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The Forgotten Man

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In 1932, after Captain Joshua Pascal’s family loses its fortune, the Great War veteran’s sense of duty compels him to help his mother convert his childhood home into a Jewish boarding house. He’s lived openly as a homosexual among his friends, but now Joshua must pretend to be a “normal,” and hiding his nature is a lonely way of life. But in the middle of Chanukah, Joshua ...more
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Published December 21st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 20th 2011)
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3.5 stars
I rarely pick up historical romance in purpose. Somehow, I always prefer contemporary story. However, this one has a baby in the cover, and how can I resist?!?

This story has a tenderness to it -- it is about two men who find each other in the era of Great Depression. I like Joshua's nickname for Will before he finds out the real name of the musician (Joshua calls him, "Blue"). The baby in the cover is Will's daughter, whose wife died and left him a struggling single father/musician. I
It was great to find another book set in this era, as Prohibition/Depression America is a hugely untapped market and all in all I enjoyed this story. I felt that perhaps the few problems I found with it were maybe the length of the book, which made it a little difficult to take the characterisation and conflict deeper than it was.

I liked Joshua a good deal, he’s a man who has been shoved back into the closet because he’s had to move back home. Not that he was “out” of course, but having his own
In December 1932, times are tough all over, even in New York City. Captain Joshua Pascal has moved back into his family home, which has been turned into a Jewish boarding house. He doesn’t mind living at home, because he is needed to make ends meet after the departure of his father, but he longs for companionship, for a partner to share life with. Trouble is, Joshua is gay and deeply in the closet.

During Chanukah, Joshua meets Will, a street musician and his baby daughter. Even though Will is se
Jess Faraday
A really beautifully done historical. I'm absolutely floored by how the author manages to squeeze SO much meticulous research and SO many living, breathing, three-dimensional characters into such a short work--as well as to create a realistic HEA that not just acknowledges but *incorporates* the extreme societal and legal prejudices of the time. My only complaint was that it was a shorter work. I'd have been happy to read another 200 pages set in this outstandingly detailed, well-written world.
This tale set in the early '30s is wonderfully written. I related with Joshua for having to move home and help his family, some people just don't understand that but I really felt the author did and tackled the concept perfectly. As for Will, how can you not love him for all he's dealing with and doing so the best way he can. When these two meet finally, the connection is already there, you can just feel it through Joshua's inner monologue describing their "eyes meet" emotion. As usual, there ar ...more
This was a good book but not one that really spoke to me and made me connect fully with the characters. Taking place in 1932 made for difficulty in being out in NYC and caused some trouble for the MC's. Joshua was a sweet guy who became obsessed with the guitar player on the corner near his bar. Guitar player(Will) has a kid. Joshua takes him in because he is ill and can't take care of himself. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 17, 2014 May rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Historical romance, I'd like to think parents have always loved their kids no matter what, so this story makes my heart happy. The post war years are tough and the era of being gay in times of strict alcohol and sodomy laws seems un believable but those times existed. This story provides love in those times and is a beautiful romance.
Fairy / Anna
Easy and heartwarming story for Christmas.
To be honest, I'm a little bit disappointed. I was expecting something more. Not exactly sure what, just... something ;)
As I've mentioned already, everything was happening very fast. So... It wasn't just an impression, it's a fact. I think that's one of the features of Christmas stories, especially if they're short, like this one.
Romantic story with simple language and simple ptedictable plot. Easy read for free afternoon.
3.5 stars. Read for m/m team bingo challenge.
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