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It is 1963. Being gay is a sin against God. And twenty-eight year old mechanic Will meets Bran for the first time.

Over the years a close bond forms between them despite the seventeen year age difference. Will teaches Bran to swim and helps him with homework. The years pass, Bran drops out of school and moves away.

Then Bran comes home. Can Will move past their age differenc
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Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published July 14th 2010 by Silver Publishing
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Vio
God this book was beautiful, so tragic and emotional I don't think I have ever cried so much, Will and Bran perfect together a tender loving relationship that left me wondering why.....why did it have to finish with such a sad ending I was hoping in vain for a HEA that never came. Highly recommended one very moving love story that will stay with you for a long time!
Erastes
Feb 16, 2012 Erastes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little novella surprised me. For some reason I had the preconception that it was by an English author, one that writes Age of Sail and so in that, I’ve obviously got my Marie’s muddled (sorry to both of you) so when I encountered a bitter-sweet (be warned) love story with a rather worrying start:

I first met Bran eight years ago. He was eleven years old.
I was twenty-eight.

But this is all right, actually, because you are supposed to feel that prickle of unease, because that’s exactly what the
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Eden Winters
Sep 19, 2010 Eden Winters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Marie Sexton, I don't even know you, so why did you have to break my heart? There are tears streaming down my face and my heart aches for Bran and for Will. What a hauntingly beautiful tale. This is going into my favorites, and I will proudly proclaim it a must read. I'm quite positive that I will never forget these two men or what they shared. Thank you, Ms. Sexton, for sharing this. It could not have been easy to write.
Heidi Cullinan
Jul 17, 2010 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It made me think of Raymond Carver and that close narration, sparse and only essential prose and vivid imagery. I still have the sun-bleached swimming pool painted starkly across my brain. Sexton is passionate about character-driven story, and One More Soldier is no exception. And if you love a throwback, you will love the late sixties vibe
Kaje Harper
Jul 12, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, historical
In this short, deceptively-simple story Marie Sexton takes the reader from joy to tears. The relationship felt completely real, and although I wish for the sake of the characters that it had ended differently, it rang true and almost necessary. The last paragraph sealed the story perfectly. Unless you insist on HEA, read this.
Tara
Aug 03, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Bradley
Jul 25, 2010 Jason Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ebook, a-list
This was a very powerful and beautiful story. Amazingly written!
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
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Gitte: One More Soldier is one of those stories, that despite being so short, every word counts and packs a punch. It was hard hitting, it touched upon a sensitive topic and it has incredible heart. I fell in complete book love, and reading it in one sitting, my emotions spiralled so quickly, I may have forgotten to breathe followed by the flood gates opening. Seriously Jenny, I think we just cried on the phone to each other when we finished, we couldn’t even talk right? An absolutely beautiful
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Denise H.
Nov 25, 2015 Denise H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***** Sweet, well written, engaging, amazing love story !! This short story has the reader enthralled with the characters right away. A deep tale of yearning, time passing and the needs fulfilled. Mechanic Will spends time with 11 year old Bran, teaches him to swim, and they are unlikely friends. Time passes as Bran leaves to work a ranch for a year, and then comes back. Eventually at eighteen, Bran makes a flirtatious move toward Will, he declines, Bran persists, and only has two weeks before h ...more
Amy
Oct 09, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and touching story about love and loss. I never expected to feel so emotionally attached to these characters in such a short time. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Marie Sexton!
Mark
Feb 01, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Tragic and beautiful, a sad story dealing with the harsh reality of life. Written with a great deal of empathy and tenderness Marie Sexton style.
Ami
Aug 30, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lelyana

***5 tear jerking stars!

"Don't say that!"
"--we both know I might not make it home--"
"Oh god."
"--and anything I want to do in my life, Will, I have to do it now."


I never expected a short story could make me crying.
But it did.In the end, I cursed war.
I really hate war. Hate. Hate. Hate.
It took so many people from their family, their love ones.

Bran and Will should be happy together if...
If only.... *sob*

Just read this, but i won't promise you that you won't cry afterward.











Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
One of the most heartbreakingly beautiful stories I have ever read. A love story that plays out within the confines of the uncertainty of war - lovely in its innocence, raw in its passion, and staggering in its realism. It reminded me that the most unforgettable love stories are not always those with a HEA, but those that fall just short of one.
L-D
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Kade Boehme
Feb 05, 2012 Kade Boehme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gah, Marie Sexton you just killed me! It was so short but this is testimony to amazing talent that you made me cry (loud sobs, thanks) with such a short story. I'm so heart broken but it was beautiful and simple. A must read.
Veronica /  V
Jan 27, 2016 Veronica / V marked it as no-for-me-abused-angst-or-too-long  ·  review of another edition
Tragic and emotional sad ending, not HEA...Why I would like to read something so depressing? Nope, not for me thanks..
R.B.
I had lump in my throat and tears in my eyes while reading this beautiful story. Thank you Vio :)
Secilia_numa
Jul 21, 2015 Secilia_numa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I like Marie Sexton. The first ever MM book I read was the Japanese translation of "Promises" and I've completed CODA series. But this novella changed my respect for Marie as an author. This is a perfect Novella, delicately crafted with many elements-coming-to-age, gay-for-you, May/December romance, etc., coming-out, etc. But the fundamental beauty of "One More Soldier" is that it is a great story, period. You start feeling the oppresive heat of Houston, TA, the fear and anguish of being gay in ...more
Kassa
Jul 18, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this story is 69 pages (double spaced at least), the quick tale packs a punch. I’m a fan of Sexton’s and once again she invokes emotion, sex, and a vivid setting even in the shortest amount of space. Although the story is set in the late 60’s, there are several contemporary parallels. The predictable ending still wrings a good bit of emotion, maybe a tear or two of more sensitive readers, and is well worth taking the time and few dollars to read.

Will first meets Bran as an eleven year
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Jointly Reviewed on: http://totallybookedblog.com/2013/10/...

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Gitte: One More Soldier is one of those stories, that despite being so short, every word counts and packs a punch. It was hard hitting, it touched upon a sensitive topic and it has incredible heart. I fell in complete book love, and reading it in one sitting, my emotions spiralled so quickly, I may have forgotten to breathe followed by the flood gates opening. Seriously Jenny, I think we just cried on the phone to each other when we fi
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Bev
Simple, heartbreaking story. What is it just lately with these short stories?? Highly recommended, just make sure you have tissues handy!
K.C. Beaumont
As tragic as it was beautiful. A sweet and tender romance full of tears, this short tale packed a perfect punch.
Gaia V.
Aug 23, 2015 Gaia V. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo ma allo stesso tempo ti spezza il cuore... Breve ma intenso....
La Sexton non delude mai!
Feliz
Feb 19, 2011 Feliz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreaking, sad and yet wonderful book. Despite the ending, it's worth reading.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

**Note: This review is for the audiobook version**

This is a story that I've been meaning to read for a long time now. It might be one of the first m/m romances to end unhappily, before the whole Bittersweet subgenre came into the community. But for all that the ending is glaringly at me, so obviously, from the moment the story started didn't mean that I enjoyed it any less. In fact, the lessening of some of the surprise worked to show that the story still had
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Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Will has grown up and come of age in a time when being gay really was "the love that dare not speak its name" only to find himself confronted with an 11 year old boy who needs his presence after the death of his father. Brannon is intelligent, and could go far, but is forced to drop out of school to help is mother. He leaves Huston to work and a year later and much more a man returns. Will then must deal with the 17 year age difference between himself and Bran as the young man comes into himself ...more
Thomas Bruso
May 31, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two boys. War. One memorable experience. Houston, 1963.

Sexton writes with unyielding passion, her stories rich with characters. Over the course of a hot summer, two boys, Will and Bran, growing into manhood, cannot hide their apparent affection for each other. The two build a tight bond together, Will growing ever more fondly toward the eighteen year old man. He is drawn to the boy's innocence and youth, but a niggling feeling of fear creeps over him during their time together. He questions whet
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Wandering Reader
This was a beautifully emotional short story for several reasons including;


There were characters rising above the working poor "this is my lot and there is nothing I can do about it" or the "this is always how it has been done" tropes, especially in mature characters who move outside their walls of 'comfort' appeal to me,

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Natsroshan
Dec 18, 2010 Natsroshan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natsroshan by: MsMiz (Tina)
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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