Monday, August 15, 2011

All About Jenny

Title: All About Jenny
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN: 978-1-55487-918-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Mark Donaldson is faced with telling his twelve-year-old niece Jenny, the terrible news of her mother’s accidental death.  Days after the funeral, Mark learns the identity of Jenny’s father is Cole Waters, along with the news that Cole wants to meet his daughter.  

Jenny’s welfare and happiness is the focus of All About Jenny, as the title implies. The setting is Staten Belle, Canada.  The small town is a positive environment to raise a child; however it has a direct negative influence on Mark’s chances of meeting other gay men.  Also, because it is a small town society, Mark’s sexuality is not generally known by most of the residents.  The interaction between the believable characters is animated, blended with moments of emotional drama.  Mark is a lonely man, who has directed all of his energy into Jenny.  At some point Jenny becomes an excuse Mark uses to justify not seeking a personal relationship.  This reasoning is well founded until Cole enters the picture.  Father and daughter immediately bond with each other.   

Cole not only loves Jenny, he falls in love with Mark.  Cole’s background is one of sadness overcome, after years of struggling for acceptance.  Jenny is the key advocate for Mark and Cole’s relationship.  The storyline illustrates the child has more foresight than the adults regarding love and happiness.  All About Jenny is an impressive example of D. J. Manly’s flair for spectacular writing, as well as a pleasurable saga.

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