Reviewed by Dennis
TITLE: Finding Home
AUTHOR: Phetra H. Novak
PUBLISHER: Self Publish
LENGTH: 169 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2015
Luca is a first year med student at the University of Gothenburg. He is following in his father’s footsteps, something he’d been programmed to do all his life. He lives a sheltered and still life, with no real friends. Luca would love to change that but doesn’t know how, since he always feels so odd around other people, like he doesn’t quite fit in. There’s so much inside him that wants out, like wanting to become a veterinarian more than a doctor. And the fact that he likes boys and not girls. But he doesn’t tell anyone about that—not even himself.
In comes Kai, an American cowboy in Gothenburg. He’s doing his thesis overseas to broaden his horizons before he does what he has always wanted to do, which is to go back home and run the family ranch. He just happens to see Luca one day leaving class and can’t stop watching the shy guy as he waded his way through the crowd with quick, silent steps, and his head down to avoid eye contact with anyone. For weeks Kai watches him from a distance, trying to figure out how to approach him.
Had he known that spilled coffee and slippery, awkward book bags would have gotten him close to the guy, he might have physically bumped into him a long time ago.
Finding Home is a book with star-crossed lovers meeting and the evil mind of the wicked witch in the west threatening to crush young love’s every dream!
Luca is living the hopes and dreams of his parents, going to medical school and living the life they have put in front of him. But in doing so he’s been lying to his family, the few friends he has, and also he has been lying to himself. His dream is to be a veterinarian and fall in love, with a guy. Yes, Luca is gay but has yet to tell anyone including himself. Luca feels left out and awkward around people and doesn’t like to be the center of attention.
Kai is the total opposite of Luca. Kai is openly gay, and living the life he wants with the full support of his family. His secret is that he is totally infatuated with Luca to the point that he has been kind of stalking him from afar… and maybe sometimes not so afar.
When Luca and Kai finally have their chance meeting, it’s not Luca’s best moment but Kai being the utmost gentleman doesn’t allow Luca to feel bad and turns what might be Luca’s most embarrassing moment into maybe the best day of his life, so far.
Love at first stalk, at least on Kai’s side. Finding Home is just that, finding yourself and discovering where you truly feel at home. Phetra did a wonderful job in creating such different characters who are actually looking for the same thing, love. The journey of discovery of one’s true self and embracing it is all in this story, from denial to acceptance. Luca and Kai might come from two different worlds but when they are together nothing else matters but each other and that’s what love and true acceptance should be.
I would recommend reading this if finding love is what you’re looking for.