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Dona Nobis Pacem
Willa Okati
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Dona Nobis Pacem

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Mute saloonkeeper Donnell knows all about prejudice; he’s had to battle it all of his life. He also knows how self-righteous and judgemental the people of the old west town of Nazareth can be, so he isn’t surprised when he sees them spurn requests for work from a man who walks into town looking to be all but on his death bed. Donnell takes the man in and nurses him back to ...more
ebook, 102 pages
Published July 2009 by Torquere Books (first published 2009)
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Elisa Rolle
Dona Nobis Pacem is one of those lost pearls that sometime you find; a lost pearl is a book you start thinking to read a nice and good novel (since you like the author and the publisher), but maybe a bit on the average side. You start it maybe on the brink of sleep, already with half mind shut down for the night, and soon realize that you are reading something different, that this is not your usual average novel, that you have on your hand a special romance.

Dona Nobis Pacem is an historical west
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historicals, romance
It was the title of this book, which jumped out from a long list of book titles, that made me first investigate what Dona Nobis Pacem was about. Then I liked the idea of both a historical ‘wild west’ setting and a hero with a disability. It turned out that this book had quite a lot going for it, but also had a few faults.

Donnell was born mute and rescued from death by prostitute, Bettina, who then brought him up. He’s worked hard all his life on his piano playing and gambling skills and now is t
This was originally done serial style at Turn of the Screw at Torquere Press.
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Dona Nobis Pacem by Willa Okati takes place during the nineteenth century in the American West. The story setting is the town of Nazareth during the decline of the gold rush boom and the beginnings of townships with the arrival of doctors, lawyers, bankers and their families to the settlements.

The story is told from the perspective of Donnell, a mute saloon owner born of a whore who died shortly after giving birth to him. Bettina, a fiery wisp of an Irishwoman who raised Donnell and taught him h

Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m/m, gay, western,
Shelves: lgbt-books
I must admit to having a bit of a problem reading M/M romances set in historical times. Not because I don't love history or M/M -- I love both. The story's plausibility becomes the focus for me, especially when or if the mores of our times are applied to a historical period. For example, the total, unquestionable acceptance of a M/M relationship by one or more characters when the story is set in times of yore, becomes a tough one to buy. Of course, it all depends on the culture and time period b ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: M/M, Western
Donnell is the mute owner of the Saloon and the son of a whore -- he's an unexpected hero -- and Nathan is sweet but, well... you'll have to find out about him. I can tell you I loved both the sexual tension between them and their coming together. A western set during the goldrush in a town where there are still miners and whores, but where preachers and "respectable" people are just moving in. Okati explores "good" vs. "evil" in this piece as in old westerns, but instead of gunslingers, we find ...more
Kristy Maitz
The book was so... so.. Plot was interesting but writing stile of Willa Okati did not appeal to me.
Mara Ismine
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Not what I was expecting from the blurb, but better! A sweet story with bitter undertones.
This historical story is a nice read but the ending, for me, felt unfinished. I expected some sort of resolution to the conflict with Michael and it never materialized.
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