Title: Starting New
Life hasn’t been good to Francis Murphy. He’s survived twenty-one years of homelessness by hooking and taking handouts where he can find them. When the local shelter is vandalized, he’s forced to seek food at the Grace and Light Church, where he runs into the pastor’s son, Randy.
Randy Wright believes the best in others. He's immediately drawn to Francis, even though Francis is hardened and wary. When Francis is attacked by one of his johns, Randy and his family take him in and offer him temporary work. Randy always thought he was straight, but something about Francis has him yearning for more than just friendship, and realizing he might be bisexual.
Francis is attracted to Randy too, and Randy and his parents say they’ve always believed in gay rights. But talk is cheap. What are the odds that these Christian parents will remain open-minded when it's their own son in a relationship with another man?
Author: S.C. Wynne
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Guard My Body, Up In Flames
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Genres: Drama, Male Male Romance
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I always have loved that dichotomy between saint and sinner. I knew that by reading a book about a young male prostitute that is being helped by a pastor family, it would open the door to an interesting story. I was a little worried about the religious characters because it can easily fall into a moralistic story. That was not the case at all with Starting New. Au contraire, it was all about total acceptance and living our life with our own faith (whatever it can be).
Francis is living in the streets. That is all he ever knew. Growing up he had become a prostitute to survive and help his mother to buy drugs. One day he is attacked by a customer and found himself at the Grace And Light church. He did not want any help, he always had to survive by himself and he doesn’t trust that anyone would want to help him out. He Fell while leaving the church in a hurry and that managed to slow him down for a while. Randy is the pastor son and he has 21 (the same age as Francis). Never before was he attracted to a man, but with Francis presence, everything changed. The story is about their soul searching and their mutual growth as a human being.
I want to stay as far as I can from giving out spoilers. I’ll stay as vague as I can, however, I need to write about some highlights in this book. The inclusion of a dog called Francis in the story is amazing That small element is giving a new dimension to the main character (yes the one called Francis as well). I also have to mention what a great job the author did with the character of the pastor (John) and his wife (Patricia). Ultimately, they are only human and that’s what made them so special.
I think that an accurate social comment can be found in this book. Most of us consider ourselves accepting and open to others, but when we found ourselves in a situation that is changing our daily life that is a different story. The author is depicting this situation at the perfection in this story. It is very difficult to walk the talk and also very difficult to have to face a challenging situation that we haven’t see coming up at us. The concept of acceptance is a theme that is present throughout the story. This book reminded me that it can be very difficult to let people love/accept us if we don’t fully accept ourselves as we are. However, having people that are believing in us is making all the difference. That’s what we can see with Francis and his change of behaviors as the story progress. I also liked the fact that the author is talking about how difficult it is to have a religious institution and its followers changing their judgments to become more inclusive in regards to the diversity.
It was a really good book, It is touching, intelligent and it is showing that we can change the world by helping one individual at the time. By doing so we give them back their biggest asset: being able to dream again. I definitely recommend this book.
Hi, I’m S.C. Wynne and I write M/M romance with a little humor and generally a healthy serving of angst. Welcome to my blog tour for Starting New!
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About S.C. Wynne
S.C. Wynne started writing m/m in 2013 and did look back once. She wanted to say that because it seems everyone’s bio says they never looked back and, well, S.C. Wynne is all about the joke. She loves writing m/m, and her characters are usually a little jaded, funny, and ultimately redeemed through love.
S.C loves red wine, margaritas, and Seven and Sevens. Yes, apparently she is incredibly thirsty. She loves the rain and should really live in Seattle, but instead has landed in sunny, sunny, unbelievably sunny California. Writing is the best profession she could have chosen because she’s a little bit of a control freak. To sit in her pajamas all day and pound the keys of her laptop, controlling the every thought and emotion of the characters she invents, is a dream come true.
If you’d like to contact S.C. Wynne, she can be found amusing herself on Facebook at all hours of the day, or you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.