I loved that (view spoiler)[ we never found out that Jem was a virgin until after their first time together (hide spoiler)]. The lack of emphasis o...more
Set in colonial American, Solemn Contract is a beautifully written story about a young man who becomes an indentured servant to save his sister's family from mounting debts. You will love Jem. As a scholar, he sees everything as a learning opportunity and never grumbles about the hard labour he is forced to endure. Many people are drawn to Jem, but some don't have good intentions and Jem soon finds himself accused of murder and unnatural acts.
The relationship between Jem and Will is a slow burn...more
I love the unusual historical setting, the subtle writing and the slow-developing love story. Brilliant novel!
"Looking across at Will, a wave of love and pride swept through Jem. What he wanted was to touch and be close to him, to know what those firm lips felt like in a kiss - which was something, he thought darkly, that Kirsty from the tavern probably knew. This jealous and ugly thought brought him crashing back to earth; he had earned Will's friendship and trust and that should be enough for...more