Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
My first introduction to Andrew Grey author was his collaboration in a book I was reviewing for Amy Lane and Mary Calmes, called The Three Fates. So, now as I open my first story, it is his book, Unconditional Love, which I am reading. Like its title, the story is written in a series of 7 Days. The days, though, are not consecutive, sometimes skipping by years.
Day 1- we meet sixteen year old Donald Pottier. He lives in the small town of Chincoteague Island, Virginia. It is a summer beach community that lives for the tourists’ season. Donny shares his life in a small house with his mother, who works two jobs to keep them afloat. Donald is no slouch either, working at the local ice cream store, Mr. Whippy. He rides a bike to work, always looking over his shoulder for the school bully, Harmon Krepke, who terrorizes Donald and classmates, alike. Don and a school friend Kristen are dippin’ ice cream when Jason Greene arrives. Fate 101.
Jason comes from the wealthy side of the tracks, but has nothing Don does. His parents are rich, dismissive, and busy with their worlds, leaving this boy to revel in Don, and his mother’s warm home and closeness. Crabbing and crab cakes and swimming and kissing make for a fine summer as these two boys fall in love. This is such a quiet lovely love story of two young boys who find their soul mates at such a young age. Yes, they fall in love that summer, and Harmon Krepke, in a rage, ‘outs’ Jason to his family when he sees them kiss. Jason is swept away from Virginia not to be seen or heard from again. But Fate has other plans and it is:
Day 2 -Five years later, Donald and Jason are graduating from college and meet again. I will not spoil a moment of your voyage to read this wonderful story. The side characters are wonderful, but the story just grows with the trials the fates have in store for these young boys growing to the fine young men they can be. Join Jason and Donny and the next Five Days spanning their lives as Fate has them intersecting until they get it right. See how amazing it can be. It was poignant, heartbreaking and yet such a sweet read, I could not put it down. I invite you to give it a try. I do not think you will be sorry.