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The Courage to Love

(Between Love and Honor)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sequel to Between Love and Honor

In 1915, after his beloved Carl died from a vicious beating, David Harrison enlisted in the Army and went to war. He returns home to find a world seemingly unchanged, while he will never be the same. At Mrs. Gill’s boarding house, he meets Bernard Donnelly, a young man suffering the aftereffects of his own war experiences. David finds himsel
ebook, 324 pages
Published August 23rd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 22nd 2013)
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Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The prequel Between Love and Honor was so heart wrenching, that I had to see David get his HEA.

In the prequel of this story we meet David who has an unfortunately short term relationship with Carl. Carl is taken away from David in a violent attack leaving David full of guilt and regret.

On The Courage to Love we find David back in Australia after serving 4 years in the war. He is back still full of guilt and regret and also a man dealing with PTSD from the war. Back in Mrs Gill's boarding house h
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Oh my God!

Ok, I’ll admit it. At first I didn’t realize what this book was (a sequel to one of my favorite shorts) so I went and read two or three pages and the names David and Carl kept haunting me. The pain and mourning, the intense emotional shower you get the moment you start reading all were so familiar, but then it hit me and good God, it really hit me. I had to go and restart it from first line, I just ha
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
David's story started in Between Love and Honor, a short story from the Dreamspinner Press Bittersweet Dreams series. David met and fell in love with Carl but they were not destined to have a future together. David is devastated at the loss of his lover– (view spoiler) and holds himself responsible. The Courage To Love picks up his story once he returns from the horrors of the war.

As with the first story, this book had a wonderful sense of time and
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book, it's a hauntingly beautiful love story of two men trying to build a future together in a time when it was dangerous for two men to be seen to more than friends.

The writing is beautiful, it’s descriptive and eloquent. The story is told mainly through David’s POV, but that doesn’t make the story one sided as we learn equally as much about Bernard through his interactions with David. I adore historical stories and have a weakness for this part of history, for stories that show t
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lovely beautiful and heartbreak story. Loved it and Bernard and David so right for each other.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and gripping love story.

A fabulous love story, perfectly paced, that flows in a realistic manner. I absolutely love the relationship between David and Bernard and their ups and downs. Highly recommended!
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story is so powerful and emotions are all over the place. I'll admit that the first few shell shock induced nightmare scenes are a little confusing but afterwards, I realized that the mild confusion I felt only added to the severity of what both David and Bernard were dealing with. I've always been a bit of a history buff, so this is not my first story surrounding World War 1 veterans but the author still managed to tug at my heart when dealing with the shell shock. Some people might see th ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This hit several of my buttons: set in Australia this historical m/m romance is between two recovering WWI vets. This is hard for me to rate because I loved so many elements of the story but ultimately the romance was short-changed. While I do love angst, one of the main characters is so anxious about his sexuality that his nervousness, self-loathing and self-consciousness overwhelmed the romance for me. Still I like the author's writing and I would try others by her.
I truly loved this book, well written and heart rending. My only issue is the abrupt ending.....I need more! Give us an epilogue to wrap it up. It just....ended
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Other than the fact that this is the first book I've ever read to have no typos, I found it quite boring, redundant and lacking. I didn't care for it enough to expound any further...
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