- File Size: 2225 KB
- Print Length: 117 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073HZS2G5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Layover Kindle Edition
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I was craving for a simple love story, where the beauty is the simplicity of human emotion- two lives suddenly thrown together in the midst of reality, and the ensuing night of simple love that follows.
Ondro Smrek receives life-changing news about his past lover and decides to go to his home country of Slovakia for the first time in eight years. Upon arriving to Brasil, Switzerland for a layover, he is unexpectedly delayed and at the airport he meets and is intrigued by Jamie, an American living in Scotland.
Well, it's not exatly simple-touching-love story because of its strong undertones: the difficulty of being raised in one of European Union’s most conservative countries, the impact of the anti-LGBT referendum held in Slovakia in 2015, the backstory of Ondro’s first love, and the scene with his mother towards the end of the story. I love when an author includes parts of the language and culture they’re writing about, it really does make a difference.
'The Layover' is a well-written book that details the characters and focuses on the relationship and I will certainly look forward to future works by the author
There is so much that happens in this book, mostly in Ondro's head, and nothing that really happens at all except that Ondro grows day by day as a human who is subject to feelings he long abandoned. Jamie, whose unfortunate sudden illness turns out to be the pivotal, and virtually only, plot device, takes life a little more openly than Ondro. These two are special individuals separately and spectacular when they enter a relationship drenched in doubt, fear, and growing love.
This one is apparently the only book released to date by the author. It is one of the best first M/M novels I have ever read and should not be missed.
Personal I was so happy to see one of my favorite foods, one that I learned from my Hungarian grandmother, become a part of the story. I also identified with the comparison of crepes to palichinka. I felt a connection to Ondro.
Ondro is an intense, not ugly, but not traditionally handsome guy who has finally stopped running from his past.
Jamie's just on his way back home. He's a super smart guy and not into one night stands, but he tried Ondro for one night, and kept him after seeing him for what he was. A guy looking for love.
American Jamie lives and works in Scotland and teaches "biochemistry with a bit of genetics" at the University of Edinburgh. When Ondro first spies him at the airport, Jamie is wearing a purple plasticky straw fedora and black-and-yellow-striped socks, but Ondro quickly feels "He was beautiful in a way that required a second and even a tenth glance to appreciate fully."
Although the story is just a bit over 100 pages, Roe Horvat does an remarkable job of fleshing out Jamie and unfolding Ondro's past bit by bit so the book has a richness and completeness to it. Horvat's writing is crisp and definitely ....unflowery, yet there is a quality to it that can rip your heart out and then gently place it back into your chest. The story of Ondro's former boyfriend Peter as well as the vignette of Ondro's mother are incredible in their power, despite their brevity.
After reading the blurb, I didn't expect what The Layover turned out to be - an extraordinarily well-written short story with an unexpected emotional depth. I think this is Roe Horvat's first novel and I will definitely read their next book. Highly recommended!