Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Door to the Heart
Author: Thomas Grant Bruso
Length: 63 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Release Date: October 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: As Josh Tully returns home from running errands, he stumbles across a handsome man leaving his apartment complex. Distracted by the charming new stranger, Josh spills his groceries across the front stoop. As the new neighbor helps Josh pick up his belongings, a sudden surge of electricity sparks between the two young men.
When Eddie returns to Josh’s apartment with a fresh gallon of milk, a chance meeting turns into mutual attraction. But a severe case of pneumonia lands Josh in the hospital and Eddie stays at his side, and their budding friendship deepens.
Eddie is not the nesting type, and he does not stay in one place for long. But as days turn to weeks, something in Josh’s laid-back persona draws Eddie to the small Minnesota town of Gordonville and through the door of Josh’s heart.
Will Eddie decide to stay this time … and for how long?
Review: Josh lives in a small town in Minnesota where he works at a Cinema. He meets his new neighbor one day while carrying groceries. When they collide and spill his milk, a new relationship is forged after an offer to help replace the milk is made by Eddie, the new guy.
Eddie is a drifter with a lot of secrets and time on his hands. Josh has never left his hometown. Both men like to play guitar and neither drive.
Some stuff happens and they end up friends? Or more?
I’m not sure.
This story was written in the third person present tense, an unusual style for a novel. (Example: Eddie walks up to Josh and tells him “Hi!” Eddie likes to watch Josh play his guitar. Josh asks Eddie if he wants to watch a movie.) It was amazingly difficult to get through. It read like directions for staging a play or a movie, not a novel.
I struggled to finish this short story because of that writing style. Most novels are not written in the present tense for a reason, and I think this story struggled as a result of this choice.
There were other things I didn’t like about this story. I never understood if the two guys were gay or not! I mean, by the end, they are sort of dating, they’d kissed and held hands, but their entire relationship was strange. Since we are not in anybody’s head, I couldn’t really tell you what they were thinking or why they did what they did. It was very confusing.
I can’t tell you what Eddie does for a living – other than have terrible luck with family members dying left and right. He rides his skateboard and plays video games and… I’m not sure.
Josh likes to play his guitar and works so hard at the Cinema he ends up in the hospital with exhaustion and pneumonia. I don’t know why he doesn’t drive – I might have missed the explanation, but frankly, I wasn’t invested enough in the story to go back to find out.
This story read like two teenagers beginning to date (or even younger), but they were clearly old enough to be living on their own so…
I was confused, I didn’t like the writing style, and I can’t recommend this book. I wish I had nicer things to say about it, because I know it takes a lot of courage to put your writing out in the world, but this book just wasn’t my style.
Overall Impression: It wasn’t for me
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*