Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Release Day Review: The Weather Baker’s Son by Peter Grover


Title: The Weather Baker’s Son

Author: Peter Grover

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release: 21st December 2016

Genre: M/M (contemporary)


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Nature’s call of desire among golden fields and intoxicating red-lipped poppies seems to proclaim a path to love and healing in southern France. Yet Peter, an American university student struggling with self-doubt following a failed love affair, is determined never to be hurt again. While on a vacation with his widowed mother, Peter is smitten by Gaston, a handsome local baker. Gaston, less bold than Peter, is drawn to Peter as well but fearful of the loss of family esteem—particularly the respect of his cousin Mario, who looks up to Gaston. Their friendship grows into more as Peter continues to visit the bakery, but their increasing intimacy does not go unnoticed. The road to fulfillment becomes increasingly obscured, and internal doubts and external events spiral out of control. The arrival of a handsome stranger, suspicions of murder, and the threat of harm might spell the end of more than just their relationship.

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Freya’s Review

France meets America in this Global romance. Having loved and lost; at the invitation of his mother, Peter heads for France to get away from it all.

The story starts with a prolog. Peter is being rescued, which immediately upped my concentration factor. Heaven help me, but reading about a man in peril does things for me. The timeline then goes back to tell the story from an earlier period in Peter’s life. It was a time when Peter’s innocence allowed him to be seduced by a man who played the field. He was in love. The same could not be said of his lover, Francois.

Told in the third person, the voice of the narrator seems to be that of a well-read person with a penchant to put an old English twist on modern dialogue. It’s almost as if Shakespeare were writing in the 21st Century. Had it not been for the appearance of a helicopter in the opening sequences, I’d have thought the story was historical. While different; for me, the style distracted my attention from the full depth of emotion being experienced. Heartache was there, and I felt it, but I think if the language had been slightly different, and my heart would have pumped harder. There again, the writing of each author is different, and I’ve no doubt some readers will lap up the panache of Mr. Grover.

There is a small cast, and each gets their fair share of air-time. In France Peter meets Gaston, the son of a baker who is better at predicting the weather than the Met office. Through the pages, the author flits from character to character, memory to memory, experience to experience. This coupled with the style, occasionally left me a touch confused. I believe it is because the author doesn’t stick with the life and thoughts of the main characters, he delves into the lives of the people around Peter and Gaston too. He even delves into the thoughts of the Padie, the dog. Everything is there to form a bigger picture of who does what and why.

Anyhow, the as the boys get closer, those around them notice the changes. Through small talk at the bakery, exposed skin here and there, occasionally a lot of skin, Peter and Gaston dance around each other, reluctant to take that final step, as nether want to be hurt. The unfulfilled touches of desire were a delight to read - damned they had me breathing deeply, let alone the boys in the story.

Just when things were heating up, a series of unfortunate events conspire to keep Peter and Gaston apart, among them suspicions of murder.

The Weather Baker’s Son is a tale of thoughts, dreams, and emotions with a nice ending. The heat is unrequited passion, rather than physical. Albeit, there are some intimate, though not explicit scenes. If one could imagine Shakespeare being thrown into a small modern French village and then writing an M/M story (not for the stage), this is what it would be like.

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  1. I visited foreign countries a few times. It's interesting to see the custom of the local people on a daily basis. What I like of those countries are the easier and more orderly transportations (coming from Indonesia, I think there's very few with worse traffic/transportation than us).

  2. Yes, I have visited several foreign countries ... aside from the sightseeing and foods, I think I enjoy observing the street rules (Vietnam is as frustrating as Indonesia, while Singapore is VERY VERY ORDERED!)

  3. Travelling is one of my favourite things to do... I've been in a lot of Capitals in Europe. My last trip was ten days in Paris... How I loved it! My next trip is going to be to Munich in January. I'm looking forward to it!

  4. While we were stationed in Germany we visited Holland , Belgium ,Austria and Denmark. Our favourite was Denmark.

  5. Europe is a quick (2) boat trips away so lots of visits there, especially France - winter skiing!! The scenery in the Alps in the winter, on a sunny day is just breathtaking.
    A group of friends & I were hoping to go to NYC next December to celebrate one friends landmark birthday, but it is looking unlikely - one of the ladies and I may go anyway, it's about 18 yrs since we last went!!

  6. Yes, I have visited foreign countries. I love that you can find friendly, kind people in every country. It's fun to explore the local culture and food.

  7. I visited Poland and Germany when I was 16. It was an amazing experience! I definitely would like to travel again one day. :D

  8. I have been to Europe, South America and Asia. But not all the countries. I love traveling and seeing other worlds. Next up is Moldova in April

  9. I've been to both Canada and Jamaica multiple times. Although, being from the NE US, I'm not sure Niagara Falls counts as "visiting Canada." Jamaica is a beautiful country. And the people are wonderful. Everything is lively. You don't need to look far for great food and music. There are shacks all up and down the beaches with local cooking and music. Nothing beats sitting on the beach with local women coming by that you can buy fresh fruit from (some things you'll never find in the States), or fishermen coming up to the shore to sell a very fresh catch.

  10. Thanks for the review. I've been to several, my favorite was France, specifically Paris - loved the culture, museums, gay bars :-), and strolling and sitting at sidewalk cafes. - Purple Reader
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  11. I've visited a few different countries, mostly throughout my growing up years, and I imagine my perceptions because of that are somewhat different then they'd be had they all been experienced through the eyes of an adult. I know that with everywhere I've been I saw that even with all of the many differences, at the heart of it all so much is still the same.

  12. Ive visited several foreign countries. I love sight seeing and trying food.

  13. I've been to Mexico & Saudi Arabia. My impression of Mexico wasn't a great one because both times it was border times. I'd love the chance to see something else in Mexico. And in Saudi, I didn't get to see much but the city where I was stationed, they are horrible drivers there! I was glad someone else had to deal with driving.

  14. I've been to the UK; I loved London's museums and record stores, and wished I'd been able to spend more time in Glasgow for the music!


  15. Other than Canada I have not been outside the United States. I did like Canada and found Canadians very friendly and welcoming.

  16. Yes, I went to Brazil twice when I was a kid. I don't remember much besides the fact that I had fun.

  17. Just Vancouver BC Canada as a teen with my school chorus group. Honestly, it was basically home, lol. Just bigger.

  18. I have been to Canada three times and have loved it! The people are friendly, the sights magnificent and the culture unique. (Vancouver, Montreal and Niagara Falls. ) I'm hoping to go to Calgary and Banff next.