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Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 1935751689 B08GB9N7H3
  • 204 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1935751687 B08GB9N7H3
  • 204 pages
  • $9.99
He Lands In Palm Springs

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Father Joe Tierney was pastor of a large urban Catholic parish in the Midwest when he learned he was HIV+. The story of his diagnosis and its results is told in Father Tierney Stumbles.

Now Joe desperately wants to reconnect with his ex, Kenny, who currently lives in San Diego.

Joe's friend, Edward Brockton, finds Joe a job at a gay guest house in Palm Springs. On his first day in Palm Springs, Joe meets a young man of the streets, Oscar. Then Edward Brockton comes to visit. The man who owns the guesthouse, Cy, turns against Joe in an effort to keep Joe from Oscar.

The driving issue in the story: how will all the possible love connections resolve?

Reviews
Former Jesuit priest Shekleton (A Jesuit Tale, Father Tierney Stumbles) explores complex intersections of love, religion, and sexuality in his fast-paced, steamy second installment of the Father Tierney series. Joe Tierney, “HIV-positive and AWOL from his once-formidable life as pastor,” is on a quest to reunite with his ex-lover Kenny. After finding work at an idyllic gay guesthouse in Palm Springs, Joe finds his heartbreak falling to the wayside as he fosters new friendships and infatuations in the California sunshine. Casa Vista Oro seems like Father Tierney’s personal paradise—full of chiseled, attractive friends and lovers with a web of relationships and histories with each other—but complications soon arise.

Occasionally, ideas are repeated within paragraphs and from different characters’ perspectives, and sometimes conflicts are more told than shown, but these lapses are offset by the appeal of characters who openly acknowledge their seemingly “soap opera existence.” The romance and drama are complicated by each character’s complex relationship to their sexuality: some can be fully “out,” but some must keep their sexuality hidden for the sake of job security and comfort.

Shekleton shifts perspectives frequently, providing a look into each character’s inner thoughts and motivations. Readers may struggle to keep track of the many characters at first, but the author successfully differentiates their voices. Shekleton also provides positive depictions of healthy, safe sexual relationships between people living with HIV. By the novel’s delicious climax, it’s unclear who will end up with whom, but readers can be certain that this sunny novel is a treat.

Takeaway: Romance fans will love this tender, fun look into gay life in Palm Springs.

Great for fans of: Victor J. Banis’s C.A.M.P. series, George M. Johnson, Mathew Rodriguez.

Production grades
Cover: A+
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 1935751689 B08GB9N7H3
  • 204 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1935751687 B08GB9N7H3
  • 204 pages
  • $9.99

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