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Frost Fair

REVIEW ↠ Frost Fair Gideon is far than charitable but is the man similarly attracted or merely indebted When the Thames freezes over and London hosts the great Frost Fair of 1814 trouble and necessity bring Gideon and Joshua together But just as ice is destined to eventually crack will the circumstances break these two men as they learn that life isn't always fair. It s a uick read too uick for how enjoyable it was I own the first released version the one with the cover not nearly as nice as this one and it remains one of my favorite comfort reads But aside from the great characters and sweet romance it s the setting that knocks me out And in setting I include not only the meticulously researched and constructed physical surroundings but also the social and economic realities of the time always respected and never diminished for the sake of an HEA Gorgeous The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century great Frost Fair of 1814 trouble and necessity bring Gideon and Joshua together But just as ice is destined to eventually crack will the circumstances break these two men as they learn that life isn't always fair. It s a uick read too uick for how enjoyable it was I own the first released version the one with the cover not nearly as nice as this one and it remains one of my favorite comfort reads But aside from the Anticancer (Evol - dev't personnel) great characters and sweet romance it s the setting that knocks me out And in setting I include not only the meticulously researched and constructed physical surroundings but also the social and economic realities of the time always respected and never diminished for the sake of an HEA Gorgeous

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REVIEW ↠ Frost Fair Me Joshua Redfern the one man who tempts Gideon to break his own rules Joshua Redfern has no title or important relations but his independent fortune allows him a life that is than comfortable And importantly it enables him to offer assistance to the unfortunate but beautiful Gideon just when the man needs it most Joshua realizes his interest in. Frost Fair by noted author Erastes Cheyenne Publishing 2009 is a love story set against the backdrop of Dickensian London and the frozen Thames River in 1814 This intriguing setting includes a carnival on ice described by diarist John Evelyn as a bacchanalian triumph thus completing the atmosphere for a superb period romance Moreover Erastes populates this uniue happening with a fascinating array of characters a handsome honest tradesman a kindly and loving patron and a glib wealthy cad Fiercely Independent tradesman Gideon Frost is a talented lithographer and printer struggling to make ends meet no pun intended even if this means occasionally selling his body in the courtyard of the venerable old St Paul s Cathedral an interesting and historically accurate juxtaposition and the eually intriguing street called Lad Lane Beset by bill collectors Gideon receives a lucrative commission from a wealthy gentleman of leisure Joshua Redfern who is secretly enamoured by this beautiful young artisan Unknown to Redfern Gideon is eually smitten by him as well Meanwhile as a result of a Little Ice Age c 1770 1800 the Thames River froze solid to the delight of tradesmen eager to make a pound or two Gideon included It also attracted the curious of all classes including one Finbarr Thouless Now one of the solid pluses of this novela is the well developed cast of characters and Finbarr Thouless is no exception Delightfully slithery he is portrayed as a two faced self centred foppish cad with a vitriolic vengeful streak Moreover given the fact that he exercises considerable sway over Redfern it does not bode well for him and Gideon I hasten to add that there is nothing formulaic about this story for it offers several twists right up to the ending which is both surprising and gratifying at the same time That however is for the reader to discover for him or herself Of particular interest to me as a writer of historical fiction is the authentic depiction of the frost fair This rare occurrence first came to my knowledge through Helen Humphries Frozen Thames who dramatized this phenomenon with colourful vignettes including accounts of birds falling from the air cocooned in a coating of ice Therefore from my point of view a bit descriptive elaboration would not have gone amiss However the story does move along delightfully with no unnecessary dawdling whatsoever Not to be overlooked either is the stunning front cover art by Alex Beecroft herself no slouch as a writer Coincidentally my next scheduled review will focus on her novel Captain s Surrender Frost Fair is a definite read for those who enjoy well researched and well written historical fiction romance and a gay perspective

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REVIEW ↠ Frost Fair Gideon Frost is willing to do whatever it takes to earn enough money to save the printing shop that was left to him by his father But when faced with the prospect of having to engage in acts society deems unnatural and the law declares punishable by death he realized there are limits as to how far he'll go Then he meets the privileged and handso. Beautifully writtenI ve been fan of Erastes since reading Junction X which was fabulously disturbing and so far she doesn t disappoint I appreciate the considerable amount of research she put into creating the setting for this story It was substantially vivid and realistic which almost made me feel like I was really there during the Victorian age But the heart of the story and perhaps the best part of it was the dialogue Gosh who knew old English could be so romantic I thought it would put me off but it just made the reading experience enjoyableAlthough the ending felt a bit rushed it didn t diminish the overall appeal of the book And I just want to point out that Mordecai was by far my favorite character in the story If I were to have a brother I d wish for him to be as loyal and noble as Mord Lovely story indeed