Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Release Day Review: Wheat Kings and Pretty Things by C.S. Wiley

Title: Wheat Kings and Pretty Things
Author: C.S. Wiley
Release Date: August 9, 2017
Category: Contemporary, World of Love
Pages: TBD (Novella)

As soon as he graduated high school, Paul Thompson fled the tiny, heavily Ukrainian town of Liddon, Saskatchewan, for bigger and better things. Now in his late thirties, Paul owns a struggling art gallery in Toronto. His grandmother’s one-hundredth birthday is approaching, and Paul will return to place where he grew up for the first time since he left.

The town—and the province—don’t match Paul’s memories. Have they changed? Or has he? He reconnects with Dylan Shevchenko, an old friend who now teaches phys. ed. in Regina. When Paul learns his grandmother had an Aboriginal son he never knew about, he wonders what else he missed while he was away. Did he make the right choice all those years ago? He receives the rare opportunity to start over when he discovers a gallery for sale in Regina. He’s faced with a choice between his youthful dreams in the big city and making a life with Dylan in a place that somehow finally feels like home.
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*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Wheat Kings and Pretty Things is a short story in Dreamspinner Press' World of Love Stories. For the most part, this story takes place in Saskatchewan.

Paul and Dylan grew up in Saskatchewan and graduated with a class of only 11 students. Paul being gay was not hidden in high school and he was not comfortable. Dylan was one of the students that picked on Paul for being gay but on the day of their graduation, he kissed Paul. Both men moved on with their lives, with Paul escaping to Toronto and living his life there. But Paul's grandmother is having her 100th birthday and Paul returns for the party, against his will. Dylan and Paul run into each other, and though is surprised by Dylan, they find they have more in common than expected.

This story is only 45 pages long, so it's a quick read! Considering how short the story was I felt that I got a good impression of who each of the MC's is and what's important to them, though Paul's idea of a good life did change throughout the story. Though supporting characters only had a brief time in the story, I didn't feel short changed on their characterization. This was an enjoyable, quick read!

Rating: 4 stars

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