Book Reviews

Coming Home by Missouri Dalton at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Warriors/Soldiers / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-February-2013

Book Blurb

He might be Alan Trent, but the sole survivor of the crashed RAF bomber isn’t sure. He can’t remember his name just the horror of the crash and flashes of the War. Whoever he is, he knows there’s someone waiting for him and that for some reason, he’s reminded every time he takes a sip of cocoa.


Book Review

'Coming Home' is a wonderful, emotional story about an air force man who has lost his memories in a crash during World War 2. It moves slowly, just like his brain does, as he tries to remember who he is. It must be heartbreaking to wake up and not know who you are, and the lyrical style of this short story communicates his sense of loss really well.

Almost from the start, James has flashes of memories little pieces he can recall. He compares them to shards that he has to piece together to make sense, but he can't do it as quickly as he thinks he should be able to. The doctor and military think they have identified him and send him home with a woman he has no recollection of, make him live in an apartment he hates. Nothing fits and his desperation is palpable. I really felt for him.

When he stumbles across someone from his past who remembers him, the pieces of information he has begin to make sense. He adds others, and when he returns to his real home, the final healing can begin. The man he remembers the name of has a role to play, as does cocoa.

If you like slow-moving, lyrical stories that will make you think about what makes a person who they are, if you enjoy a bit of mystery and guesswork as the truth is unveiled, and if you're looking for a sensual, beautifully written story full of feeling, you will probably like this short book as much as I did. It is definitely not your "average" love story, and moved me deeply.   





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 19 pages/4300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-February-2013
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