As children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart - but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wantinAs children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart - but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wanting to solve a family mystery, Sion returns to his childhood home to start again. When Helen announces she wants a divorce, Phil also returns home, to a new teaching job, and to renovate the ruin of a house he and Sion once dreamed of living in.Neither man knows the other is back. Neither man knows how the other feels. With so much unsaid, and so many years apart, can Sion and Phil finally face the truth and take a chance on finding happiness together?...
|Title||:||While You See a Chance|
|Number of Pages||:||212 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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While You See a Chance Reviews
Actual rating is 2.8Perhaps it's just me, but I've always gotten the impression that Manifold Press tends to publish stories that detour from the same old, same old.ANYHOO, I read this one for a challenge. The premise sounded intriguing enough...What I liked+ Older queer peeps representing!I was deffo looking forward to reading about Sion and Phil, two men who were in their late 50s/early 60s. The author didn't shy away from the realities of growing older: the struggle between wanting to do certain things and being unable to because of aches and pains; the kind of second adolescence that people who come out later in life feel; the clash between what "society" expects vs. what a newly out person wants to do, etc.+ Female characters who weren't wallpaper!Annie, Eve, and (especially) Helen interacted with the MCs in ways that moved the story forward. They had their own motivations and hopes. Again, the one character I was really O__O by was Helen. (But I can't say much in order to avoid spoilers.)+ A neat secondary plot.At times, this secondary plot way way more fascinating that Sion and Phil's relationship. *zips up mouth cuz it's a good surprise!B plot.)What I didn't like- Sion and PhilTheirs was an almost conflict-free relationship. Yes, Phil did spend some time acknowledging his sexual orientation. However, everything happened a little too easy, imo. Everything from potential family conflict to coming out of the closet was kinda handwaved? - The endingIt went into a such an OTT happy ride that I kinda cringed as I finished the book. In a way, I'm not sure if it suited Phil and Sion. After all, just like I've mentioned before, the actual story was fairly easy-going. - The next to last chapterThe only real quarrel was about a side character's possibly bigoted reaction. Which, was OK with me.My issue with this chapter has to do with structure. The very first thing we read is the resolution. Then, the chapter flashes back to an argument and it's followed by the beginning of a reconciliation. I have no idea as to why the author thought that kind of wonky breakdown was OK. Especially since the rest of the novel is in linear form. *Hands*TL;DR: A middle of the road story about two former best friends reconnecting and yielding to their mutual attraction many, many years later. I don't regret reading this novel, but wouldn't suggest to snag yourself a copy.
I have to own up to having read this book, or versions of it, several times before as I act as a beta reader for Alexa from time to time! However, I hadn't read the completed version before and I have to commend the author on her achievement. This was an interesting and original story and refreshing to read about love between older men. Life doesn't end at 40! It was well-paced and maintained interest throughout. As a keen family historian myself, I enjoyed the story of Sion's ancestry - perhaps a historical romance could come from this idea and their story could be explored more fully. Definitely one for Alexa's readers and perhaps a good starting point for fans of M/M romance who haven't already discovered her.
A plus for the fact that this book has to older MCs. I really liked the story of these men getting a second chance. Enjoyable secondary characters but for some reason the writing didn't flow for me.