Title: Dancing Days
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages
At a Glance: A lovely short story with characters who have made mistakes but are both older, and hopefully wiser, the second time around.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: The day Glen Carson loses his wallet is the day that changes his life. The wallet is returned by Aston Walsh, a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years. He and Aston had a passionate and intense romance when they were in their late twenties, and Glen thought their love would last forever. But his dreams were horribly shattered by a shocking confession from Aston, and they parted for good—or so Glen assumed. Now, two decades later, they’ve lived many years apart, created new histories, and built successful lives. Yet the spark between them is still there. Aston wants a second chance with Glen, but Glen is more cautious this time around. He has to decide if Aston’s regret is genuine, and if surrendering his heart to Aston again is worth the risk.
Review: Glen is content with his life. He’s got a job at the local DIY shop he enjoys and is good at. He’s got a productive vegetable garden and a large, loving family. Sure, he still sometimes gets a twinge and misses Jack, his Kiwi ex-boyfriend, but he’s in for a real surprise when he forgets his wallet at the hairdresser’s, and it’s returned by none other than his closeted ex-lover from twenty years ago.
Aston and Glen, as it turns out, had an affair years before – while Aston was married and already the father of two – and the breakup had left Glen heartbroken. He’s also a doctor, who has returned home from London to clear up his mother’s estate, and he’s taken a local job for the time being. He’s finally gotten divorced, and his children are grown and on their own. He’s in need of a friend, and he convinces Glen to spend time with him – dinner, movies, plays.
Things seem to be going fine…until they aren’t. Aston doesn’t mean to hurt Glen, but he still doesn’t understand the impact of their first relationship and what their breakup did to Glen and his sense of self. With Glen’s well-meaning family, and some well-placed declarations, hopefully Aston and Glen will make the right decisions this time around.
I love stories about second chances – especially when the characters are of a “certain age” – not unlike many of us in the real world. Such is the case with this little gem from Clare London. While it’s disappointing to be somewhat invisible after certain milestone birthdays, maybe there are second chances out there for some of us. 😉
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