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“The Place Where They Cried” by Rose Christo
This book may haunt me—in the best and worst ways—for the rest of my life. Set in the mid-1860s, The Place Where They Cried is a sweeping, beautiful story about the plight of Native Americans during those years. It profoundly affected me and my opinions about these beautiful, peaceful people. As I said in my review back in April: Rose Christo writes some of the most stunning, breathtaking, perfect words I’ve ever laid eyes on. Having read several of her books now, I believe that more than ever, and I’m patiently waiting for her next story.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
Honestly, I can’t think of anything that was outrageously overhyped this year. That said, I do think folks went a little batty over Cross & Crown. I had the lucky chance to review it for the blog and gave it 4 stars, but I understand why some people thought it wasn’t quite as good as they’d hoped. (I feel for authors who write beloved series, a la Abigail Roux. The writers have a lot of hype to live up to when it comes to the series stars we m/m readers know and love!)
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
(For reference, I’m only listing books published this year. I’ve got plenty of others from years prior if you ever want to know!)
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, um…Rose Christo? ;-) All I read from her: the Gives Light series, The Place Where They Cried, The Dogs of Balboa; there wasn’t a single book that I rated less than 4.5 stars. Other big surprises (and new loves!) I found this year: My girl (forever and always) Harper Fox (starting with the Tyack & Frayne series and pretty much all her other works from there, gaaahhhh), and the brilliant, friendly and always funny Edmond Manning (read The Lost and Founds series; do it NOW).
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
Big changes for me this year! I remain an ever-so devoted Kim Fielding fan, but this year I’m adding Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox(!), Rose Christo (duh) and Jordan Hawk (even though I’ve only read one of her books; I can’t WAIT to read more!).
Ah, 2014. The year in which I discovered Rose Christo. ;-) And Harper Fox (sigh). And Vee Hoffman(!). And Edmond Manning (himself). And Eric Arvin and Jordan L. Hawk (I’ve only read one book each by them, but…OH SO GOOD). I feel lucky to be part of this blog, lucky that I get to read books by some extraordinarily talented writers who create stories that speak to my heart. And then I get to share my thoughts and feelings about them with other readers. How fun is that?!? I’m two years into my journey with the m/m genre, but I feel like there are so many more books and authors out there to read and to discover. Pardon me, but I’m pretty giddy over that thought! ;-)
More Rose Christo and more Harper Fox. Like, seriously, they need to write more books, for the greater good, but also just for me. C’mon ladies, chop, chop. ;-)