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Life Begins at Forty (Per Ardua #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
After months of physiotherapy, Group Captain Jack Ratigan has regained some of the mobility lost in plane crash at the end of World War II. But six years later, he still requires the care of his cousin’s butler, Ifan—who is also Jack’s secret lover. In an era when homosexuality is an imprisonable offence, they have to maintain the utmost discretion or risk prosecution.

ebook, 112 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 11th 2011)
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Dec 29, 2012 Erastes rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-historical
OK. I had to work hard with this book and I took the effort because it’s pretty well written and it’s clear the author has talent. But there’s a but coming, you can tell, can’t you?


It’s Torchwood fanfiction and it’s another one of those annoyingly done ones which have taken the merest cursory swipe of the cleaning rag to remove any serial numbers and frankly might as well not have bothered because anyone who has watched the programme and has any knowledge of the characters is going to spot i
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Oct 12, 2011 Serena Yates rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
Even though I didn't read the first book, I was able to follow the story in this second volume really well. There was enough background information to clue me in, and the plot sounded more intersting to me than the more war-based one in the first book. That is just my own personal preference, though, others may want to read the first volume to get the full picture of these two men's backgrounds.

I wasn't disappointed. Dealing with the aftermath of an injury in addition to hiding the true nature o
Nov 02, 2011 Jenre rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
This story follows on from the end of Per Ardua which I reviewed here. Jack is approaching his 40th birthday and his cousin Bronwen has plans for a big party. Jack and Ifan are horrified when they received a poison pen letter, which tells them that they will be exposed as 'sodomites', especially when Bronwen is injured by a stone which has been deliberately thrown through their door window. The two men know that they have been very careful in public not to show the true nature of their feelings, ...more
Trisha Harrington
Oct 31, 2012 Trisha Harrington rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, loved
Life Begins at Forty is the sequel to Per Ardua. It was another amazing book by Jessie Blackwell and I have to say the catch up with Jack and Ifan was good. Miss Blackwood does an amazing job with this story and the couple also. This book takes place just after the epilogue of Per Ardua and it shows the struggle of being gay in the 1940's/1950's. Again in this book I found myself unable to put down the book until I had it completed.
I still love both Jack and Ifan. The courage they showed in thi
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