elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Between Two Worlds by Shelter Somerset

It’s always too easy to fall in an usual path while trying to deal with a subject that already many other authors used, and sometime abused, but I think Shelter Somerset did an honest job to the Amish community. And I’m using the word honest with all the positive meaning it bears.

First of all, the author didn’t idealize the Amish people, they are not some sort of perfect peace dream but they are not even those evil cartoon characters you read sometime about. They are people with different principles than most of who is living around them, but they are not even trying to impose those principles, they only want to be allowed to live by that.

Even if Aiden shares some of their idea, like living in the country a more simple life, far from the fast-moving rhythm of the big city, there is no way he could really live with the Amish; even if him being agnostic can be overcome, finding the faith is not an uncommon event, Aiden is gay and there is no way the Amish people will accept that, not even in a romance novel. Moreover if he wants to have a partner; if you are gay, and you want to remain in the community, you have only two options, being forever chaste or marrying a woman. That is what Daniel did, but in a way, I think that, for who harsh it can sound, God didn’t agree with Daniel’s choice, and He intervened.

Daniel will do everything in his powers to avoid Aiden and his blossoming feelings for him. This is not a novel about clandestine meetings in the dark, or about Daniel taking a decision more out of passion than anything else. Actually I think these two men shared barely a moment of intimacy that neither developed in a real kiss. All the novel is about what you want and what you have to do, and how hard taking these paths can be.

I liked both Daniel than Aiden, I think both of them have their feet firmly on the ground, and even if they are more than capable to feel love and passion, they don’t let those feelings pushing them, or at least they don’t let them hurrying their steps. With quiet and reasoning, they will arrive to the right point, sooner or later.


Amazon: Between Two Worlds
Amazon Kindle: Between Two Worlds
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615818847
ISBN-13: 978-1615818846

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Tags: author: shelter somerset, genre: contemporary, length: novel, review

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