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A Place to Call Their Own

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the
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Published July 2012 by Musa Publishing
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Lena Grey
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Home is a magical place that I've found and now it's discovered, I will always be bound. It surrounds me with warmth like a comforting dome. Being wrapped in your arms is where I call my home. My life makes more sense, the world seems more true. I love my home and I really love you.” ~ Kirsty Richards

All Frank and Gregory of 'A Place to Call their Own' by L. Dean Pace-Frech want is a place to call home, one where no one will judge them for being together, but in 1865, that is not so easy. They
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unpretentious, Uncluttered, Pure Love

The premise is a bit out there--buddies from the Union Army fall in love and determine to spend their lives together as settlers on the prairie. That is unusual in several respects, not the least of which is we don't have to be dragged through Frank and Gregory's story of how they got to be lovers--we start off the book with that as a given.

Even though they go through a variety of unpleasant, sometimes tragic, situations, there is always the strength of their

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I’m a nut for historical novels. It’s not often I run across one that takes place after the civil war in the old west with Indians and land claims. A time when families packed up and moved west to work the land hoping to lay claim to it and make a life. A Place to Call Their Own is that type of historical.

It’s an easy, almost angst-less read, more gay fiction than romance but there is a beautiful love story about two men who meet and fall in love
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! It was a great read of how these two men fought their way to be together and more, to stay together through thick and thin. I rooted for them every time they ran into issues and was left wondering at the end...hoping for a sequel :)
Becky Condit
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Place To Call Their Own is the debut novel of historical fiction writer Dean Pace-Frech. I read the second edition, published May 31, 2015 and I was blown away by the power of this story of the settling of America after the Civil War.
Frank and Greg are gay veterans of that war and after returning home realize that in order to be true to themselves they need to make a fresh start where they won’t be judged or hated for who they love. After saying farewell to their families they begin the trip
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start by saying I don’t typically read historicals so this was a new style of story for me, but definitely one I truly enjoyed! I found myself immediately invested in this story and these characters!

Frank and Gregory served together in the Army and now that they have been discharged they want to head west, find some land and have a home, together. They want a chance to build a life together, with some privacy and space to grow their farm and love each other. Despite their families
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of this book there is a quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder, which instantly gave me visuals of the programme, Little House on the prairie. Those images stayed with me throughout the book and I seemed to base the clothing, scenery and even a few of the characters on what I remember from that programme.

Frank and Gregory met and fell in love while serving in the United States Army during the Civil war. They have dreams of making a claim on free land using the Homestead Act, building
Inked Reads
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book was set as a historical novel that takes place after the civil war - it was a story of two determined friends/lovers, Gregory and Frank, who wanted the freedom to live their lives together.

At first I was a little unsure of the story. There were a lot of descriptions that I didn't feel really added to the story, they were more filler. However, as the story continued, the author was able to developed the relationships between Gregory and Frank's neighbors, that they ended up settling
Breanna Eichhorn
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank and Gregory had a dream of moving to somewhere else and starting fresh. Owning a farm together on new land is what they wanted. Frank's father tried his hardest to talk him out of leaving and to stay working on the family farm. Frank was adamant that he was going to go and not stay because the farm couldn't afford to feed any more people. Frank and Gregory went down to see Gregory's mom, and when Gregory gets there he finds the house to be in better shape than what it was then when his ...more
Vanessa Sims
4.5 Stars

This is the first book I have read by Dean and maybe the second or third historical m/m book I have read. We have Frank and Gregory, two war veterans, who are looking for a place to call home. In A Place to Call Their Own, Dean takes you through the journey of living a secret relationship, but not. You get the trials and tribulations of basically starting from scratch and making something out of nothing. A couple times, I thought well dang can they just catch a break.

The Frank and
Cathy Brockman
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Greg and Frank met in the civil war and fell in love. They decided to take two claims in Kansas to be away from people and live their lives in peace. They had big dreams of their house and farm. Can they truly find a place of their own?
Oh my was this one heck of a beautiful story! I absolutely loved these two guys. Their love was so perfect, even though they had disagreements which are very normal; there was never any doubt of how they
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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From that review: "This story is low on sex and high on love and survival, in a place where they find that having used their energy to make an extra bed in their first prairie house just might ensure that their reputations stay intact enough for their neighbors to lend them a hand when necessary.

I sank into this story much that same as I did the Little House in the Prairie
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Place to Call Their Own by Dean Pace-Frech is more of a story than a romance. Like a friendship love between two very close friends who are like brother's and both say they are gay, if you are expecting sex in this book, you are going to be disappointed. This is more about their struggle to fit in, in an era where they do not fit the mold of what a man should be.
Frank fought on the union side of the civil war. He wants to head west. His family would rather he didn't. He is 23 years old and
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
This is a clean YA historical romance that is set in the age of settlers heading to the West. Frank and Greg are two great characters. I wish the author had gone more into their meeting each other, the nightmares one of the men is plagued by, and maybe a more defined issue the characters must overcome. There were little things and some issues that could have been set up a little better to make the story a bit more concentrated. I really did
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I give this book 4 hearts

I thoroughly enjoyed this civil war era romance. Greg and Frank are headed to Kansas where they plan to take 2 claims and start a life together away from the rest of society. They have hopes that no one will bother them and they can just enjoy each other's company. The book let's us get to know them as they discover more about growing together. The author did a great job incorporating the history of the time with the backgrounds and as you get to know Greg and Frank
Garth Mailman
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two twenty-year-olds set off for the wilds of Kansas in hopes that they can live their lives as lovers in peace there. As the case of Matthew Shepherd proves too little in the lives of gay lovers has changed over the last century. Having survived the Civil War Frank and Gregory leave their less than accepting families behind braving bands of ruffians, marauding Indians, bad weather, prairie fire, and suspicious neighbours to carve out a life for themselves. The book is well-written and charts ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gregory and Frank met while fighting in the War Between the States, the Civil War. After the war, they’ve decided to head West to claim their land and live life together. I was amazed by how beautifully written this story was. The author brings you right into the story. You feel as though you are right there, on the plains seeing this beautiful unspoiled country. We are taken on this amazing journey with the two characters from the beginning of their travels, to the people they meet along the ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

This is not your typical romance story. At most, this was a well written historical novel with romantic undertones. As a historical fiction, it has plenty of details about the time and place, yet they are presented in a way that you don’t realize you are getting a history lesson. The romance part of the book is fairly limited in scope…think Little House on the Prairie, it’s there but it’s not blatant. Instead, readers are treated to the emotional connection

I really love novels which give me a strong sense of place, a strong sense of time and A Place to Call Their Own is definitely one of them. However, one thing I don't like is not being able to feel any kind of romantic chemistry between the protagonists and unfortunately that's what happened here. All in all I found the book a little bit too tame for my taste. Just to be clear, it has nothing to do with the fact that there's no sex scenes, I've got no problem with this. In spite of that I
Eloreen Moon
This is a sweet, no sex story about two veteran farmers who become ranchers in post-Civil War times.

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May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and sweet story. I enjoyed it.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
Great story set in the years immediately following The Civil War. Two men deeply in love move west to build a homestead. The author's research shows in the authenticity of the details.
3.75 *
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4* I really enjoyed this. Thanks for the instaFreebie copy
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love reading about back then and how hard it was to live and make a life. Frank and Gregory did it together and were happy. this will be a book I will read over and over again.
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“Oh, there's not much to tell. I served in the Ninth Iowa Infantry. That's where I met Frankie...Frank. I mean, Mr. Greerson. We were discharged almost a year go, July of last year, and stayed with my mother over the winter. And then we came here. That's about it.” 0 likes
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