Erryn reviews ‘The Gentleman and the Lamplighter: A Short Story’ by Summer Devon. This book was released by St Martin’s Press on January 6, 2015, and is 60 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Mark James. It was released on January 10, 2019, and is 2 hrs and 2 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I have enjoyed several of Ms. Devon’s books in the past so was game for another one.
The Gentleman and the Lamplighter is a historical romance NOVELLA about two men from different worlds who find acceptance – and red-hot passion – in each other’s arms. From Summer Devon, who writes “gay Victorian romance with emotional tension” (Publishers Weekly).
You can’t walk away from love.
Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved – until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….
But you can walk toward it…
Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love – if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….
Sometimes I’m in the mood for something quick and sweet. This was that story. Two lonely men meet in unusual circumstances and an odd friendship ensues. John Banks has buried a young wife and his job as a lamplighter gives him access to people while enabling him to keep apart. He goes about his job until one night he spots someone as lonely as himself. Giles Fullerton has lost a former schoolmate in a different kind of tragedy and the weight of it brings him out at night since sleeping is virtually impossible. He meets the lamplighter and something magical happens.
Of course the book is historical so there are norms, morays, and just about everything else that can befall the men, but there is also hope. I live for hope.
Mark James narrates this lovely story and I was thrilled. He’s done other Summer Devon books and I feel the two are a match made in book heaven. Anyway, great short story, fabulous audio.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Summer Devon is the pen name writer Kate Rothwell often uses. Whether the characters are male or female, human or dragon, her books are always romance.
You can visit her facebook page, where there’s a sign up form for a newsletter (she’ll only send out newsletters when there’s a new Summer Devon or Kate Rothwell release and she will never ever sell your name to anyone).
Her blog is available here.
She also has a blog with Bonnie Dee, a frequent co-author. It’s mostly just announcements, but we might do good give-aways on occasion.