Author: Fil Preis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 50 Pages
At a Glance: There’s not a lot of tension or angst built into To Everything There Is a Season; it’s just a sweet short story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: For most of his life, Terry Geirhart worked beside his best friend and lover on their farm nestled in rural southwestern Ontario. With Karlstadt being a small town, their true relationship remained a secret. Seth’s death in a tragic accident leaves Terry beside himself. After two years of mourning, Terry wants to learn to live again. Unfortunately, he has no idea how.
While not ready to date, Terry does need a new hired hand. A close friend suggests her relative from the city who’s looking for a new start. Damien Manicuso, stylish and openly gay, has never stepped out of the city, but after flunking out of university and being kicked out by his family, Terry’s job couldn’t be more welcome. The two have nothing in common except a mutual attraction, but working a farm brings people close. Both afraid to admit their feelings, they must find the courage or lose everything all over again.
Review: Terry Geirhart is a farmer in Karlstadt, a German-Canadian farming village located in Ontario. He inherited two farms next to each other, one of them he lives on, the other is vacant due to a tragic accident that killed someone Terry truly cared for. Terry spends his time focused on farming and stays to himself. He doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, because he has a fear they’ll either leave, or he could lose them.
Damien Manicuso is a young student who has to leave college because of failing grades. He wasn’t real excited about the courses he was taking; plus, parties and boyfriends added to his unfortunate situation. He still has some growing up to do.
Christine Niedermayer is a relative to Damien and a good friend of Terry’s. Christine decides to take on Damien after he is passed over by other relatives. She thinks part of the problem is Damien’s gay, and his parents don’t want to deal with him. Christine asks Terry for a favor. She asks that Damien be allowed to live in the vacant house. Damien will have to learn to work as a farmhand and make repairs around the house. Terry is reluctant at first, but then gives Damien a chance.
As time goes on Terry is surprised at the repairs Damien makes to the house, and sees his talent as a carpenter. Damien makes every effort to learn farming even though that may not be what he wants to do. Terry and Damien spend the seasons together, farming and building a friendship.
This is the first book I have read by Fil Preis, and I must say I felt the characters’ personalities were well written. It was a short story but was written in a clear voice, and flowed along easily from start to finish. There’s not a lot of tension or angst built into To Every Thing There Is a Season; it’s just a sweet short story.
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