Reviewed by Tidal
AUTHOR: Victoria Zagar
PUBLISHER: Totally Bound Publishing
LENGTH: 54 pages
Peter had thought that Oliver was gone forever, but fate offers him one last chance to reunite with the man he loved and lost.
Peter’s undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Dazed and confused, he finds himself at a community center he once frequented a long time ago. Going inside, he meets his old friend Oliver. There’s one problem—Oliver’s been dead for twenty-two years, lost to the ravages of AIDS in 1992. Suddenly the impossible has become possible, giving Peter a second chance with a man he had thought lost to him forever.
Peter finally admits his feelings for Oliver, long hidden beneath layers of denial and grief. Oliver owns up to the reckless mistakes he made in life, the drugs and casual sex that led to his untimely demise. Unfurling the mysteries of how they have come to be reunited, Peter and Oliver embark on a weird and wonderful journey through their past and present lives, embracing the whirlwind romance they could only dream of when Oliver lay dying.
Sometimes people go through life wishing for a second chance. Life smiled on Peter and gave him one. Peter finds himself at the community center and sees Oliver. At first, he does not recognize him. When he does realize that it is Oliver, and that he has been dead for twenty-two years, Peter needs to have a seat. Both men have the opportunity to say the things that they both left unsaid for various reasons. They have the opportunity to take care of their unfinished business and hold each other and make love once again, as well as share the love that they once knew and thought would last forever. Peter realizes that sometimes we forget until we are forced to remember.
Before the visit is over Peter has some work to do. He must confront some responsibility for things he has forgotten and has been running from. This is a beautiful story told in a way that is not frightening, granted it is bittersweet but it is a love story. It is a tale told in a tender way bringing answers and closure. Peter realizes no matter where his spirit is he is never powerless. Reunited may offer a bit more angst than some readers care for but I really liked the book.