|Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia|
Ladies and gentlemen - readers of all ages....Guilty Indulgence Book Club is pleased to participate once again in the annual Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia (#HAHAT for those social media savvy) Last year we reviewed some great books and paid tribute to a beautiful author who left us too soon. This year we look forward to bringing more great authors, stories and romances to our Indulgent readers.
While our book club has that modern mix of women and men, straight and gay, our focus has always been on romance and Love in all its forms. One of the most important aspects of Love has to be it's connection to Hope. For those who have Love, who love and are, in turn, loved, Hope resides in the heart and mind. Hope allows one to celebrate the good times and weather the bad ones. Hope allows one to succeed and to fight and to give others Hope. For many GLBTQ youth, Hope is hard to find. It is our greatest wish that all who read these reviews this week take the time to spread the message of Hope at all times. Be the message to our diverse youth population that fear, hatred and intolerance are not acceptable. Help us spread the message that it does get better, there will be equality, they are accepted and give them Hope!
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And by all means, stick around for the next ten days during the Hop Against Homophobia - make a comment on the Guilty Indulgence blog site daily for chances to win great reads and find new and fabulous authors! And then, jump back on the Hop main page to visit each and every site for more chances at prizes, hear stories, read reviews and much, much more!
And now for the good stuff:
At once an exploration of grief and faith, Into This River I Drown is one man's journey into the secrets of his father and discovering the strength to believe in the impossible.
Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father, Big Eddie, who drowned when his truck crashed into a river. All called it an accident, but Benji thought it more. However, even years later, he is buried deep in his grief, throwing himself into taking over Big Eddie's convenience store in the small town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day by day, struggling to keep his head above water.
But Roseland is no ordinary place.
With ever-increasing dreams of his father's death and waking visions of feathers on the surface of a river, Benji's definition of reality is starting to bend. He thinks himself haunted, but whether by ghosts or memories, he can no longer tell. It's not until the impossible happens and a man falls from the sky and leaves the burning imprint of wings on the ground that he begins to understand that the world around him is more mysterious than he could have possibly imagined. It's also more dangerous, as forces beyond anyone's control are descending on Roseland, revealing long hidden truths about friends, family, and the man named Calliel who Benji is finding he can no longer live without.
Good LORD! Y’all know that I’m a huge TJ Klune fan and this book did everything to make me more of a fan. I grew up in a deeply religious household and still hold on to a lot of those values. There is a line somewhere in the Bible (forgive me for being a terrible Preachers Kid and not knowing where off the top of my head) that says that we “entertain Angels unaware”… Never has that been more true than with Benji. He’s floating through life after his father’s death, barely able to live day to day, yet something keeps him going. Once that “something” appears in his life, everything changes. I’m not going to ruin the book by telling you everything, but suffice it to say that you NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. It brought into stark relief for me my own relationship with God and what and who I believe in. I’m thankful for those small reminders TJ, truly. “Into This River I Drown” will rock you to the core of your beliefs and make you think, but it also will do what TJ does so well and that is make you FEEL! 4.5 ooey gooey strawberries dipped in chocolate for TJ Klune and “Into This River I Drown” and a job VERY well done Sir.
Small Footnote: I get to visit the real “Roseland” this summer in Oregon. So cool!
This book was give to us by Dreamspinner Press, many thanks!