Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Faller
Author: Daniel de Lorne
Series: 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes
Heroes: Charlie & Jack
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 46 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn’t easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.
While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.
I am quite intrigued with the book summary of The Faller from new-to-me author, Daniel de Lorne because it says to be located in Southwestern Australia. I was a little bit surprised when I started reading that it was set in a historical era – 1912 to be exact – but I guess it added the element of difference from my usual reading of this genre.
I liked de Lorne’s writing – when Charlie finally has the time to be together with Jack, just the two of them, it provides some lovely and sweet moments. BUT, because of the era, there’s also a sense of impending danger that will happen if the other timber fallers know about their sexuality.
So, after the trouble that these two men are having near the end, I was expecting more of a “HAPPY EVER AFTER” rather than “happy for now”. It’s a HOLIDAY story, for God’s sake. At least gives me a cheerful closure so I finish the book with a smile rather than anxiety!
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*