Book Reviews

The Pearl by Geoffrey Knight

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-June-2018

Book Blurb

The Top End of Australia—a tropical paradise filled with beauty. Wonder. Danger.

For two young boys growing up in the Northern Territory—half-Aboriginal Jarrah “Jad” Yindi and his best friend Luke Lawson—the remote beaches and aqua waters of the Top End are a playground of adventure. And as two best friends become young men, true love washes over them like the sea upon the sand.

But life is full of challenges and change, and if Jad is to discover who he really is, he must piece together his ancestral past, his dream-filled present and his uncertain future to become the man he was always destined to be.

Through water and fire; through love and loss; through the days of youth to the stories of the world’s oldest living culture, journey across the heart of Australia—

—to discover what’s in the heart of one young man.

 

 

 

This book contains all three pats of the original trilogy.

First edition published by author, July 2010.

Second edition published by Empire Press, October 2012.

Third edition published by Wilde City Press, April 2013.

 

 

Book Review

What a beautiful story! From the amazing setting in Australia to the wonderful main and supporting characters, the deep love between Jad and Luke, to Jad's journey of self-discovery, this book contains everything that makes a story worth reading and rereading for me. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and kept me spellbound throughout the drama unfolding across the pages. Whether you're looking for a romance with intense emotions, or a character's deeply moving realization of who he is and who he is supposed to be with, this book will give you both.

Jad Yindi, a half-Aboriginal boy with a simple background who loves the water, grows up with Luke as his best friend. Luke is from the outback, but loves going diving with Jad. They grow up together as best friends and as that friendship grow into love, they both discover their "pearl", the thing they want most. The real pearl Luke gives Jad as a reminder of who they are to each other takes on huge symbolic meaning when Jad starts to drift away from his life on the beaches, in search for – more. It almost broke my heart to watch him go off to Sydney because he wants to be a doctor. He is like a fish out of water there, but tries so hard to fit in. He loves Luke deeply, yet has this need to find himself, and with his Aboriginal roots fighting with his dreams of a future helping people he has a hard time figuring out which is more important.

Luke is much more straightforward. He knows who he is and what he wants, and goes after it without hesitation. He loves Jad to distraction and doesn't understand why his friend and lover feels this urge to run and look for – whatever he is looking for that Luke does not understand. Luke is deeply hurt because he is so sure of his love, but he is also willing to wait for Jad to figure himself out. He may be the man who stays behind, but in terms of their future and accepting their destiny, he is miles ahead of Jad. I can't even imagine the pain he goes through!

Through all the trials and tribulations of Luke almost dying, of Jad finding another man who tempts him into a new relationship, and of both young men coming back to each other again and again, the pearl Luke has given Jad when they were boys accompanies Jad as a symbol of his destiny. It became the symbol of my hope for a happy ending as well! And when the final twist hit, I was so far on the edge of my seat, I almost fell off. Wow!

If you like deeply emotional stories about soul mates who have a hard road to travel before they reach their happy end, if you enjoy reading about Aboriginal culture and how it may affect us in today's world, and if you're looking for a book about true love and all its consequences, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 345 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-January-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Geoffrey-Knight-ebook/dp/B01MSBMCX2