Series: Avondale 07
Length: Novel (342pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (4th November 2011)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts
Blurb: Tom Foster has his life planned out, and he’s systematically pursuing his goals. At twenty-two, he’s been organist and choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for three years, he’s working on his doctoral thesis, and he’s beginning a secondary career performing in concert. There is no room in his schedule for romance… until Noah Webster, a gorgeous green-eyed blond, walks into the church one evening to audition for the choir.
What starts as an arrangement of convenience—Tom’s usual page turner is unavailable, and Noah agrees to do the job—soon turns into a fast friendship. Then Noah, who is saddled with an obnoxious roommate, rents the spare bedroom in Tom’s house, and ultimately the two men become lovers and partners in life. But before they can ride off into the sunset together, they must face one major obstacle: Noah’s violent, homophobic Southern Baptist father.
Review: Tom and Noah have been mentioned in many of Etienne’s books and not just in this series either, so I was happy to learn that we would finally get their story and Etienne doesn’t let us down.
Noah goes to the Good Shepherd to audition for the choir and ends up being Tom’s page turner and roommate; it’s not long before they fall in love. This story is about their meeting, their love, their life and also the problems they face. I must admit that for being only 22 and 19 years old at the beginning of this story they have old heads on their shoulders.
This is a nice gentle story that we have come to expect from Etienne. Tom has his life all planned out when he meets Noah. At first, he doesn’t think he has room in his life for anything serious, but soon changes his mind when he rapidly falls in love. Noah still isn’t sure of his sexuality until he meets Tom, everything seems to go fine until he admits to his family that he is gay and his father can’t cope.
In this we see Etienne’s knowledge of The Episcopal Church, the differences within the churches, choirs and organs. The details throughout the book are incredible and there are many places throughout the book that you could imagine going to visit. I must admit I haven’t a clue about religion and a lot of practices in churches or the music or anything else to do with religion really, but I must admit Etienne makes me want to learn more.
Of the overall book, I recommend this to those who want gentle love, a slight danger and a happy ever after.