Reviewed by Morgan
Title: In Another Life
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Heroes: Shiloh Raben and Travis Kahn
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 84 Pages / Audio – 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Dates: Book – December 1, 2013 / Audio – November 3, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: At age 18, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side.
Travis is handsome, smart, and funny – the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn’t the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis’s side, will Shiloh find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for?
Review – Book: (sort of contains spoilers)
This is a short story about a boy who tries to commit suicide and is “shown” that his life could have an alternate ending if he chooses it. A take on a familiar Christmas classic, but a gay, Jewish, more morbid variation.
In one path, he survives, and later in life (36), he meets Travis at a school event. Travis and Shiloh fall in love but then Travis gets diagnosed with terminal lung cancer only two weeks into their relationship.
On another path, Shiloh is 18 again, recovering in the hospital from his wounds, and Travis is an EMT/Doctor in Training who rescued Shiloh. In this version, Shiloh has the memories from when he “met” Travis at 36, and he convinces Travis that the two are soul mates who already “know” each other.
This is an unusual story and though it’s short, tells a lot. There are a lot of plot inconsistencies without explanations, but overall, it’s a very sweet holiday story that, like all of Cardeno’s works, is delightfully ooey, gooey, sweet and tender.
Review – Audiobook: Jeff Gelder does a nice job with this. He makes Travis’s smoker’s voice distinct from his younger voice. And he pronounces all those tough Jewish words really well! Just like the story, his voice is soothing and easy to listen to.
I recommend both the book and audiobook for lovers of holiday stories and lovers of destined soul mates and second chances.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*