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Always With Us Paperback – October 9, 2014
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was written beautifully in regards to its period; not once did I feel I was anywhere but Victorian England, specifically Liverpool. The characters behave as people of that time would have, with regard to LGBT issues - that is, they were running scared in the wake of the Oscar Wilde scandal. There is very little sex in the novel, but plenty of romance, preceded by a lot of UST. But in a way you hardly notice the slow pace of the romance (again, in accord with the historical period and how these things were conducted among heterosexuals, at least), because you are caught up with the social issues the book portrays. This is a book I may not have read in response to its blurb, and it pleasantly surprised me by how un-stodgy it turned out to be. I have read Morgan's previous novel, 'Solemn Contract', which I discovered after last year's Rainbow Awards, and so I was well aware what a good writer she is. This, however, is an even better novel in my opinion, despite the fact its setting (blurb) would have been less attractive to me. Teaches you to follow the good authors, no matter what they write!
This was a beautifully written, slow building, character led, sweet romance that won my heart completely.
This was a truly sweet tale.