HEY THERE FRIENDS, I HAVE ANOTHER GREAT ONE FOR YOU TODAY, DISAPPEAR WITH ME BY DEAN PACE-FRECH IS A ONE OF A KIND READ! IF YOU LOVE HISTORICALS, AND A GREAT LOVE STORY, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU: I HAVE MY REVIEW, LINKS, AN EXCERPT AND AUTHOR BLOG POST, EVEN A BIO AND GIVEAWAY SO ENJOY FRIENDS!
AHH THIS FITS THIS STORY PERFECTLY! HERE IS MY REVIEW:
Disappear With Me by: Dean Pace-Frech
reviewed by: Becky
Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?
In 1910, the United Kingdom was in turmoil. King Edward died after only nine years on the throne. The social class system that upheld British society for centuries was being chipped away by social, political, and economic unrest across the Commonwealth. Amidst this backdrop, Reverend Leander Norris is accused of sodomy. After discovering his own self-worth and unconditional love, Leander finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right and pleads not guilty to the charges. Throughout the trial, Leander’s past is revealed, including the temptations that bring the accusations against him. By the end of the trail, Leander is once again reunited with a romantic interest from the past, but it may be too late to rekindle any love that might remain, given the circumstances of the era and Leander’s likely sentence.
Alright, where do I start! This book is just lovely, you are drawn into the story and you will be captivated until the very last sentence! I love this author's writing style, and the two books I have read of his I have loved.
In a time and place where it was a sin and a crime to be with a man Leander is accused of having an affair with a man, the fact that Leander is a Reverend makes it even more scandalous!
Leander has lived his life how he thought best, and raised his ward Peter like a son, and trying to raise him the right way. He pleads not guilty to the charges, standing up for himself in a way that takes immense courage.
Are his accusers making it up? Why? What will happen when an important piece of Leander's past shows up? Will Leander give love another chance in the face of maybe going to prison?
Oh man is this a great book, and all of your questions will be answered and then some, have no fear! You will love this one as much as I do friends, so don't miss it. Thanks Dean, for once again taking away our comfort zone and just making us feel!
the 5 Fishers of Men rating :)
I DID THIS RATING IN HONOR OF ONE OF LEANDER'S FAVORITE VERSES, HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THIS ONE:
NOW HOW ABOUT AN EXCERPT?
“Are you not a scholar?” Weeks asked. “Do you not know the Bible that you preach from each Sunday?”
“I know it very well,” Leander answered. “But the Bible has many interpretations. I think you can guess that mine might be a little less than conventional.”
Weeks reclined back in his chair. He made a steeple with his fingers and rested them on his pursed lips. “You're actually sitting here telling me that, as a man of God, you're all right with buggery and feel you've done nothing wrong?”
“Mr. Weeks, do you realize you keep asking me the same question over again, using different words?”
“As your counsel, I need to be sure that I understand your position, the one you expect me to defend.”
“You sound shocked that I would suggest such a thing. I can't have you defending me if you don't believe it yourself.”
“Reverend, my beliefs about the situation are irrelevant; it doesn't matter what I believe. I need to be able to defend our position in court and hope our defense can refute what the prosecution will present.”
“I have to have conviction in my sermons each Sunday morning. I think you also know you need to have conviction when defending your clients.”
“And I can assure you that I have that same conviction to make sure that you receive a fair trial. I will do my best—”
“Do your best to what? Go through the motions and make sure that the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed so it looks like I've been given a good defense?”
Weeks didn't answer and that was all the answer that Leander needed. After a moment, Weeks tried to start again. “Look, Reverend, I am your assigned counsel for this trial. I am on your side. I want to see you get a fair trial, but you must understand what we're up against is quite overwhelming.”
“I know; I've never done anything the simple way.”
“Sir, you must understand that we are going up against laws that are rooted in two thousand years of Christian tradition and about as many years of British attitude.”
“Mr. Weeks, do you love your wife?”
Weeks let out an impatient sigh. “Of course, but here you go asking intimate questions about me that have no bearing on my defending your case.”
“Humor me, sir. Do you love your wife?”
“Yes, I very much love my wife and family.”
“What if you woke up tomorrow and a constable showed up on your doorstep and arrested you because they said the love you share with your wife was illegal?”
Weeks didn't answer him. Instead, in a quiet voice, he said, “You know you and I are just two people. We're not going to change these laws overnight.”
MAN THIS IS A GREAT BOOK, AND I AM SOOOO HOPING FOR A SEQUEL (A GIRL CAN WISH ;P) HERE IS A SHORT POST FROM DEAN FOR YOU, I LOVE IT AND I KNOW YOU WILL TOO:
HERE IS A BIO ON DEAN AND HIS SOCIAL LINKS:
“They say that time heals old wounds. They said that after the scandal with Tommy that I'd grow up and out of these feelings. But I confess, I never did. I thought maybe I had repressed these feelings I had for other men--and then you came along.” Emil Strong to Leander Norris, Disappear With Me
Thank you for having me on the blog again today! While reviewing some of my favorite quotes from Disappear With Me, I ran across this gem. “They say that time heals old wounds.” The passage of time is a recurrent theme in the novel. First of all, the duration of the novel takes us from Leander’s earliest memories when he is about six years old to his present age of forty-one.
When the ideas for Disappear With Me popped into my head, I saw the present day and the past weaving itself together. Many times, the present day situation brings about a similar memory in Leander’s past. Sometimes, the past and present diverge. For example, while the prosecution builds its case against Leander, he remembers some the happiest times in his life, the time he spent with Emil Strong.
Then there is Leander’s relationship with Raphael Melvin. It starts when they are fourteen and continues until they finish college. After a long absence they are reunited in 1904. Then, Raphael once again shows up at Leander’s trial. You’ll have to read the book to find out if Raphael shows up in time to help Leander.
HERE IS A BIO ON DEAN AND HIS SOCIAL LINKS:
With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and originally published 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year. Both novels were re-released in May 2015.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and our two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean’s hobbies include reading and patio gardening.
Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.
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