Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Chase This Light
SERIES: World of Love | Canada
AUTHOR: Francis Gideon
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 117 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2016
When Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason.
As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away.
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This is the second book by Author Francis Gideon that I have had the pleasure to read and review. I learn something new about Canada every time I read one of his books.
Jacob Flores is relocating what’s left of his broken family, a family that has been through a lot of trauma and sorrow, to a place he can raise his son with financial security and a fresh, new start. But the Yukon is a tough place to relocate a toddler that is afraid of the dark and is having a hard time with all the changes in his young life. In an attempt to woo his son over to their new home, and all the changes, he takes him to the local museum to find out more about their area. He immediately meets and is attracted to one of the museum’s employees, Pete Odjick. Pete is a very attractive and tattooed First Nations and Inuit man who helps lead the lecture series on the history of his homeland. He is also an artist, a performer, and an environmental activist. Unfortunately, all too soon after the two men realize that they are both attracted to each other, they discover they are on two extremely different sides of the environmental issues challenging the region. Pete is an activist and Jacob works for the large oil company that is threatening the land. “Chase This Light” is the story of how these two men try and look at both sides and see if their attraction can survive their turmoil.
I was immediately drawn to Jacob. I knew there was a back story with his adorable and precocious son Micah. He cares so much for this precious little boy and is working so hard to get everything right. But parents aren’t perfect every moment of the time. His desire to provide the best life for his wee son is honorable and endearing. Your heart will ache for how hard he try is for Micah, even at his own expense.
Pete is the type of person I love to meet. Knowledgeable of the area I am visiting, a gifted artist and a skilled actor with children. He entrances them. He is an educator’s dream when you go to visit a museum with your students. He not only drew them in with his stories but made them reach to know more.
I not only enjoyed this quick story but learned more about the territory to my north. The author made me desire to visit this land to discover it’s rich history and beautiful area.