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- Publication Date: May 3, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07R8WBCH8
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Where do I even begin? In my opinion, this is HANDS DOWN, Lucy's best book to date. It honestly took my breath away. Sometimes you meet someone and you just know, and that was the case with Doc & Grandpa. What an incredible journey of love! I adored every single season of their love story, maybe most especially Betsy's love and devotion to both of them and to their ultimately finding forever together. It's just a beautiful story that I couldn't possibly recommend enough. I was crying, literally crying, tears of complete joy at the end, but it was also bittersweet. I want them to have a million lifetimes together. I cannot imagine a world where Doc & Grandpa don't exist! Bravo, Lucy! This was just breathtaking.
I wouldn’t normally recommend a book in the middle of a series to anyone who hadn’t read the earlier installments, but I think this book—minus the epilogue, which is more of a love letter to the fans than a part of the story—could be read as a stand-alone, or as an introduction to the series. It certainly whet my appetite for a reread!
**** The rest of this review may be considered by some to be a bit spoilery, so read at your own risk. ****
One of the best things about this book was the way that Betsy was depicted. While it would have been easy to set her up as a foil, the author chose to make Betsy a smart, wonderful, caring person and true life partner to Doc, and one who accepted and loved the Major as a dear friend. Betsy trusted him with her children and welcomed his help. I would have enjoyed more scenes between them, but the ones we did get were lovely, albeit emotionally hard to take. By making Betsy a perfect match for Doc, the author set the bar high for the Major, and made the book all the stronger for it.
I thought all of the situations the author presented were so well done and believable. I loved, loved, loved the vows spoken by Wes and Liam at the end. I've read all of the Made Marian and Wilde family books and absolutely love the world she has created.
I do have a couple of complaints though that I just couldn't let go by and those were the two 2-star reviews for this book. The first reviewer complained bitterly because Wes had "contact" with other men when he was in love with Liam. I do not think this reviewer read the same book that I did. Wes and Liam WERE NOT TOGETHER until well after Liam's wife had died. They were only friends!! Liam wasn't even aware that Wes loved him. Liam was a married man and even had another child AFTER he and Wes became friends. So, in my opinion it is totally unfair to expect a healthy, single man to abstain from any kind of relationship while the object of his affection IS MARRIED AND OBVIOUSLY NOT ABSTAINING. Wes did not have any other relationship after he and Liam got together so there was NO cheating!
The second reviewer complained because "elderly" men had a normal sex life. Excuse me? Lots and lots of older men and women are able to have healthy relationships. My husband is in his late 70's and, believe me, has no problems. This reviewer is totally bigoted against older people. As far as I'm concerned, it's totally wrong to trash a book because the reviewer is a agist bigot.
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Starting with their meeting in Vietnam and with some emotional wartime moments, the story follows them back to Doc’s hometown where we meet his wife and family. Betsy Wilde might be one of my favourite characters from the whole series for her humour and sweetness, and how much more perceptive she is than her husband!
Doc & Granpa’s love story begins in earnest some years after Granpa (aka Weston Marian) has settled into his life on the ranch and farm, being Uncle Major to the four Wilde kids, but there’s love right from the start and through to the end and I adore how Lucy has managed to make the progression of years heartwarming and not sad.
If, like me, you got a bit nervous that we were going to lose one of the older generation as a finale: you don’t. Read without trepidation. Also the epilogue is epic.
A romance that has lasted a life time and has shown their family what it really is to love.
Well done Lucy. You had me crying and laughing and wanting it to never end!!
I have read all the Forever Wilde books and this has made me want to go back and start at the beginning all over again just to re-experience Doc & Grandpa's interactions with each other and the family with this new found insight.
I totally loved this book, would totally recommend it and cannot wait for Michael Pauley's audio! 👌💕
Very emotional yet had me laughing too.
Finally the Wilde as and Marian's meet properly
The best romance I have ever read. Ever!
These 2 men are the strong foundation for the Wilde clan. They are an inspiration and steadfast rolemodels for all their children and grandchildren. Lucy Lennox has done an amazing job at representing them in their younger years, and showcasing the undying love between them. I especially loved meeting Doc's wife Betsy and seeing the dynamic not only between the 2 of them, but also between her and Wes as well. She was an amazing character herself, and I absolutely loved how she was represented and then her memory kept alive.
While this book travelled over the timeline of many memorable historic events, both for the greater world as well as the gay community, the author made the wise choice to focus on these men and their family rather than try and include all of those events. The book didn't seem rushed and didn't have any gaps despite those events not being discussed.
The book ends with the event promised at the end of His Saint - with the reaffirming their vows in the Marian vineyard, and Wes finally reuniting with his sister Tilly. Understandably when these 2 families meet, chaos ensues. I was thankful that the over-the-top Tilly antics prevalent in the Made Marian series didn't occur in this book. I have enjoyed the Wilde series for what it is and that sort of crossover would have ruined the story for me.
We see the hint of the start of King's book at the end of this one, and it's enough to have me intrigued about him given we haven't seen much of him in the series to date. I look forward to the next book and getting to know him better.
I would absolutely recommend this book and this series.
I read with interest the “Letter from Lucy”, where she takes the time to explain just how difficult this novel was to write, how there could have easily been so much more put into Doc and Major's story, more details, more events that shaped the coming together of two dynamic men within a chaotic period of time in our history spread over many years. From the 60's and 70's when Major realized he was gay, to the Vietnam war, through the rough 80-90's where a whole generation of men were dying not from an enemy bullet, but to a vicious disease that took the gay community by storm, to the ongoing easing of public opinions around LGBT communities, to finally a more openly accepting time, where marriage equality became a real thing, not just a dream. So I do agree that Wilde Love, could easily have become a 7000 word? Or page story, because after 45 years together there would have been just so much to tell.
Which is why the 'Letter from Lucy' was just so important, because it explained why there were massive gaps in the storyline. Gaps that rode a year or three, or skipped significant or important details that could have added to this wonderful novel: Like when Major gets hurt in Hobie, that entire section was almost basically glossed over and yet, there was just enough there to drive the story forward. There were of course other elements within the story that we know of, from previous Wilde books that I would have loved reading about, or when mentioned casually, being fleshed out more, like where everything went pear-shaped between Major and Tilly back in the early 50’s, considering 67 years separated their reunion, or the period of time where Doc's life takes a major turn for the worst.
And as Lucy said, this novel was about making tough choices, to decide what part of this amazing journey between two wonderful men, would actually make it to paper. Can I just say, despite the skinniness of some areas within the book, I loved the tale? Sure there were elements where I would have LOVED more detail, a more fleshing out of what actually happened, and definitely more years of our men raising family and living proud together, perhaps even at the sacrifice of that chaotic epilogue, but the overall wonderful retelling of Doc and Major’s story eased that need to the point where it wasn’t a crucial loss.
So anyone who’s ever read this series, will know Doc and Major, they’re central to every book in the Wilde Forever series in some fashion and rightly so.
Can I state categorically, that I loved Major, absolutely adored him. He was everything I wanted him to be and so much more. He was just so easy to connect with, so solid, brave and dependable, a total rock, and without Ms Lennox paying absolute tribute to him as a man and a character, this story would have faulted completely.
I also loved Doc, he had so much growing to do, including acknowledging and accepting his bi-sexuality, which was handled believably, with grace and credence, so that when the time came for him and Major to take that next step in their relationship, their coming together was believable and felt organic, a natural progression to the love they had for each other despite the era which was still so anti-gay.
So, for those out there who are expecting a typical LOL /Wilde Lennox novel, or you will likely be a little disappointed. Major and Doc’s story really deserved the gravity it got, particularly given the global conflict that existed at the time of their meeting (war), and while Wilde Love, wasn’t a full-on angst driven novel, there were periods of emotional turmoil that felt spot on, like Major’s yearning for the man he loved but thought he could never have, and Doc’s heartbreak.
I want to thank Ms Lennox for giving us Major and Doc’s story, I loved it so much I bought it, much like all her other work. I definitely will reread this story, and I do highly recommend anyone who is a fan of the Wilde/ Marian clan series to take the time, if not having already done so, to read this wonderful love story. It totally was worth the time.
For those that haven't read the Forever Wilde series, I recommend you start at Facing West, book 1 in the Forever Wilde Series, because despite Forever Love being a standalone novel there is just so much more depth to Major and Doc’s love story if you've read the other books.
Rating: 5 stars because Ms Lennox gave us the ‘Letter from Lucy’ explanation.