- File Size: 3212 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publication Date: May 12, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07RJ1LNXT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gideon (Finding Home Book 3) Kindle Edition
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So what didn't I like?
(1) Gideon and Eli’s relationship didn’t feel authentic to me. Gideon, with all of his issues, is incredibly quick to open up to Eli. He has no problem wearing his insecurities on his sleeve throughout their entire relationship. This seems completely out of keeping with somebody whose anti-hero character has been built on years and years of hiding and rejection.
He's spent two decades terrified to come out of the closet lest he lose everything he's built. He's spent his whole life terrified that nobody can really love him since even his parents really didn’t. But instead of showing Gideon authentically struggling with these issues, and doing the hard work of moving past them, all of his pathologies seem to magically melt away in the warm glow of his love for Eli. Sure, every once in a while one of the characters pays lip service to Gideon being incredibly damaged, but that “damage” never seems to stand in the way of his emotional intimacy with Eli.
(2) Which brings me to Frankie. I love me a big, bad (two-dimensional) villain as much as the next girl, but I can’t help but feel that Frankie is here to create the drama that should have more authentically arisen from Gideon’s internal pathologies. Since Gideon has a remarkably easy time shedding said pathologies for Eli—and his lifetime of fears and insecurities and maladaptive behaviors are no real obstacle to their happiness—we need Frankie to keep on popping up to twirl his mustache and roll boulders into their path.
(3) Eli is a major Mary Sue. He has no flaws. He always says and does the right thing. He lives his life completely authentically. He’s charming and talented and everybody likes him. He never falters in his support for Gideon, even when Gideon’s telling him that they might have to be in the closet together forever. He follows his bliss, and stands up to his parents and their expectations. ***MINOR SPOILER*** Hey, he’s not just a nurse, but actually nursed in Afghanistan, and just happened to get shot(!) there. And ***MINOR SPOILER AGAIN*** he even randomly saves the life of some guy having a heart attack for no plot reason, but just to show us how truly cool he is.
(4) There were just too many inconsistencies for me. Gideon is surprised to learn that Eli is gay a chapter after Eli has already mentioned his male "ex." Conversely, Eli's conjecture that Gideon is gay is described as "half-formed suspicions" after Gideon's agent has already told Eli that Gideon has a lot of sex with men on the DL!! (I also find it impossible to believe that the skeezy, superficial, money-hungry guy on their cruise is only interested in . . . the nurse? Not the Hollywood star?) And why was Gideon so insecure about his age & looks in his relationship with Eli? Huh? Given that he's a Hollywood superstar who can generally pull anyone he wants and has fans drooling over him everywhere, you would think that this was the last thing he'd be insecure about. (Maybe the only thing he'd actually think he was good for?)
(5) So much of what has made Lily Morton's series great is the relationships between the friends, not only the main characters. Silas is awesome. Milo is awesome. Niall is awesome. Oz is super-duper amazing awesome. And Cornwall is such a great setting. So I was more than a little disappointed that Gideon and Eli spend half of the book on a cruise ship with random cartoon-esque characters miles away from the other characters, and then, when they finally head to Cornwall, spend almost all of their time together there like hermits.
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So, unfortunately, I couldn't get behind this book. But I still love Lily Morton. I'll still buy her next book as soon as it comes out, because I have faith that she'll fully return to form with her next outing.
I’m really glad Lily Morton wrote this story about Gideon because the entire series wouldn’t have felt complete without it. Truly a lovely story with Lily’s characters’ snark and how she paints her descriptive scenes in colors, smells and visual art which leaves you right there. Absolutely loved this story!
i laughed, cried and celebrated with these MC's as they learned that they could trust and love. This was a romantic
I loved this story of Gideon and Eli...Gideon learns to love himself and Eli, and Eli takes care of him with strength and love. Lovely characters, fun interaction with the whole family, and a sweet ending.
This is the third book in the Finding Home series and it can be read as a stand-alone, however i would recommend reading it as part of the series. You will have more connection with the characters i think.