Title: The Faller (
Author: Daniel de Lorne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2018
Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 46 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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.
The Faller takes place at the end of 1912 in Western Australia. Charlie Young, who was thrown out of his home when discovered with another man, has come to the jarrah forest in southwestern Australia to try his hand at being a sleeper cutter. He lives in a camp with four other men, one of whom is Jack Tapper, a giant who doesn’t say much but has a heart of gold and a connection with Charlie.
The Faller is from Charlie’s single POV, and has some really lovely moments, but ends with such uncertainty (did they make it out? did they have a happy life together? An epilogue would have gone a long way) that it almost ruined the whole story for me. Because of the ending, the story felt unfinished, mostly because I expect a happy ending when reading a holiday romance.
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