son of that family, guilt-ridden and suffering from what we would nowadays call PTSD. Chevalier has crafted a wonderful love story here, and it feels very believable that both men would take time to admit to their feelings and begin a relationship.

The only thing that I was a little bit iffy on was some of the pacing, particularly the lengthy epilogue during which we jumped forward three or four years in time. While the characterisation rings true—that a happy ending is not necessarily a Happy Ending, devoid of any complication or ongoing fallout from the things that the characters have been through—I thought that it threw the pacing off and needed to be either shorter or longer. Perhaps even the issues being dealt with could have occurred at an earlier chronological point in Michael and Seward's story. Regardless of these minor quibbles, however, Bonds of Earth is still highly recommended for those interested in m/m romance. ( )
  siriaeve | Mar 25, 2012 |
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In 1918, Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal: to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure. Once a promising young medical student, Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save. After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values, he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own. While Michael nurses the estate's neglected gardens, his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forget. John Seward's body was broken by the war, along with his will to recover until a family crisis to convinces him to pursue treatment. As John's health and outlook improve under Michael's care, animosity yields to understanding. He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger, but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other.

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