Synopsis: Love can appear unexpectedly: a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding, the arrival of a handsome new co-worker… or while being robbed at a convenience store.
For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor—a wild soul and fellow outsider—his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.
Something Like Autumn tells the story of Jace’s life before the events of Something Like Summer, while also revisiting his time with Benjamin Bentley.
Review: (While this book could probably be read as a standalone, it is highly recommended to follow the series in order.)
All the stars.
Every once in a while, you find a book that cuts so deep it shocks you. This was that book for me. It broke me in ways I don’t have words for, and I think it will continue to haunt me for a long time to come. I can’t convey how painful this was to read, yet so full of love at the same time. It has earned a permanent place on my all time favorites list, quite possibly as my favorite in recent memory. Jay Bell is a master storyteller and I will gladly follow him anywhere. His characters in this book were so well drawn that not only will I miss them now that I’ve finished reading, but it’s almost like I’ve lost real people. I know I will visit them again someday. An incredibly touching love story involving the lives of four people and how they intertwine throughout the course of their lives.
If you only read one book this year, let it be this one.