Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 57 Pages
At a Glance: Path not Taken is a well written story about the gift of a second chance.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: On the train from Lancaster to Philadelphia, Trent runs into Brit, his first love and the first man to break his heart. They’ve both been through a lot in the years since they parted ways, and as they talk, the old connection tenuously strengthens. Trent finally works up the nerve to call Brit, and their rekindled friendship slowly grows into the possibility for more. But both men are shadowed by their pasts as they explore the path they didn’t take the first time. If they can move beyond loss and painful memories, they might find their road leads to a second chance at happiness.
Review: Trent made the trip from Lancaster to Philadelphia by train once a week. He’s a lawyer; bankruptcy and divorce is his expertise, and was with his lover, John, for twelve years…until John died of a heart defect. Trent hasn’t been with anyone in two years, but on one particular early morning commute, while the train is still dark, he notices a light glowing across the aisle, and can’t believe the face he sees, a face from his past.
Brit did his time in the Navy, got out, and is now a senior software developer. He’s made some mistakes in his life: He was in a relationship that went sour after eight years, and has been divorced for three. The only good in his life is his daughter Mary, who is in college. When he looks across the aisle at Trent, he asks, “Do I know you?” Trent tells him to think back some twenty years ago, to their college years. And Brit remembers.
The two men meet on the train again and talk more about what has happened in their lives. Brit and Trent had known each other from the third grade, became best friends, and as they grew up Trent wasn’t afraid to admit who he was, or what he felt for Brit. But, Brit broke Trent’s heart and cut all ties with him because he was afraid to admit what was true. Now, however, they have a second chance and both seem set to take that for the gift it is. That doesn’t mean things will be easy, though, as they face some obstacles along the way to their happy ending.
Andrew Grey’s Path not Taken is a well-written story about how life can send us on different paths but, ultimately, how those paths can also take us back to the beginning, with the hope for a better outcome the second time around.
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