- 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: #484,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“The Layover” puts a refreshing spin on what could be a rather clich&eqcute; story of two ships that pass in the night. The story unfolds in such a way that the seemingly unlikely series of events that brings Ondro and Jamie together seem quite believable. That's due in part to the strong character development and a plot that carefully keeps away from over-the-top reactions.
The story is told in the first person by Ondro, so we get to know him quite well, and learn about Jamie through him. Ondro is a complex person, and it takes a while; most of the story in fact, for us to begin to understand why he is returning to his home country.
Jamie is a bit younger, and at least to Ondro, a little innocent. He is, however, extremely smart and probably not as inexperienced as Ondro thinks. Jamie is an interesting character. In a way, he is the one who controls much of what happens in the book.
This is quite a short novelette, at around 100 pages in print, which makes it all the more masterful of an achievement. The writing is tight yet leaves nothing out. We get more than enough to get to know the characters and their world, without any unnecessary or extraneous information.
But, there is SO MUCH MORE to this brilliant novella.
This is exquisitely written with lyrical language and descriptions. The flow is fluid and we are held in this story's grasp. I don't have enough words to explain how terrific this novella is. Deep, timely, sexy, meaningful, pertinent, heartwarming, and intense.
Loved it ! I'll read this over and over. I hated to let go of our magnificent characters.
Thank you Roe Horvat.
Highly recommended ! ENJOY !
This is my favorite kind of book about human relationships and connection, when life just happens and people make brave choices to try to make a life for themselves.
I love the quick dialog, the realistic chains of events between Ondro and Jamie, I love the last chapter where we get a piece of what happens after. The ending is perfect for this story, not too much and not too little.
If this is what Roe Horvat is about then I can't wait to read his next books! Congratulations Roe for this amazing success, be proud, be very proud!
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
The writing? Simply exquisite.
The characters? Fully developed. Endearing, vulnerable, honest...unforgettable!
The plot? Engaging. Sad, hopeful, realistic, romantic...
This is one of my favorite reads of the year. Simply unforgettable!
"I met a guy six days ago, and now I'd follow him anywhere."
And within 117 pages and a couple of hours, I feel the same way about Roe Horvat.