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At his death, Byron Sinclair left behind more than just his much older partner Alfred Anderson. The couple helped raise their respective nephews, and while Paul Sinclair and Alex Martin are now adults, they still have some growing up to do, particularly when it comes to getting along with each other.
If they refuse to be in the house at the same time, how can Alex be so sure Paul is an opportunistic suck-up with the morals of an alley cat? Paul isn’t impressed with aloof and arrogant playboy Alex, either. Both swear they know all they need to about the other–and about themselves.
Byron’s dying wish is for Alfred to help Paul and Alex see how perfect they are for each other. But when the boys stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what’s right in front of them, Byron must get creative – though it’ll be difficult without hands, or a voice, or a body….
I’ll start off by saying that I ADORED Winters’ LHNB short story The Sentinel. I loved the characters, pacing and prose. So I was very excited to read more of her work.
The Wish is clearly distinguishable as Winters’ work. Her writing style is evident and it worked really well… kinda… in a particular way.
I mostly enjoyed the scenes with elderly couple Byron and Alfred. I was truly moved by the writing that described their love and commitment. I felt connected to their plight and not even two per cent of the way into the story I already had tears in my eyes.
What I liked least about this story was the depictions of Alex and Paul; and the problem there is that they’re the MCs. Their scenes felt forced and unrealistic and I can’t help but feel that the writing didn’t suit the two younger characters. Hence, for me, all the charm was directly attached to Byron and Alfred.
Also, this book contains words like “pucker” and “welcoming cavern” and phrases like “every fibre of his being screaming for release”.
At the end of the day, it’s a very easy read that would suit someone wanting to spend a nice Sunday afternoon amidst “pleasant company” who take their time coming to the conclusion that the rest of us can see from page 3.
I still want to read more of Eden’s work – this won’t deter me from checking out the rest of her catalogue.