Author: Sue Brown
Pages/Word Count: 141 Pages
At a Glance: This was a sweet light read in a friends-to-lovers story set in Little Mowbury, the quiet little English village where those who need can find respite.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”
Eighteen months ago Jason Havers lost the love of his life and it’s time to move on. Applying for the position of chef in a sleepy country pub, a million miles away from his previous life, may well be the fresh start he needs. His new employers immediately take him under their wing and before long he finds himself with a passel of new friends and a job he loves. What he doesn’t expect is Tom, a gorgeous midwife, who stirs up feelings he’s not ready to deal with.
But when someone from his previous life turns up in Little Mowbury, will Jason be able to keep them from revealing the secret he’s been keeping from those he’s come to love?
Review: In-Decision is part of a series of books brought about by a collaboration between Lisa Worrall and Sue Brown. So what do you get when you combine two incredible authors? An incredible series. I love these books. They are light, they are easy to read, they are heartwarming, and each of these authors has a true talent for not only character development but plot and timing.
In-Decision is the story of Jason and Tom. Jason is twenty-eight but feels fifty. He and his husband David were in a car accident eighteen months prior, which left David in a vegetative state, never to wake again. It has taken Jason all of those months to realize that what the doctors say is true – David’s not coming back. Moving to Little Mowbury and being the chef at a country pub is an attempt to put his life back together and start new, even if the grief is still fresh. Sue Brown always uses her imagery to support her characters, and when Jason sees the Thatcher’s Arms for the first time, he stops, looks up and discovers a thatched duck perched on the rooftop, which makes him smile – because everyone should start a new life with a smile.
Tom is one of the village midwifes. Having left behind a career in intensive care nursing, he loves working with the mothers and babies. We first meet Tom in the first book of this series, where he is left behind by Micah when Micah’s true love comes back into their lives. The one thing Tom wants to avoid at all costs is being another third in a relationship. Tom and Jason’s relationship takes time to develop with both agreeing to friendship despite an overwhelming attraction to each other. We are taken on a journey of the little day-to-day details that draw them closer, and we meet the cast of supporting characters who give flavor and wit to the story. This is a country pub in a small English village, after all, and the cast of characters, while not large, is colorful and heartwarming. I loved how Tom was with Jason when David finally dies, and how he helps Jason to move forward and love again.
Book one is Un-Expected, book two is In-Decision, and the final book out is Un-Deniable, each standalone reads, but get them all so you get a real flavor for Little Mowbury. You won’t regret spending time in this little English village where the pub has a thatched duck on the roof.
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