Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: Skylark - A Love Story

Skylark - A Love StorySkylark - A Love Story by D.C. Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A copy of Skylark - A Love Story was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Mal meets Michael it's instantly apparent that the two men are just about as opposite as two gay men could possibly be. Yet, despite of those differences, or maybe because of them, a friendship begins to develop. Mal has experienced the world's darker side and lives each day feeling empty inside. Michael is a perpetual optimist. Even though he has also experienced hurt in the past, his eyes shine with innocence and his Christian values give him strength to be himself in a world is quick to judge.

While there are strong Christian themes threaded into the story line, this book is a true love story. The Christian elements are Michael's personal beliefs. Quite simply stated, they make Michael who he is, and the story would not be the same if told without that element. The religious sections are not written in an offensive or argumentative manner and are smoothly built into the story in a way that shows Michael's heart.

The way that these characters grow together; truly bringing out the best in each other, is quite heartwarming. Potential readers should be aware that the sexual encounters between Michael and Mal are described in detail, but are not written to be erotic. Rather, they exemplify the tender love and understanding that is growing between the two.

I found the simple theme of lasting love and happily-ever-after ending to be refreshing. In that way, it reminded me of the old romances novels I used to read that were written by authors like Grace Livingston Hill.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Four stars given due to editing errors that include punctuation, grammar, and broken sentence structure in addition to bulky formatting. A professional editor would make a world of difference to the overall reading experience.

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