Title: Where Wishes Go
Author: S.A. McAuley
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Published: October 2, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Can you have a second chance at a first love?
Nick Paine is just starting to return to normal after he told his wife he’s gay and asked for a divorce. Despite a daughter he loves dearly and a job he believes in, part of him is stuck in the past. He’s never forgotten the first love he let fade away fourteen years ago.
Adam "Izz" Azzi has settled into a happy rhythm. His daughter is healthy, he's found a mosque that accepts him, and his work as a modern artist is gaining international attention. While his past is fraught with mistakes and what-ifs, his life now is good, and he doesn't want to upset any of the balance he's worked so hard to achieve.
When Nick and Izz are reunited by luck and fate, their attraction is just as undeniable, but what was left unsaid haunts them. They have hope for a future together, but wishing may not be enough.
“There is so much complexity to this story and I absolutely LOVED it all. Each of the main characters were so well written that you feel like you are truly getting to know them. I enjoyed the depth of their feelings as they were written on the page because it make me feel like I was the one going through those emotions. Great read and can't wait to see more!” ~ Book Junky Girls
“All in all, this is a sweet second chance love story. It's not just about romance, though- it's about family and friendships- and it will leave you with a smile on your face. A solid 4 stars.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
“Wow. Just... wow. This story was beautiful. Exceptional, heart-wrenching, gorgeous. The Romance genre is full of "love at first sight" stories, but this is a story about two men who fell in love as teenagers-- fell in love slowly, painfully, piece by piece-- and then were separated for years. It's about never forgetting your first love, and getting a chance to reconnect and rekindle that relationship.” ~ Just Love Romance
Review by: multitaskingmomma and Ray
(Joint Read Effort)
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
This was a sweet story, but it was deeply flawed. Why do we say this? Well, a lot of things bothered us during the read. We began to question several things in the story. One thing in particular caught our eye: when author went to some lengths to say that Nick couldn't discuss Mari's case with the doctors. Wrong.
As a hospital administrator, he would be able to discuss the case of any patient freely with the doctors. I've been around hospitals for years and truly, it is one place where people gossip and talk. When I say people, I mean the staff, the doctors and especially those in administrative positions. Yet, the author had him say otherwise on two different occasions and I wondered what kind of hospital is this where no such thing happened? Also, he is the admin of high rank, he has the clout to make sure Mari get the one thing she needed most. Believe me, they do throw around their weight in hospitals. Unfortunate fact? It's true nonetheless.
I really didn't find it believable that two men who were something more than best friends as teenagers, and regularly engaged in mutual masturbation would have never actually "done the deed." Somehow, this does not ring true? Teenaged boys and young men often experiment with each other. Some discover girls and move on, and some do not.
And then there is the question of Islam and homosexuality. This is the one religion that is steadfast in its stand of full stop no tolerance. There is no place for homosexuality in Islam. None. Period. No matter how we want to dream or scream justice for those poor gay men tortured to death because of their sexuality, the religion remains closed. It is even now worse with the Taliban and ISIS. Given the threat that militant Islam represents to western civilization today.
That said, and admittedly, I really have a hard time with a book that paints Islam favorably tolerating homosexuality, there is one (#1) Mosque that does accept it. Yes, I actually did my research. It is in the US led by the one and only openly gay Imam in the history of this planet. One.
I've talked to a few Muslim friends and they agree. They are here far from their land and culture and traditions but their religion holds on to them tight. There is no Imam who will tolerate homosexuality. It's a sad truth. I say, what about Imam Daayiee Abdullah? They gasp. It is unheard of.
The last sentence in this quote sums up what we all generally know about homosexuality and Islam.
And yet, homosexuals have been beheaded, hung and stoned in modern Saudi Arabia and Iran, where Muhammad's laws are applied most strictly. Five other Muslim countries also have the death penalty on their books for homosexual behavior. In the past, gays were burned as well. As one cleric recently put it, the only point of theological debate is over how the offender should be killed.
Where Wishes Go. It is a story that makes the readers think and hope. When asked what was good about the whole plot? My answer is simple: This is fiction based on a fact that there be acceptance, albeit from one Imam, of homosexuals within the religion.
This was a difficult book to read and accept per se. It took some time of interviewing friends of the faith and googling some facts. One came up to support this book. For that alone, I give kudos to S.A. McAuley. She did her research well. I only wish the book were better edited. Other than that, go ahead. Now you know I did my research as well. Give this a chance. The wishes will go where they will. Hopefully to the heavens of acceptance.
Note: eARC provided for by Enticing Journey for an honest review.
I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose.
I have a never-ending-abyss-like secret love for poetry. Especially Rumi, Hafiz, and Neruda. You can predict (as well as change) my moods and my writing schedule by my playlists.
Insomnia is my greatest ally and my nemesis. I like cheese and bourbon, not necessarily in that order, but I’m flexible.
If you’re in any fandom, then I’m probably already in love with you. I’m not joking.
I like my tv shows marathoned and I have to use internet blocking software to be productive. I have software called Producteev that I loaded onto my laptop and proceeded to fill out in detail and now I haven’t touched it in a year.
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