Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Everyday History
AUTHOR: Alice Archer
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 290 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 29th, 2016
Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.
Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
It’s not often that I am so captivated by a book that I try and reach out to as many readers as possible to chat about it. This story had me so caught up I just needed to discuss all the unbelievably unique aspects to this authors writing style. Alice Archer, where did you come from and where have you been??? This story, you guys….if you read 1 book this year it NEEDS to be this one. This is no conventional love story and you’ll see why when you read it. In fact there is nothing conventional about it. Everything and I mean everything about this story is exceptional…if I could think of a better word than exceptional then I would use it…it’s that and so much more. I realize after days of contemplating how much this story blew my mind that I wouldn’t be able to convey it all in a review.
Rueben is just starting life. He’s in his last high school course and is ready to take on the world. His captivation with his history professor takes him completely by surprise. Testing the waters he plays up the attraction to see what will happen.
Henry Normand is professional to his core. But on top of that he loves teaching and he loves history. He would never jeopardize those things no matter how badly his 18 year old student pushes his buttons.
Once graduation is over, however, things change. And both men aren’t able to combat the off the charts chemistry that pulls them together.
Fear and miscommunication drive these men apart but Henry’s therapeutic writing slowly awakens the truth in both of them. This story also had the BEST HEA…so fulfilling after an amazing and sometimes painful journey.
I want to stress how incredible this writing is. It’s so eloquent and beautiful. There was nothing about this book that I did not like. It’s a work of art and that is all there is to it
All you really need to know is get this book. GET IT…read it and chat me up about it!
P.S. I love this cover…the scarf….all the feels….