Title: Until September
Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 288 Pages
At a Glance: Until September just hit all my 5 star buttons!
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.
Review: Have you ever come across a book you almost passed up because you just went, “Oh, another one involving kids…blah, blah, blah,” but then you bought it anyway, for the fact that you’ve liked a couple of previous books by the author? And then, when you finally find the time to sit down to read it, you expect not much from it but a few hours of what I liked to call a lazy and relaxing reading evening?
What happened after I finished reading Until September was a dire need to grab someone’s arm, drag them to sit down, and then demand that they just read this book! Until September turned out to be very well written and captivated me from the first page onward—beginning with life on a reservation for a young boy without parents. I was drawn to learn more about how Archie and Ryan could possibly develop a relationship, and how, especially with the children who had just lost their mother, they would fit and make this family work.
There wasn’t a bunch of unnecessary drama in this novel, and the plot didn’t drag out or end with a bunch of unanswered questions. It’s the kind of book I want to read when I’m missing someone, or life is so chaotic that I need something to ground me and remind me of what’s important. I actually had a moment or two where I was crying with Archie!
I so would love to listen to this one on audio and, as it turned out, after I finished reading the ebook, I immediately bought the paperback since it’s what I do with favorites. Ereaders are ok but paperbacks ROCK when holding something you’ve come to love. Chris Scully has officially become an auto-buy and an insta-read author for me.
Until September just hit all my 5 star buttons!
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