Book Review: By That Sin Fell the Angels by Jamie Fessenden

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: By That Sin Fell the Angels
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Heroes: Terry Bachelder/Jonah Riverside
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 29, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It begins with a 3:00 a.m. telephone call. On one end is Terry Bachelder, a closeted teacher. On the other, the suicidal teenage son of the local preacher. When Terry fails to prevent disaster, grief rips the small town of Crystal Falls apart.

At the epicenter of the tragedy, seventeen-year-old Jonah Riverside tries to make sense of it all. Finding Daniel’s body leaves him struggling to balance his sexual identity with his faith, while his church, led by the Reverend Isaac Thompson, mounts a crusade to destroy Terry, whom Isaac believes corrupted his son and caused the boy to take his own life.

Having quietly crushed on his teacher for years, Jonah is determined to clear Terry’s name. That quest leads him to Eric Jacobs, Daniel’s true secret lover, and to get involved in Eric’s plan to shake up their small-minded town. Meanwhile, Rev. Thompson struggles to make peace between his religious convictions and the revelation of his son’s homosexuality. If he can’t, he leaves the door open for the devil—and for a second tragedy to follow.



This was such a difficult story to read, and I imagine it was just as difficult for the author to write, for no other reason than the sad truth that many LGBT youth and adults are still placed in such impossible to win situations. This didn’t read as fiction or a wild imagination, but more like the horrific reality of many of our gay friends and family when faced with extreme religious fanatics. To have one’s entire existence bashed, and their eternal soul condemned to hell on a daily basis, leaves very little room for growth, happiness, and in some cases, even a future.

This is not a romance, but it is a love story…of sorts. There aren’t two main characters, but a plethora of victims..and a few victors, as well. It was a hard won battle and definitely a worthy read, but if facing the reality of the condemnation on our gay brethren by religious nut cases hurts your feelings, then I suggest you move on along. However, if you are willing to step out, for just a short time, into the shoes of Daniel, Eric, Jonah, Terry, and Jack, then I think you will walk away with a better appreciation of how humanity and love, is not always humane and is, for some, conditional.

Don’t let my review scare you off. Yes, the subject matter is difficult and some of it was tragic, but the ending gives you hope. And really, that’s enough for me.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*


Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2012, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: By That Sin Fell the Angels by Jamie Fessenden

  1. Thanks for the review! 🙂

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