TITLE: Mended with Gold
AUTHOR: Lee Welch
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
COVER ARTIST: Melody Pond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
A photographer with post-traumatic stress disorder falls for a comics artist on a wild New Zealand beach, but can he find true love when he feels so wounded by life?
Everything changed when the bomb exploded. Forty-five-year old, Alex Cox worked as an international photographer until a deadly explosion left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotionally wounded, and desperate for a sense of safety, he’s run all the way to wild and remote Kahawai Bay, New Zealand.
Under the worst possible circumstances, Alex meets Joe, a shy young comics artist. Joe lets Alex into his playful, gentle world of comics, and soon Alex is falling for him, hard. Alex longs for more. Joe is reticent. But is it shyness? Or does Joe not want a much older lover with ‘issues’? Or is something else keeping them apart?
This is a tender and uplifting story about creativity, adversity, true love, and comics.
Alex is 45, he’s a photographer and moves to New Zealand after a traumatic experience in Laos where he survived an explosion.
Joe is 26, he’s a young artist, especially a comic’s artist. He’s very shy but seems to enjoy Alex’s company.
Alex wants more with Joe, but Joe seems to be holding back from him.
The traumatized photographer and the shy artist, can they be together?
Aw, it was a sweet, beautiful novella.
Alex and Joe are beautiful, sincere, adorable. They don’t play games together, they are them. Simple, raw, honest and traumatized. Both of them lived through traumatic experiences in their past, and they try to overcome it.
It was a short story, but very well built, the feelings were well brought out and described.
The writing was fluid and very good. I saw everything that was described, the beach, the house, the storm.
This book was like a walk on a beach in New Zealand, barefoot, the sun on our face, the waves crashing on our feet. A beautiful, quiet moment.
It’s 5 OptimuMMs for The photographer and his artist.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***