Saving Noah

Title: Saving Noah
Author: Carol Lynne & Cash Cole
Publisher: resplendencepublishing
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella (101 PDF pages)
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Summary Review: One of the strangest stories I can remember reading in a while, which proves that an entire town can keep a secret.

THE BLURB

Dexter Krispin arrived in the small Kansas town of Schicksal with one thing on his mind: finishing his doctoral thesis. He hoped getting away from his hectic life in Pittsburgh would allow him to concentrate on the long overdue paper and to forget about his last lover.

Life-long Schicksal resident, Noah Stoffel, has managed to keep his sexuality a secret. Yet, after one look at the dark-haired newcomer, he knows his life in the sleepy town will never be the same.

But more than Noah’s desire for privacy stands between him and Dexter. For years, the residents of Schicksal have been hiding a horrific secret, one that takes Dexter mere days to uncover and expose…a secret that could destroy-or heal-them all.

THE REVIEW:

Noah was a virgin, mainly because there was no other young gay men in the Town of Schicksal which boasted a population of 231 residents. He was a farmer but barely eking out a living since his father passed away 6 years ago because everything seemed to go wrong, either poor crops or a tractor that wouldn’t work, or something else. Added to everything he had to worry about, he looked after his mother who had been very sick for four years and didn’t care what was going on on the farm. She hardly lifted a finger to help, even with feeding the chickens, so all the work was left to Noah.

Enter Dexter, the city slicker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was visiting his aunt Cora, the Town’s Mayor. Cora had invited him up to help with an investigation, and as Dexter was not working while he completed his doctoral  thesis he had the time to devote to the investigation. Dex appeared to be interested in Noah which he couldn’t understand since the man was good looking,  sophisticated, well off, and dressed in the height of fashion compared to Noah in his threadbare clothes. Noah was attracted to the newcomer which wasn’t surprising since there weren’t any young, unattached, men in Schicksal and strangely Dexter seemed to like him as well, but what would a city man find attractive in a country bumpkin who had no prospects of a better life? As they got to know each other better Dexter formed the opinion that Noah was terrified of his mother but he couldn’t figure out why, and as their friendship progressed Dexter realized that Noah was extraordinarly fearful of death and cemetaries and wouldn’t walk through a cemetary even in the daytime.

Although Dexter was still recovering from his last one night stand that ended up with the young man becoming a stalker, which freaked him out, he pursued Noah and suggested that they spend an evening in Dodge, the closest town, since Noah had a few errands to run anyway. Noah was very concerned about leaving his mother on her own since he had only ever been away from home for a few months when he was in college 4 years ago but had to return to run the farm; he put his life on hold to take care of his mother.  He had not come out to his mother because he knew that she would never understand his sexual orientation due to her strict code of behaviour and religious fanaticism, but Dexter used his charm and the fact that Noah really wanted to be with him to persuade him that his mother would be OK on her own for just one night.

That night was everything that Noah had dreamed of for his first time with a man and both he and Dexter realized that they were falling in love. The only dark spot was the headaches that seemed to be a constant in Noah’s life.

Unfortunately reality smacked them in the face when they returned. Noah couldn’t wake up his mother and thought that by going away for the night he had killed her. Panic stricken, he called Dexter and asked him to get help but Dex was met with a strange silence when he requested that the doctor provide emergency assistance, and no one else came forward to help Noah. What was wrong with the residents of the town who seemed to care about Noah?

This is one of the strangest books that I have read in a while and I had to re-read it to get the full extent of the story. An entire town kept a secret that they didn’t share with Dexter until it was almost too late. Even those he trusted such as Ruby, owner of Ruby’s Diner who loved Noah, had been keeping the secret along with everyone else. The characterizations were good especially the two protagonists and a few of the minor characters such as Ruby and Cora, even Mr. Halleran at the salvage yard and his fierce Rottweiler, but I had a difficult time with the plot. I understood it but I just didn’t ‘get’ it that an entire town of people would do what they did even though they were well intentioned. While everyone wanted to help Noah they didn’t seem to know what to do and chose the line of least resistance which ended up harming him instead. I also didn’t understand what happened to the original mystery that brought Dexter to the town at his aunt Cora’s request – that seemed to have disappeared.

If you’re looking for a book set in a very small town but with residents that are atypical, you might find Saving Noah of interest.

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10 comments

    • Jen
      It’s something you would never guess and I’m not telling – not if you promised me chocolate. 🙂

      Sometimes I wonder where authors dream up their plots — maybe drinking was involved in this one. LOL Four years is a long time for a whole town to keep a secret.

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  • It was a sweet read, but it had a big WTF moment? I was explecting vampires or weres to come out of the woodwork… but not this. In a way it was a good twist, even though it did not really click for me!

    Great review of the book!

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  • Hey Wave, I too had a WTF moment at the end. I thought to myself “Did I miss a chapter…a paragraph… something?” I love Carol Lynne books but this one was just plain out there!!

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    • Hi Sue
      As I mentioned to Tam – this was like the Twilight Zone. 🙁 Also I couldn’t figure out what was the original mystery that Dexter’s aunt Cora brought him to town to solve – that disappeared off the map. 🙂

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  • Doesn’t really appeal and I’ll take Buda’s string of profanity as a sign. I hate when the boundaries of common sense are stretched.

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  • I read this one months ago and remember thinking, “What?! Are you—? What?!” A long string of profanity may or may not have followed that disjointed thought. I’m still not sure what I think of the plot twist, but I didn’t see it coming.

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    • Hi Buda

      LOL. I thought I had misread the last few chapters and had to re-read them – I thought WTF?

      Maybe you and I are the ones who need our heads examined because I could not get this story.

      Reply

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