By Nell Iris
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars, and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.
When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.
Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.
Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?
Find His Way Home was a pleasant read, a story that reminds you that your right person is always the right one, and that miles and dislikes are always negotiable and worth reconsidering. In the case of this story’s love interests Mick and Elliott, Elliott realizes that peace and solitude away from the busyness and noise of the big city comes with the price tag of loneliness, and Mick realizes that betraying who he really is for the sake of a successful career isn’t really worth all that much if he has to live a lie and lose the one he loves.
The chronology of the book, with each chapter set to represent a month, offered a different storytelling perspective that served to propel the novella along. The buildup segued according to a realistic timeline highlighting the natural progression in anxiety, loneliness, and physical ramifications the two main characters faced after being apart from one another.
Elliott’s reflection on when and how he and Mick met was timed with Valentine’s Day and dropped calls from being out away from civilization, but effectively helped illustrate the instantly genuine affection and attraction between these two and how it contributed to the foundation of their relationship. The pet name “Dimple Boy” always brought a smile to my face.
The author never makes sex front and center, and it’s conceivable to the reader that first and foremost, Mick and Elliott genuinely like one another and sex is not the cake but the frosting in their relationship. Typically I’m all about the hot and heavy, but it was the scenes emphasizing cuddling, tears, and heartfelt admissions that really conveyed the intimacy and validity of their love.
I admit that when the story started and Elliott was blatantly confronted with his lover’s insecurity to shy away from his boss’s attempt to hook him up with a woman at the Christmas party, I wasn’t sure which direction the story was heading or if Mick and Elliott would remain a couple. I’m glad I stayed true to the course. The author seamlessly weaves in some solid secondary characters and subplots to enrich the story, and the HEA/HFN is magical and ties off all the storylines in a romantic and rewarding manner.
Find His Way Home is a sentimental, fulfilling romance, with minimal angst, and it emphasizes the importance of balancing want and need when it comes to love.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Find His Way Home.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 6, 2017.