“Some of our greatest regrets in life are not the things we have done, but the things we cannot undo.” – Author Unknown
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Blurb: A perfect life. A perfect home. A perfect husband. Gone in an instant.
Ian’s world turned upside down the day Travis walked out without so much as a word, or even a backward glance, leaving a lonely Ian to wonder why. Their son implores him, “Please go see Dad.”
Two years of hurt leaves Ian ready to confront the man who’d broken his heart, but what if everything he’d believed about their failed romance turned out to be wrong? What if the biggest problem in Ian’s marriage was…Ian?
Review: Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, at least, that’s how the song goes and is the way Eden Winters chose to start this heart-wrenching little story of a romance, a friendship, a partnership, a family—all the things two people can be to each other over the course of two decades—and shows it all stripped away to nothing but failure and bitter memories.
In sixty short pages, the author manages to make something so complex seem so simple, showing how difficult it can be to make a marriage work and how easy it can be to wake up one day and discover it’s fallen apart while one is busy taking it for granted and making assumptions—just because certain chapters have closed on parts of a life, that doesn’t mean those yet to come will simply write themselves, not without first taking the time to say what needs said and do what needs done–and this is a message that’s delivered poignantly.
This story is a refreshing change of pace in M/M romance, and did exactly what it was meant to do: make the reader feel the despair of a failed relationship and wonder at how something so perfect could’ve gone so wrong. Almost Mine is the tale of two mature men who’ve raised a child to adulthood, who’ve entered middle age, and who now see a very different future from the one they’d once imagined with more youthful eyes. It’s a story of loss and regret, but is also a story of second chances and reclaiming a love that had never truly died but had been allowed to wither into something small and painful that only needed to be seen and heard to be touched again.
Ian and Travis are not larger than life characters. They are tangible proofs of the life we sometimes live ourselves, or see around us every day, and as far as the oxymoron realistic fiction goes, Almost Mine is a perfect example of our very human failures and triumphs. Eden Winters does again what she’s done so well before—put truth to words and emotions into play, and has once again snatched a happy ending from the jaws of heartbreak.