Posted in: Broken Wing by Judith James
Thanks for the rec Kristie. I liked this one a lot.
I’ve got to the point where writing reviews are a pain in the arse, so I’m afraid this review will seem a bit like a total stream of consciousness, with little structure, and even less cohesiveness.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
So, what was the book about?
Our hero, Gabriel is abandoned as a child, and raised in a brothel. Having been starved of affection and friendship, all his life, the only thing he’s good at is having sex, with those who can afford him.
That is, until he befriends a young boy who was stolen from his family. Gabriel then spends the next five years shielding his young friend from the brutalities of life in a brothel.
The boy’s family finally find him (how many fs?), and are so grateful to our hero for looking after their precious brother, that they offer Gabriel sanctuary, in their home.
Gabriel goes to live with the heroine and her brothers, and eventually falls in love with Sarah (our heroine), although he feels unworthy of her, given his shameful past.
My favourite thing? Gabriel, all the way. Dark, emotional, fractured, fragile, tortured, passionate, honourable. All good words to describe him.
I really appreciated the care it obviously took to create such a hero, he really was the highlight of the book for me.
The heroine wasn’t so bad either, although her character wasn’t quite as richly drawn as Gabriel’s. But, she didn’t piss me off in any way, which is the main thing really.
Good plot and good secondary characters. I especially liked Sarah’s older brother. It was nice to read a historical that didn’t feature an evil brother. What is it with historicals and card-board-cut-out, evil siblings/fathers anyway?
When I picked up this book, I’d only intended to read a few pages, but I found that I couldn’t actually put it down. So I didn’t. And I read, and read, and read, until the book was done.
It was super, smashing, great.
I didn’t get the urge to stab myself in the eye. Not even once. Always a good sign methinks.
For those readers who like a good emotional read with their morning coffee, I heartily recommend Broken Wing By Judith James.