Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Still by Mary Calmes


StillStill by Mary Calmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fortunately, I went with my gut-feel. When a book is written by Mary Calmes, it is always a good read.

Still, as in stagnant, brackish, motionless, quiet, sluggish, stale, standing.   If something such as a relationship, business or society is stagnant, there is little activity or change. This is what Still by Mary Calmes. is about. When two men who have been together for seventeen years fall out of love.

Sivan Cruz, a set director in San Francisco, and Walter Wainwright, a big shot Bay Area lawyer, find out the hard way. Walter loves Sivan with all his heart but rarely talks about it, and Sivan needs to hear the words. The language of the love they have shared for so long, that has enabled them to build a life together and raise two children, stops working. They become—still.

When Sivan asks for a divorce, Walter doesn’t know how to say no. They separate, but while Sivan sees the relationship as over, Walter sees only a temporary setback. He has never lost his passion for Sivan and decides he has to say something before he ends up loving his husband in silence for the rest of his life.

To be honest, I was hesitant to read this book, especially after reading the blurb. I knew that Mary Calmes wrote it, so this is always a guarantee of a good read. However, I was thinking along the lines of lots of crying, heartbreak, painful words thrown by the two main characters, and even children thrown in the middle. There was also the thought that maybe, just maybe, there would be relationships with other partners during the separation. These are things that just twist my innards. I picked it up, ready for a good book.

It was none of these....

It was a fantastic read!

One thing I have noticed about this author, she always has an amused tone when telling her story.

There were moments of amusing exchanges between Sivan and Walter and there were hilarious and ridiculous logics thrown about, yes, but that is not what I am talking about. Mary Calmes manages to tell her story in a tongue-in-cheek manner that always gets me smiling, even if she is writing about supposedly angst-ridden plots. And despite such a topic, readers cannot help but fall in love with the main characters, faults and all.

By the end of the book, I found one inconsistency, but decided that it did not matter and did no harm to the story in any way. I was just in a meticulous mood.

There was no complexity to this story. Readers get a smoothly written story that was easy to read, understand and feel. Yes, there was mention of some relationships on the side, I guess that can be expected if one were to consider that Siv and Walter had separated for about a year, but mentions they remained. The only scenes regarding sex was between the two men so this was enough to satisfy my "strict" protocols. hehehehehe

I have to applaud Ms. Calmes for creating a comfortable story about an uncomfortable topic. As this had an HEA ending, I am happy for the two men. I just wish that life were this comfortable. But then again, if it were, we would not have authors like Mary Calmes to provide us a reprieve from life.

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