The Last Kiss, Sally Malcolm
Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Gay Romance
Tags: Historical – WW1 and After – from 1917-1920, Love Story, Disability, Psychology
Length: 327 Pages
Purchase At: amazon
A tender and triumphant story of forbidden love in the aftermath of war
When Captain Ashleigh Arthur Dalton went to war in 1914, he never expected to fall in love. Yet over three long years at the front, his dashing batman, Private West, became his reason for fighting—and his reason for living.
But Ash’s war ends in catastrophe. Gravely wounded, he’s evacuated home to his family’s country house in Highcliffe. Bereft of West, angry and alone, Ash struggles to re-join the genteel world he no longer understands.
For Harry West, an ostler from London’s East End, it was love at first sight when he met kind and complex Captain Dalton. Harry doubts their friendship can survive in the class-bound world back home, but he knows he’ll never forget his captain.
When the guns finally fall silent, Harry finds himself adrift in London. Unemployed and desperate, he swallows his pride and travels to Highcliffe in search of work and the man he loves. Under the nose of Ash’s overbearing father, the men’s intense wartime friendship deepens into a passionate, forbidden love affair.
But breaching the barriers of class and sexuality is dangerous and enemies lurk in Highcliffe’s rose-scented shadows.
After giving their all for their country, Harry and Ash face a terrible choice—defy family, society and the law to love as their hearts demand, or say goodbye forever…
Karen April 13, 2020 at 1:12 pm
I’ve read a lot of non-fiction about both world wars, and fiction too. I studied modern history, although I’ve forgotten a fair bit these days 🙂 I do love well written historical novels and this is an example of a beautiful piece of (historical) fiction. I mean, you can tell from the quotes the standard of writing. It was a delight to add some visuals to the words.
Yep. You were literally just saying how sick and tired you were of bitchy, horrid women and I’d just literally said the same thing in my podcast review I had in draft… and I think we’re a) in sync and b) pretty representative of quite a few readers in the genre. Although I’d like the casual misogyny to be called out more in books.
I almost never read historical romance, especially if even a brief section of it happens during wartime. It’s just not my thing usually. But this sounds like such a beautiful love story.
And hallelujah on having good females who aren’t know-it-all, nosy, busybodies. You and I discussed this privately recently, how one of my biggest reading pet peeves right now is how females are written in gay romance. It’s usually a sister or best friend and that’s in contemporary romance. For this author to write good female characters in a historical is even that much better.
I can’t say enough about your quotes and visuals. Absolutely beautiful.