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This book REALLY deservesattention Two men surviving war and family, healing each other in turn It has a sense of time, struggles and strength with characters you can believe in No one is perfect, the ending feels a well earned happy rather than idealised fantasy, not to spoil but I really liked how things worked out or them.Continue to love this book and hope fromby this author as of Jan a return to writing is promised D D Surprised this book is notpopular Still l This book REALLY deservesattention Two men surviving war and family, healing each other in turn It has a sense of time, struggles and strength with characters you can believe in No one is perfect, the ending feels a well earned happy rather than idealised fantasy, not to spoil but I really liked how things worked out or them.Continue to love this book and hope fromby this author as of Jan a return to writing is promised D D Surprised this book is notpopular Still love it on re read Wish the author would publishThe beginning felt sparsely written, no flowery words or angst It gave a gritty feel for a story of ex soldiers in difficult times, the main character unapologetically male From there we re taken to the country a la The Secret Garden Beauty and the Beast and countless gothic romances yet this never felt like a gender switch, it progressed naturally while keeping the characters real Healing took effort and time Caring came with attitude rather than sentimentality.Slow moving in many ways I m not sure this can be classed as romance, it s not until past halfway attraction comes into play It s a story of healing of getting to know each other When they act on their desires it feels deeper, skipping candlelight to go straight to the heart A story or survival and love.As the story heats up emotions getting messy and alive the prose does fill out , leaning a little towards purple compared to what has come before The pacing also picks up This worked for me because both were keeping time avoiding life but they bring each other alive and back into the rush.There s some great side characters I loved Millie and the talk they have, young Sarah is endearing never precocious They all appear enough to leave their mark, add colour but never take over the focus Though there s certainly moments that bring a reaction The story could have finished nicely after the fourteenth chapter it felt rounded off there and it would be a good moment to leave them At the same time I liked learning where they went next because I know it couldn t be easy and there were still things to be faced The extra chapters showed not everything is smooth but that the strength and love are there for things to be good, it s what makes me champion them as a couple There s both a lot of work and great things to come I d actually really like a glimpse from a year or so ahead This author needs to write [[ Kindle ]] ⇸ Bonds of Earth ☚ In , Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure Once a promising young medical student, Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values, he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own While Michael nurses the estate s neglected gardens, his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forgetJohn Seward s body was broken by the war, along with his will to recover until a family crisis convinces him to pursue treatment As John s health and outlook improve under Michael s care, animosity yields to understanding He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger, but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other Autism and the God Connection: Redefining the Autistic Experience Through Extraordinary Accounts of Spiritual Giftedness Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure Once a promising young medical student La Mina Lisa Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values Stepbrother Bastard (Hawthorne Brothers he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud - and Those Who are Too Fearful to Do So but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own While Michael nurses the estate s neglected gardens Ravishing Ruby his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forgetJohn Seward s body was broken by the war Wipe Away the Tears along with his will to recover until a family crisis convinces him to pursue treatment As John s health and outlook improve under Michael s care Fire With Fire animosity yields to understanding He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger One Thousand and One Arabian Nights but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other This is excellent, the strongest M M historical I ve read The book is full of details that just feel authentic, all incorporated naturally without that aroma of the research note that too often distracts me in historical novels I truly believed the book s portrait of what it would be like to be gay in this period, and also, evenmiraculously, what it would be like to be a post WWI vet So many books these days play the PTSD card it has become a genre clich , but I felt Chevalier knew what This is excellent, the strongest M M historical I ve read The book is full of details that just feel authentic, all incorporated naturally without that aroma of the research note that too often distracts me in historical novels I truly believed the book s portrait of what it would be like to be gay in this period, and also, evenmiraculously, what it would be like to be a post WWI vet So many books these days play the PTSD card it has become a genre clich , but I felt Chevalier knew what she was talking about It helps that she doesn t overplay it she clearly respects and empathizes with what veterans must have suffered, but she is careful not to exploit that suffering to win pity or merit points for her characters The war is a fact of life, just like Michael s Catholicism or lower eastside upbringing or John s distant relationship with his father Both heroes have suffered actual damage from the war not the glamorous kind that turns novel characters into saints, but the real kind that rips apart families and leads to ugly, self destructive behavior Perhaps the biggest miracle of all is that Chevalier actually gets New York City right I am a life long New Yorker, so lame, clich d pictures of my hometown are a major pet peeve of mine She never forgets what should be every novelist s cardinal rule there is no such thing as New York City there are only specific neighborhoods I was fascinated by the picture of the early 20th century Greenwich Village bath house scene, so much that I really hope the author revisits the period and locale to give usof these wonderful stories Bottom line best M M historical I ve read Highest Recommendation 4,5 starsStunning debut novel from a new author.In an accurate historical setting this was a tale of two physically and emotionally damaged men finding love and comfort in a less than welcoming environment.It was an outstanding and stunningly well written story that feltlike gay fiction with romantic elements than a simple romance.Sad to say the epilogue put this novel down a notch.The sex scene at the end didn t fit this saga like story as if the author was out of ideas at that point 4,5 starsStunning debut novel from a new author.In an accurate historical setting this was a tale of two physically and emotionally damaged men finding love and comfort in a less than welcoming environment.It was an outstanding and stunningly well written story that feltlike gay fiction with romantic elements than a simple romance.Sad to say the epilogue put this novel down a notch.The sex scene at the end didn t fit this saga like story as if the author was out of ideas at that point and didn t know how to let it endAnyway,that was just a very small part of a great story highly recommended Lovely also uneven.First third or so was engaging, if a little purple, with many beautiful touches.But in the remainder, minor annoyances became evenirritating with repetition.On the whole, a fairly decent period romance that never quite overcame its shortcomings. I have never been into historical period piece much give me stories with computer and cellular phone anytime Plus this is by a new author I m a bit weary of trying a new one since few of them don t have a nice record in my book However, a couple of positive reviews make me curious, especially from one who also has hesitation to read period piece Turns out I m GLAD that I give it a try.First thing first the cover by Justin James, is simply stunning I LOVE the elegance of black I have never been into historical period piece much give me stories with computer and cellular phone anytime Plus this is by a new author I m a bit weary of trying a new one since few of them don t have a nice record in my book However, a couple of positive reviews make me curious, especially from one who also has hesitation to read period piece Turns out I m GLAD that I give it a try.First thing first the cover by Justin James, is simply stunning I LOVE the elegance of black and white and it doesn t feature any men at all I love the men, but a change is nice once in awhile , it looks like a cover for mainstream novel It s simply a beauty.Now, the story itself I admit, I have a bit of struggle in the beginning Getting into the story and to understand Michael as a character, including what is currently going on his life and why he is shipped into working as a gardener at a country estate However, the story picks up its pace really nicely afterward Not saying that it has a fast pace, but it feelscomfortable to read I enjoy the early day to day description, as Michael works his way as gardener, making friends with the granddaughter of the caretakers, and wondering about the reclusive employer At one point, it feels slightly like Beauty and the Beast , because John Seward, the employer, prefer to hide from the rest of the people in the house Their relationship is written with the right pace as Michael who has a gift as massage therapist works to help John gets back to his feet, and also helping him from his survivor s guilt Both men are damaged from the war, and it is beautiful to read how they pretty much find each other and heal I m in love with both the writing and character development.Until those last two chapters I totally agree with everybody that those two chapters are letting the story down It doesn t fit with the whole arc, it drags a wonderful story slightly too long Those last two chapters will be better if released as a separate novella short story Since it is about their life 5 years in the future, the tone is different, and personally Michael s sudden lack of convidence about his worth becomes distracting I don t know if the inclusion is needed to make the story categorized as a novel but I think the editor should do a better job and well, EDIT Or make suggestion Because, I think the novel will be perfect if it stops at Chapter 14 and will definitely give a lasting impression 4.25 starsSet immediately after World War I, Bonds of Earth tells the story of Michael McCready, a rentboy turned gardener, and John Seward, a badly wounded veteran The two initially can t stand each other Michael, who volunteered with the Red Cross during the war and helped rehabilitate wounded soldiers, hates being reminded of the war and its horrors John insists on living as an infirm recluse, and treats everyone in his house poorly But once Michael forces John into physiotherapy, the t 4.25 starsSet immediately after World War I, Bonds of Earth tells the story of Michael McCready, a rentboy turned gardener, and John Seward, a badly wounded veteran The two initially can t stand each other Michael, who volunteered with the Red Cross during the war and helped rehabilitate wounded soldiers, hates being reminded of the war and its horrors John insists on living as an infirm recluse, and treats everyone in his house poorly But once Michael forces John into physiotherapy, the two develop an uneasy truce Slowly, they begin to heal.This book is first and foremost a story about healing Both Michael and John are broken, mentally as much as physically Before they could give or receive love, the two had to learn how to handle what they saw and experienced in Europe I thought the depiction of physical therapy and psychiatry, which were still developing during the interwar period, was pretty interesting.The healing process is slow, and takes up the majority of the book, and there s no romance until the second half Surprisingly, I didn t mind that at all, and it actually made sense for the relationship to take a back seat for a while.Once Michael and John begin falling for each other, the romance was both sweet and heartbreaking Beyond the damage they suffered during the war, Michael and John s childhoods weren t the best The two find it difficult to let themselves be happy.I loved seeing the two overcome their feelings of guilt, and accept that they did in fact deserve to be happy Once Michael and John can see past their hang ups, they dive right in The happy ever after didn t come easy, but Michael and John kept at it until it worked.Overall, I highly enjoyed Bonds of Earth It s an excellently written, and quite realistic, hurt comfort romance Recommended The first 60% or so was good, but then from there things just got boring and predictable.I really enjoyed the writing and G.N Chevalier s ability to weave words as if it were magic Overall story was alright, I DNF ed around 70% as I got bored and the story became predictable Altogether, it was an okay book with mediocre characters Nothing to write home about.Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG account where I post random stu The first 60% or so was good, but then from there things just got boring and predictable.I really enjoyed the writing and G.N Chevalier s ability to weave words as if it were magic Overall story was alright, I DNF ed around 70% as I got bored and the story became predictable Altogether, it was an okay book with mediocre characters Nothing to write home about.Blog Me, in all of my writing gloryYoutube And sometimes I talk about random shits here IG and IG account where I post random stuff I loved this book No, I adored this book I don t think of myself as a lover of historicals, at least not in the m m genre I love them elsewhere, but it s been extremely rare for me to fall for one with two male romantic leads But this smashed every idea I might have had about my previous tries and made me cry and laugh and swoon like a ridiculous person Michael McCready returned from the war and is working in bath houses in New York With a year of medical school under his belt, he has give I loved this book No, I adored this book I don t think of myself as a lover of historicals, at least not in the m m genre I love them elsewhere, but it s been extremely rare for me to fall for one with two male romantic leads But this smashed every idea I might have had about my previous tries and made me cry and laugh and swoon like a ridiculous person Michael McCready returned from the war and is working in bath houses in New York With a year of medical school under his belt, he has given up the dream after seeing all of the terror and death from his fellow soldiers The one relationship Michael will do anything to protect is the one he has with his beloved sister So when his uncle makes him a deal to save that relationship as long as he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, Michael takes off for a completely different kind of life There are the husband and wife striving to save the house they love and have worked in for decades and hopeful to save the man of the house s life before he hides and drinks himself away There is the little girl who has lost so much and clings desperately to the people she loves And there is John cue huge big, fat SWOON John the man of privilege who gave it all away to join the front lines of the war, who can t forgive himself for what he saw and felt he could have done, for the family he has lost, and the life he lost and felt he should have and could have had These people live and inhabit the mansion with Michael, but they don t come alive until the combination of Michael and John s growing friendship changes the mood and outlook of all five of them This is a time when to love a man held farrisks than it does today But their story wasn t all about that and I m so thankful It wasn t just a book about being a gay man in 1919 It s a story about two men who had given up on many aspects in their lives, settled and then found another person who made them feel alive again Found another person they would protect and who they wanted to be a better man for in the present and future It was a slow journey of distrust, apathy, anger, fear, friendship, hope and love It s a story of how to let someone close when it s the one thing that scares you the most It s a wonderful novel with a believable and slowly unfolding plot, fully realized characters both main and secondary, and a simple but so very special love between them all I can t recommend this enough for everyone Michael grew up poor in the Bowery, escaping from the heavy hand of his uncle by finding a life on the streets John was the son of a well to do physician When they meet, Michael is employed as a gardener while John is the man of the house But they turn out to have a lot in common.Both men have been damaged by the horrors of the front lines in WWI, although John s scars are farphysical and visible Both lost their mothers young and were effectively abandoned by their fathers, Michael in Michael grew up poor in the Bowery, escaping from the heavy hand of his uncle by finding a life on the streets John was the son of a well to do physician When they meet, Michael is employed as a gardener while John is the man of the house But they turn out to have a lot in common.Both men have been damaged by the horrors of the front lines in WWI, although John s scars are farphysical and visible Both lost their mothers young and were effectively abandoned by their fathers, Michael in a physical sense, John emotionally Both gave up the potential for a fulfilling career when they joined the armed forces And both are attracted to other men, in a time when the penalties and risks were far higher than they are today.Those similarities might have been a basis for friendship, despite their differences in status However their first encounters are anything but auspicious Michael is wary, self contained, and still reeling from the blow of having his uncle force him into this gardening job on the threat of exposing his proclivities to his beloved sister and possibly to the law John is locked in a dark miasma of guilt and pain, both emotional and physical, and has no desire to let anyone close.This is a beautifully written book The period detail is so complete it immerses the reader in American life after the Great War, and yet it s so skillfully integrated that it never overshadows the characters and the story The emotions of these two men, with their traumatic pasts, isolated by their fears and desires, are clear and poignant but understated The slow progression of understanding and healing that it takes to bring these men together is very realistic The secondary characters add depth and interest to the story, and play vital roles in motivating the events that move Michael and John forward.This book has everything I love in a historical romance a story with a smooth, believable plot and deep slowly evolving emotions which would be valid in any era, and yet a story which is informed at every turn of the page by the rich details of the time in which it is set Highly recommended