Lovely and heartbreaking, but mostly hopeful and joyous. Love Chance and Jacky, and even the supporting characters are well-fleshed. Dare i hope thatLovely and heartbreaking, but mostly hopeful and joyous. Love Chance and Jacky, and even the supporting characters are well-fleshed. Dare i hope that somewhere, sometime, there will be short little scenes somewhere showing the rest of the little "family" finding their happy endings? I like that there's no magic cure for Jacky's injuries; he's using a cane even, what, roughly a decade after his injuries. But he has a glass-half-full mentality that's very appealing, and that mostly seems to rub off on the troubled souls around him. I actually kind of think I like him more than I like Chance, although Chance is the one who experiences personal growth (& Oh, boy, does he experience personal growth!) over the ourse of the narrative!...more
Oh, so very lovely -- Donal and Jimmy are roommates & shipbuilders. Jimmy is an engineer & Donal a carpenter, and they've been building the TiOh, so very lovely -- Donal and Jimmy are roommates & shipbuilders. Jimmy is an engineer & Donal a carpenter, and they've been building the Titanic. Jimmy sails away, intending to come back with a hefty pay packet so that he and Donal can immigrate together and begin a new life away from prying eyes who would condemn them for their love.
These two young men were so very thoughtfully drawn -- they eased into a relationship which they had to hide constantly from their landlady and their families (well, Donal's family). They worked hard for little pay, and they only have evenings with each other. This was so short, it's hard to find things to say without spoiling, but Oh! The motivation behind Jimmy's deep need to GetTheHellOUT and be on the ship is wholly believable. The neat way Jimmy is kept alive (you knew he wouldn't die; it's NOT that kind of story!) is perfect, and the touching way Donal grieves and then the way he rejoices when he understands that his beloved is, in fact, still alive and their plans are not all forsworn!
There was no excess to this story; just neatly pared to the bones of How and Why and When they fell in love and came together, and the How and Why of their parting and coming together again. While I don't know much (any at all) Gaelic, the context in which the few phrases were used allowed for an easy rough translation -- it was mostly endearments, and you don't need to know *which* one, just that that's what they are. ...more
Liked this a lot; the scene was excellent, the language flowed like it was natural and not researched, although I will admit I guessed the culprit faiLiked this a lot; the scene was excellent, the language flowed like it was natural and not researched, although I will admit I guessed the culprit fairly early on. The resolution was left fairly open-ended, both in terms of "will the Gentleman Thief resurface to Cause Problems?" and in terms of paving the way for possibly more books in the series with new antagonists.
While I know some people will have an issue with what seems a lot like Insta-Love, I really didn't, but I do wish there had been more time spent delving into the emotions of Remi and Hawk, and maybe a bit more into why they are the way they are. There was just enough backstory to give the bare basics, but not much more than that. Hopefully this WILL be a series, because then there will be more opportunity to address those things by showing them settling into a relationship in a time when that was dangerous, both personally and professionally....more