Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Homeless for over two years, Merl has hunkered down to endure a second winter in Eden, Colorado. He has lost the ability to trust or accept kindness as anything but a sneaky attempt to weaken for an attack. He sells aluminum cans and other trash to survive, knowing he should attempt to get back into the mainstream but he lacks the will to try.
Nate has led a sheltered and privileged life as the only child of wealthy older parents, now deceased. He is working on a photo journalism piece about the homeless people in Eden when he first encounters Merl. The big man impresses him so much that when an early blizzard hits, he goes back to the camps try to bring Merl and others to shelter in his own home.
Can he win Merl’s trust and cooperation in an effort to provide positive long term help to other homeless people in the area? Even more important, can he forge a real partnership with the suspicious older man?
This story left quite a bit to be desired for me. It was written well but I just think it needed more depth and length to get me to connect to it. The story is honest about some homelessness in the world but I felt that it romanticized trying to help.
Nathan is apparently so taken with his very short interaction with Merl that he risks everything to bring others into his home. I don’t know if it was supposed to be a life altering experience for him but it just seemed to jump the gun on why he was doing it. Merl pushes him away but quickly changes his mind and suddenly they are talking about long term without anything else really happening. I just felt that this was a quick jump into bed and it didn’t feel like it could really be long term and at the same time we weren’t given too much to connect with the characters.
The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice but I didn’t feel it showed the characters well.
ebook, 49 pages
Published: August 4, 2018 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English