Monday, June 05, 2017

Review with Giveaway: Find His Way Home by Nell Iris

Find His Way HomeTitle ~ Find His Way Home

Author ~ Nell Iris

Publisher ~ JMS Books

Published ~  27th May 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars, and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot's past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?


Freya’s Review

In this novella, we enter the world of a teacher and a lawyer in love; one’s in the closet, the other isn’t, and the complications that causes. The problems are compounded because one loves the city and the other doesn’t. Elliot is an out and proud teacher. Mick is a successful lawyer who works in a homophobic office. At Mick’s Christmas party, in order not to piss off his boss, Mick introduces Elliot as his close friend – not good.

Some lingering thoughts and a couple of ‘nudge out of the door’ events later, Elliot flees the city. He’s questioning his values, what he wants and where he wants to be. To do that, he needs the solace of a log cabin – well away from the rat race of city life.

Told in the third person from Elliot’s POV, the technical elements of this story are good. So, it comes down to the tale itself, writing style and the type of story one likes to read.

Find His Way Home frequently takes small jumps forward in the timeline and then looks back at proceedings on catch up. Some events are experienced, and some are told. For me, the jumps interrupted the flow, which is a shame because all the elements were there for a crackin’ story.  There was some corruption, drama, introspection, and life evaluation with fate lending a hand.

I identified with some of Elliot’s needs for time out, but due to the style of writing, I found it difficult to connect with him. The events that helped Elliot’s decisions and state of mind, jumped from A to B to C, which made a couple of them seem a little manufactured. I believe the story would have benefitted from it being longer, with the author going into more detail with some of the experiences.

However, it was interesting to read the thought process and good to see how events can shape a person’s life. Mick and Elliot are so in love; I was intrigued to see if they would find a way to overcome their differences and find a way to be happy. Other than his initial assholery, Mick is adorable. If you are after a story that is quick to read, has a state of mind insight that has a straight forward, no frills, ‘this is what shaped my life’ scenario – it could be for you.

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Meet Nell Iris

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but let’s face it, she’s not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.



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