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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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Bonds of Earth by G N Chevalier



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There's something about when an author does the damn research to get the terms and details right that raises a book from "Good" to "Amazing". It's the little details, both in voice and narrative, that really immerse you. (Chevalier, you made me wiki "Mazda lights"!) that regard, I absolutely adored this book.

Plotwise, It'd probably give it closer to a 4, in that the plot was fairly predictable for a romance. That said? It was well-executed, and even though I knew there was a turn coming up, I was looking forward to see what the turn was. The progression of the characters toward each other felt natural, and the characters themselves were distinct and interesting but not so unique as to be the One Special Character with All The Traits (a problem with small ensembles occasionally).

One thing about the ending - I adore that it's not a perfect Happily Ever After where Nothing Hurts. There is one notable Unhappy that just adds to the realism. That Chevalier included that detail, again, makes the story that much more realistic.

In sum? Definitely recommended! ( )
  cjrecordvt | Aug 13, 2016 |
Intrigued for sure...and yes the cover grabbed me as well. :)
  JulieCovington | May 29, 2016 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 161372327X, Paperback)

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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