Title: Feathers from the Sky
Author: Posy Roberts
Narrator:: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Cal Thompson is going a little mad over the Christmas holiday, stuck in a tiny house with fourteen members of his immediate family. There’s no privacy and no boyfriend to help him cope – because Philip is still a secret, though not for long. Cal’s family knows he’s bisexual, but they’ve always assumed Cal would marry a woman and be fruitful and multiply. Just as he’s ready to set the record straight, his parents tell the family they’re selling the family house and tip this introvert’s world on edge.
Philip Sherman arrives at Cal’s family home to find his lover mourning the loss of his home, paralyzed by the abrupt and unexpected announcement that trumped his own. Though Philip takes the setback in stride, they won’t be able to avoid the calling of their hearts for long: Cal needs to reveal the truth of his relationship with Philip to his family, and Philip has a question he’s desperate to have answered.
Review: Posy Roberts is an excellent author, and Feathers from the Sky is just another example of the quality of her work. Posy‘s character development, pace of the story, and care for the small details makes her stand out among a growing contingency of authors in the Male/Male genre.
Posy was able to develop Cal and Phillip into likable characters that I could celebrate within the 100 minutes of this audio. Cal liked purple/blue hair, which Phillip also loved because it brought out the blue in Cal’s eyes. Cal really didn’t like kids due to the noise level and amount of toys they required, and really could only take crowds in small doses. Most of all, Cal loved his family in Minnesota, and he loved Phillip very much.
I loved Phillip’s accent. When he was introduced to the story, his first words were, “Hi, sexy,” and I was hooked. Phillip was a gentle, supportive man who was raised in a totally different lifestyle. A good example of this is him flying to Tokyo for Christmas, while Cal celebrated the holiday in a 1950s Rambler with 8 other people, shoveling snow. Most of all I loved that Phillip loved Cal, that he celebrated him and all of his attributes.
An extra bonus to this story was learning small details about Cal’s family. I especially enjoyed hearing about the snowball fight, capturing oranges, and the trumpet blaring the start and finish of the fight. If that sounds confusing, listen to the story. It will all make sense.
Cal coming out to his family is the focus of this story, and their acceptance of Cal and Phillip at Christmastime in Minnesota. It’s a quiet story without angst, unless you consider shoveling snow an angst. Phillip describes snow as feathers falling from the sky. It’s hard to call that a angst. This audio is worth buying, even if you have already read it in book form. Just listening to Paul Morey narrate with a English (or Scottish?) accent is worth the price. The only thing that drove me crazy was that Paul mispronounced Mankato every time, but that was easy enough to overlook. Well, kind of. I mentally corrected him every time I heard it.
Feathers from the Sky is a sweet, well-written and well-narrated holiday romance. It’s a beautiful Christmas story about love, snow and family.
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