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Furlough Bridge by Jardonn Smith

This is a bittersweet Christmas tale, and even if there is an hot sex scene in the middle of it, it’s quite different from what I’m used to read by Jardonn Smith.

Forrest Barton is 44 years old and waiting for his partner, Ernest, to come back home from the IIWW. It’s not that Forrest doesn’t understand how difficult it’s for Ernest, he himself was a soldier during the IWW, but he misses his man. Especially on Christmas time when they have traditions together to share with Forrest’s cousin, Wilton and his partner Gaither (both men are in Grit by Jardonn Smith and William Maltese). Ernest told Forrest to respect their tradition, and that is the above sex scene I mentioned: when they gathered together with Wilton and Gaither, Forrest and Ernest shared their bed with the other couple and they do the festivities on their own way. This year, and for the past three years since Ernest left, Forrest moved to a ménages a trois, and that is the only sex he has and only since Ernest told him to, in a way Forrest is faithful to Ernest.

After the sex scene, the story moves immediately to the bittersweet tale, with Forrest helping a young soldier, Vernon, to deliver some Christmas gifts to his 3 and 4 years old sons and his wife at home. It’s a wonderful and tragic tale, an old fashioned holiday tale that had me almost in tears. I so wanted for it to have a different ending, as I always want when reading war novels, even if I know that a different ending is almost always impossible. War was not generous, and many, many men succumbed to its wrath.

I strongly recommend this novella, aside for the little paranormal element, it’s also a good historical setting, with right references to the time and war period.

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Amazon Kindle: Furlough Bridge
Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (December 29, 2010)

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Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
jardonnsmith
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
furlough bridge review
Thank you, Elisa. I'm glad I almost made you cry )-: ... (-: More than that, I'm happy (but not surprised) you got the true reason for the sex scene. Thanks again!
elisa_rolle
Aug. 31st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: furlough bridge review
you are more than welcome Jardonn, and I loved this novella
Mykola Mick Dementiuk
Aug. 31st, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Jardonn
I haven't read this one yet but I soon will be reading his Grit, or as it says "Grit permeates each crevice of the Great Depression and the men living through it. This sex-saturated tale from William Maltese and Jardonn Smith." I love the sex-saturated it's a book for me as all of Jardonn's book are.
jardonnsmith
Sep. 1st, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: Jardonn
Speaking of...

Mick, I'm halfway through reading your book Stallers. Had to stop and give my wrist a rest. Sex-saturated I guess, and I love it.
elisa_rolle
Sep. 1st, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Jardonn
I truly enjoyed Grim, and this novella is a nice appetizer (or dessert) to that story
William Maltese
Sep. 1st, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
A long-time fan of Elisa AND Jardonn
I can't tell you how happy I am to have Elisa, one of the few m/m prime reviewers I respect, arise, also, as one one of the few reviewers who seem to "get" Jardonn Smith and what he writes; in that I've been singing this author's praise even before we teamed up to write GRIT; and I will continue to do so. In a publishing landscape where so much m/m writing is often boringly the same, it's always refreshing (at least for me) to find someone like Jardonn who's definitely an individual and provides something unique in his writing and outlook. Bravo, Jardonn! Brava, Elisa!
elisa_rolle
Sep. 1st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: A long-time fan of Elisa AND Jardonn
In this case my only merit is to read good stories, Jardonn is the one who writes them ;-) (and you too, of course!)
jardonnsmith
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: A long-time fan of Elisa AND Jardonn
William, not only are you the bee's knees, in my book you're the queen... er... A#1 bee.
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