An Alisa Release Day Review: Chase This Light by Francis Gideon

Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

chase-this-light-by-francis-gideonWhen Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

 

Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason.

 

As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away.

 

This was a wonderful story.  Jason has uprooted his whole life to move to the Yukon when he is transferred for his job.  He can only hope that this move will give his son, Micah, a chance to grow after the loss of his mother and grandmother.

 

Jason and Pete meet when Jason brings Micah to the museum to get out of the house after the long move.  Pete and Jason both recognize the need to move slowly because of Micah and also what they are both looking for.  Micah is such a sweet boy, but not unnaturally so as I see in so many stories.

 

We see this story from both character’s points of view.  Jason has to deal with not only his own grief when he and Pete have a misunderstanding, but also Micah’s.  They both are willing to make compromises to help each other so that their relationship can grow.

 

Cover art by Bree Archer is perfect and I wouldn’t change anything.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 117 pages

Published: October 12, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634777582

Edition Language: English

Series: A World of Love Story

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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