Please welcome Isabelle Rowan and
We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.
Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.
Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear.
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Not a romance in the traditional sense, this book worked for me nonetheless, even though the two MCs are not together on page but for the beginning and the ending.
Caleb Maguire, who lives in the mountains of Victoria, AU, has not long ago lost his long-time partner/lover and is still working through his grief. His days are spent looking after his horses, his dog, and his home. He doesn't have a lot of interactions with the locals and basically keeps to himself.
Until he's called out to help a stranded motorist during a snowstorm.
Paul Turner, the snowman from the title, is younger than Caleb, and a city boy. Still, after defrosting in Caleb's house, in front of the fire on a makeshift bed, with hot mountain man wrapped around him to help with the defrosting, Paul starts to see the countryside with different eyes.
Both men are struck by each other, though neither is in a position to do anything about these feelings. Paul, more so than Caleb, falls hard and fast for his mountain man, but he also realizes that he's in no position to stay.
When the snow lets up, Paul goes home.
As I said, this is not a typical romance, but there are romantic elements. The book is really more about change, about moving through grief, about taking control of your life, and most of all about family. The family you're born with, and the family you make.
There are lessons to be learned, about running away, about reasons for your actions, about hiding from the truth.
At its very core, this book is about love. The passionate, abiding love for your partner, the thrill of new love, the love of family, and love for yourself.
There are tense and scary moments within, there are emotional breakdowns, there are supportive friends (your chosen family), and there are tears.
The writing is beautiful, descriptive, and engaging. I was there with Paul, waiting for news from the frontlines, and I was there with Caleb, trying to save the one thing that he has left from his lover. I cried, waited, and rejoiced with them.
It's low on steam, which in the overall plot made sense, and therefore didn't bother me either. What is clear though is that once Paul and Caleb both work through their issues, they are ready, more than ready, to make a go of it.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
About the author:
A slinky cat for a witch may be a cliché, but add a whole bunch of tribal tattoos and an intolerance to garlic (seriously) and you have Isabelle Rowan.
Having moved to Australia from England (Gateshead) as a small child Isabelle now lives in a seaside suburb of Melbourne where she teaches film making and English. She is a movie addict who spends far too much money on traveling... but then again, life is to be lived.
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