The Road Home

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Title: The Road Home
Author: Michael Thomas Ford
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Release Date:January 1st 2011
Genre(s): Contemporary MM Romance
Page Count: 257
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Bestselling author Michael Thomas Ford demonstrates once again why he is the master of portraying the contemporary gay experience, in this moving, beautifully told story of love, family, and finding one’s place in the world.

When a car accident leaves photographer Burke Crenshaw in need of temporary full-time care, he finds himself back in the one place no forty-year-old chooses to be–his childhood bedroom. There, in the Vermont home where he grew up, Burke begins the long process of recuperation, and watches as his widowed father finds happiness in a new relationship that’s a constant reminder of everything Burke wants and lacks.

Meeting Will Janks is an unexpected complication. Will is the twenty-year-old son of Burke’s high school best friend, Mars. After what transpired between them one summer long ago, Burke had hoped he and Mars might become more than friends, but Mars has always pretended that night never happened. Will, in contrast, makes no secret of his interest in Burke, who can’t resist his attraction to the handsome young man.

The burgeoning relationship draws Burke out of himself and into the community he left behind. Exploring local history, he discovers an intriguing series of letters from a Civil War soldier to his fiancé. With the help of librarian Sam Guffrey, he begins to research a 125-year-old mystery that seems to be reaching into the present day. The more Burke delves into the past, the more he’s forced to confront the person he has become: the choices he made and those he avoided, his ideas of what it takes to be a successful gay man, his feelings about his mother’s death, and the suppressed tension that simmers between himself and his father.

Compelling, frankly funny, and often wise, The Road Home is the story of one man’s coming to terms with who he is, what he wants out of life, and where he belongs–and the complex, surprising path that finally takes him there.

The Road Home is exactly HOW I prefer my romance books to be: The plot is much more than just a description of the love-hate relationship between the MCs with a healthy dose of sex scenes.

Burke Crenshaw lives in Boston and works as a freelance photographer. He is single because he doesn’t do relationships well, he’s allergic to a country life and the worst possible scenario for him would be spending more than 24 hours under one roof with his father. They have never been too close with each other, and since the death of Burke’s mother their relationship has become even more complicated. But, unfortunately, as sometimes happens in life, a car accident leaves the worst case happen: Burke HAS to spend 6 weeks at the house of his father, “far away from the civilization”, in a small town in Vermont, because of the injuries-one broken leg and one broken arm – he is completely dependent on external help. And his father’s house was the last choice but the only one possible he is left with.

And how it happens in our romance books…*sigh*…the worst case turns into the best what could happen to our city dweller. The Road Home is a wonderful novel of COMING HOME, not only in physical meaning. To find yourself, to understand what things are the most important and significant in your life, to find inner peace, new friends and maybe…a new love.

And maybe…to start to live.

I also enjoyed the mystery part in this book: the mystique of an old farmhouse and the secret behind the old photographs that Burke coincidentally came across during his time in Vermont. His research is a thrilling parallel story in the story- though I don’t want to say too much! Just read it!

Highly recommended!

My first of Michael Thomas Ford, but for sure not the last.

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