Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Where a Hand is Always Needed

Title: Where a Hand is Always Needed
Author: Kara Larson
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Genre: {M/M} Drama
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Graeme wasn’t looking forward to spending his summer out in the middle of nowhere. He’d much rather be back in the city but he knows there could have been much worse punishments for his recent behavior at school then staying with his Aunt and Uncle. He didn’t have high expectations of what the summer held in store for him but when a plane crash puts his whole family on high alert, Graeme wonders if maybe the outback is just the right place to be after all.

Where a Hand is Always Needed is a short story included in the Healing Hearts Charity Anthology. I loved reading this story as it gave me an insight into the young mind of Graeme, a man I first got acquainted with in Sliding Down the Pohutakawa Root. This story is set before Graeme met Amiri in New Zealand and focuses on Graeme’s summer with his Aunt and uncle in the Australian Outback. The language and descriptions of Graeme’s surroundings and extended family is wonderful. The slow realization of the possibilities awaiting Graeme in his future was tenderly sweet and a joy to read.

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