Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.
When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.
Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.
Review: To start out I would have to say that this story is pretty different from all of the usual M/M romances out there and is pretty amazing. To say that it will change the way you look at some of our history and the way that things used to be, would also be true. All in all, to say that this book is something special… is an understatement.
In the beginning, Nate is an old man, witnessing a tender moment between his grandson and his boyfriend that has him thinking back to the man who stole his own heart years ago. Though he is unable to speak, he wants to tell his grandson that his choice is okay… and that is where the story begins.
At first, it seemed to me that I was reading a book like any other that was about WWII, but then… something changed… and for me to tell you what, would probably ruin the story, so, I won’t… but it engaged me into the book… and then I was hooked. I became part of Nate and Walter’s world and what they struggled with, shared, and lost.
What was surprising, is in the midst of all of this tale, was finding yourself remembering the shame and fear of what it would have been like to not only be attracted to another man, but to also act upon it, in a time when even a difference in race could have meant life or death. The story of two men finding something that was not only forbidden, but also very sweet and true, made the story that much more powerful, and had me more emotionally invested than I had thought when I had begun to read the book.
If you are looking for something wonderful, meaningful, and that will make your heart wrench, then this is it. In the end, you too will be listening for the Bells of Times Square.
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