Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton
The long-awaited sequel to Strawberries for Dessert.
Families should grow, not shrink. It’s been on Jon Kechter’s mind since before he tied the knot with his millionaire lover, Cole Fenton. Now hoping to adopt, Jon and Cole search for a mother-to-be willing to let them love her baby, but the interminable wait is wearing on them both.
Jon is close to his father, George, but until Cole, he didn’t have anyone else. Now George is pushing Cole to reconcile with his estranged mother. When the three of them spend Christmas with her in Munich, the results are disastrous. Jon and Cole resolve to stay positive, but no hope exists without a tinge of fear. Jon and Cole can’t help but wonder if their dream of being parents just wasn’t meant to be.
Marie Sexton is a very good author. The writing is superb. The characters come alive and her plot lines are always interesting. Cole may seem a flighty character but so loving and Jon is a rock if a bit of a worrier. These two in the first of the series “Strawberries for Dessert” had a relationship that struggled and finally came together. Now Cole wants to fill his final hole in his heart by adopting. Jon supports him but doesn’t have the drive of Cole for parenthood, or at least he claims not to have.
The story progresses along in a way that builds up and up. The story doesn’t just contain just the two’s struggle to adopt but the struggle to adopt. Jon’s father gets in on the act in trying to bring Cole and his mother together, to mend that family relationship before the next generation comes up. Cole and Jon struggle with finding their family’s new future and what it will look like.
These two men make such a sweet couple and to watch them struggle and pine was hard. The author shows how difficult adoption is especially for a gay couple. The trials and heartaches that any couple must go through are just compounded by being a gay couple going through the process. This is what so works in a Marie Sexton book you feel for the people in the story.
Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Five Roses, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, Five Roses, M/M Romance, Marie Sexton, Novella. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.