Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Bells of Times Square
Author: Amy Lane
Heroes: Nate Meyer
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.
When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.
Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.
Review: How depressing! I was so distraught by the end of this book I immediately started another one so that I could get some joy back into my world. I completely understand that the times were way different back in the 1940s but jeez this one was very hard to read.
This story was written almost as if the author had lived it. It was very rich, raw, and emotional. My heart was nearly cracked by the life that Walter and Nate lived, but it was almost destroyed because of what it wasn’t. A part of me kept hoping that the story was written from a dream and at the end one of the guys woke up, but that wasn’t to be. I can’t imagine how Nate lived as long as he did with that hurt inside of his heart, how he found the strength to move on when everything he wanted was out of reach.
Walter just started to live when he is thrust into a war no child should be forced to bear. He is full of self doubt and saw no future for him, and especially not one for him and Nate. Knowing that you were destined to live a lie, or worse, is heartbreaking. Knowing that Nate and Walter were just two of many gay men who denied or hid to survive is completely devastating. Real life sucks sometimes.
The ending brought about some salvation for my pain, but it was too little, too late. I hope it’s true. I hope that Walter and Nate are together and dancing and looking dashing in their spiffy suits listening to the Bells of Times Square. But their lives, in my opinion, were so tragic that the happy reunion was dulled by the force of my pain.
So people, if you love angst and a non-traditional happy ending, then you might just want to grab this book. But prepare yourself, it’s a tough ride to Times Square.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*