Finding Forgiveness

Ari McKay
Finding Forgiveness
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
September 2014
Historical Romance, LGBTQ

Boston in 1888 is quite urbane, but unfortunately for Gil Porter, that isn't the same thing as being understanding. When his sexuality is exposed by the scandalous suicide of his lover, Gil is exiled to the small town of Mercy, Texas, by his domineering father, George, who believes life on Vernon Porter's ranch will cure Gil of his "unnatural" desires. Grieving and ashamed, Gil is determined to keep his distance from everyone until he can return home. To his surprise, he finds acceptance at Bent Oak Ranch, especially from Matt Grayson, the handsome son of the ranch foreman. Knowing he must fight his attraction to Matt, Gil courts a local girl, but an unexpected encounter with Matt leads to his discovery of Matt's feelings for him. Torn between Matt and his desire to be "normal," between returning to his old life and building a new one in Texas, Gil is faced with a choice—appeasing his father or becoming the man Matt knows he can be.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Nov 10, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
Historical and cowboys? That's a big GIMME!

Gil was sent away from his home in Boston by his father. His father learned of his preference for men and decided that sending his son to Texas will 'make a man out of him'. Luckily, Gil's Uncle in Texas has more sense than his father.

One of the ranch hands there was Matt. As they worked together, their bond grew into something more, but Gil had a hard time letting go of his past and taking what's right in front of him.

Oh, Gil was prickly in the beginning. He was not a happy camper and he wasn't afraid to show it. I loved how Matt handled him. He let him know that the way he was acting wasn't going to help anyone. Yup, I liked Matt right away.

There was a lot of character growth, especially in Gil. But it wasn't forced; he used his new experiences on the ranch to change and realize that maybe he could be happy, no matter what his father thought. I did feel like his inner turmoil lasted a little too long. I was tired of his excuses for not being with Matt. I get why he felt that way, but I was done reading about it by the end.

Speaking of the end, the epilogue was to die for. Not only did we get our HEA with the main guys but a couple extra, too. I love side romances in my romance. The more the better!

I really love reading about this era. It's not one I often get to read, so this was a treat. It was well done and I could clearly picture the old western setting.

FINDING FORGIVENESS was about just that--Gill forgiving himself and learning to move on and be happy. It was a very sweet love story, maybe a little too much unnecessary angst, but still totally worth the read.
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