Though I'm sure you can enjoy the series without reference to this, or probably read it somewhere down the line, I wanted to know who Nick was and what he was all about.
This book is a collection of stories that cover from , when Nicholas Williams, and his true love, Carter Jones, meet, to when they've settled into as good as married, with the ups and downs of I'm starting the Nick Williams Mysteries and because my OCD demanded it I had to start at the very beginning, and I'm not sorry. This book is a collection of stories that cover from , when Nicholas Williams, and his true love, Carter Jones, meet, to when they've settled into as good as married, with the ups and downs of any long term, happy couple.
Carter is a Georgia boy, who in , along with his friend Henry fled the bigotry and small-mindedness of his hometown, with no plans to go back. He alights in the, once and future, gay haven of San Francisco, and becomes a firefighter. Blond, and enthusiast of physical culture, and standing 6'4" it's job he's imminently suited for.
However, despite an initial hot-between-the-sheets with his friend Henry, love has remained elusive. Nick is the black sheep son of a prominent and native San Francisco family. He's also foundering in the relationship department. Living with a boyfriend, who's long ago become more of a friend, but stuck and not knowing how to move on. Luckily fate, karma, or the long reach of Cupid's arrow intervenes. Can you tell I loved everything about this? I did.
I love how Frank W. This doesn't mean they're the gay Douglas Sirk martyrs, quite the contrary. Nick, in particular has been able to arrange his life where he owes very little to the court of public opinion, however they're still full and eager participants in the life and society of their time even with it's attendant public limitations. They have friends whom they care for deeply and they're going about gathering up, our modern, chosen family.
This is the very beginning of a great love story, seasoned with some heartbreak along the way. I'm eagerly going into the series proper, which I know are not romances, but Nick is good company and I'm sure we'll have more than a few glimpses of that tall drink of water, Carter Jones and the rest of the Nick Williams' friends.
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Nov 07, CrabbyPatty rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , mm-historical , starsanda-half. It's a fascinating slice of life for the era, and for men "in the life" as they referred to being gay at the time. Nov 01, Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it. I suppose we should think of Sam Spade, too. Somehow, this clipped, retro style helped evoke San Francisco and Chicago, and New York in the late s.
For all that Nick Williams is sort of a gay Batman without the tragedy and costume , the story of him and Carter Woodrow Wilson Jones has a weird ring of authenticity to it. There is nothing big and important in any of these stories, other than a slightly edgy nostalgia, and the preparation of the setting against which the actual mysteries will take place. We get to really know Nick Williams, who by unforeseen circumstances, becomes one of the richest men in San Francisco, and without question the richest homosexual.
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While this enables his derring-do as a P. Carter, too, scarred by the virulent racism of his small-town Deep South childhood, is no fault-less prince. Both of these men have to consciously reject the male assumptions and prejudices of post-War America, and neither one has any role models to guide them. As someone born in , it is fascinating to see a world that I just missed; but one in which relatives and friends of my family lived.
Oct 02, David Tangredi rated it it was amazing. Plucking the Heart-strings [I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Twenty years ago, I wanting nothing more than a relationship akin to the one Nick and Carter create with each other. But I can die a happy man now, because, thanks to Frank, I got to live one for a while inside of the pages of this book.
I first read the Nick Williams mys Plucking the Heart-strings [I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. In this book, we get to see how it all came together I highly recommend An Enchanted Beginning Dive into the mysteries first, where the action eggs you along an exhilarating ride. The mysteries are a Saturday night out on the town; this romance is the following Sunday morning, relaxing on the sofa with a warm cup of coffee.
Thank you and damn you Frank, for resurrecting that old, beautiful, romantic dream. Mar 09, F. Loved it! A nice glimpse of life after WW2.
Not angst or anything else. It just jogged along but I could smell the Camels, feel the Frisco fog and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oct 23, K. Book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is book is made of many short stories. Due to that it doesn't feel like a novel, since it's not. So if you plan on reading it than you should keep that in mind. It's a historical story set in a time right after WWII. Infact first time reading a book set in that time in english. So probably some of my irritation about usage of certain phrases comes from Book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. So probably some of my irritation about usage of certain phrases comes from that.
And then he went and climbed to bed with him.
That was just creepy. I think it was supposed to be something sweet, but it came out very creepy. Another thing was how both MC's thought of women as "birds". So that made me wonder whether this word used have a better meaning back then. First few stories just made me smile. Even though there were lots of moments where I raised my brows and was thinking that this is so unrealistic. I didn't actually mind that.
I mean it's pretty depressing to read a book that authentically describes what actually did happen most the time if strangers realised that they found a gay couple. I wasn't that fond of Carter to be honest. I think for me the point where I stopped liking him was everything that surrounded his training for arson investigation. Actually Nick did not come out of that situation well either in my opinion.
But that's just me. And then there was the garlic thing. Of course tastes differe, but still As I said it was sweet story. I would like to know what happens to them next.
Nov 23, Paul rated it it was amazing. Charming - 5 short novellas giving fuller versions of the backstory in the novels. Very nicely done. Oct 23, Atenea rated it liked it.