Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.
As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.
But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.
Ahava Is Love (World of Love) by Avery Duran is one man’s journey to find himself, exploration why he repeats the patterns that has him stuck in life and try to move forward. Of course, on this path, he happens to find that one man he’s been looking for. Avery Duran has done a marvelous job with bringing not only his characters to life (Josh and company are terrific) but also connecting the reader to their love of their religion and deep feelings for Israel, the setting for the story. Josh is active in his local temple and when a chance to chaperone a trip (it’s actually more than that) to Israel arrives just when he most needs a change in his life, he jumps at it. Duran is excellent is pulling us into Josh’s issues, as Josh is the narrator who looks at himself in a dry, self deprecating outlook. He’s more than aware of his faults, yet seems to overlook his good ones too. Luckily, the author shows us those through the eyes of his traveling companions/soon to be great friends.
Yaron seems to perfect at the start, thank goodness the author brings a poignant reality to this character, allowing him his own deep issues that almost derail his relationship with Josh. The sights the groups visits, the rituals they do as a whole that brings them all closer together just makes this story such a gem. The author really brings the sights, sounds and locations alive for us.
All the characters here are one I grew extremely fond of, not just the main ones of Josh and Yaron. They are so lively, bright and real that they go beyond that of secondary character and become those of family. What a joy it was to spend time with them as it was with the main couple.
Ahava Is Love is beautifully written, full of great characters, a setting with deep meanings for all those involved and an ending you will adore. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read more by this author.
C0ver art by Reese Dante is great. Perfect for the character and great on the background.
ebook, 110 pages
Published July 5th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press