Series: A Tyack & Frayne Novella
Author: Harper Fox
Length: 59 Pages
Category: Magical Realism
Rating: 4 Stars
At a Glance: When Zeke Frayne was introduced in the series, I might have labeled him the villain, cold and rigid and pious like his father, but then Harper Fox dug just that little bit deeper into his character and showed us not only did he have a lot to unlearn and overcome, but that he was entirely redeemable. I always love when Fox revisits these characters and their small but lovely corner of the world.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: All Lee Tyack and Ezekiel Frayne have in common is their love for Gideon, who is drifting away from them hour by hour as he slips deeper into a coma. Neither Lee nor Zeke on his own has the power to recall him. Somehow, in the anguished days at Gideon’s bedside, these two wildly different men must find a way to pool their knowledge of Gid’s character, and enable Lee to enter his lover’s mind in a spirit journey that will guide him back to life.
And to do that, Lee and Zeke must get to know each other.
Review: Readers of Harper Fox’s Tyack & Frayne series have watched Lee and Gideon’s love affair come full-circle over the years, and we’ve seen how impactful family have been on their journey. Waiting is Ezekiel Frayne’s turning point as much as it is Lee Tyack’s fight to bring Gideon back to the world of the living. This vignette is clearly not meant to be read as a standalone story but as a complement to the moments in Don’t Let Go, book three in the series, that were fraught with heartache and fear for Gid’s life, but which we didn’t get to see in that book because it’s told from Gideon’s point of view.
Waiting begins the friendship and brotherly bond between Lee and Zeke that sprung from those long and agonizing days when it wasn’t clear whether Gideon would survive being stabbed, let alone wake up, and Zeke subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) took on the role of caring for Lee while Lee held on to Gideon with everything he had, in essence trying to speak Gid back into existence. It is also the beginning of the repair of the bond between Zeke and Gid that had been fractured over the years.
When Zeke was introduced in the series, I might have labeled him the villain, cold and rigid and pious like his father, but then Harper Fox dug just that little bit deeper into his character and showed us not only did he have a lot to unlearn and overcome, but that he was entirely redeemable. As expected, there is a mysticism to this short novella that emphasizes how extraordinary the relationship is between Lee and Gid. I always love when Harper Fox revisits these characters and their small but lovely corner of the world.
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