Sunday, September 28, 2014

HOUSE CALL by Jane Davitt

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 6/25/14
ISBN: 978-1-61040-762-5
MM, contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4

Dr. Paul Jackson has moved to the country to assist a very busy older practitioner. He’s getting a feel for the job and coming to know the regular patients, but refuses to let anyone know he’s gay because he doesn’t think people in a small country town will accept a gay doctor.

Steve Parker has returned to town to care for his dying grandfather, who has refused to go to hospital. Steve is shattered at how close to the end his beloved grandfather is. It’s another shock to his system when he realizes he knows Paul as well.

This is a very well written story. Ms. Davitt draws the reader in with compelling descriptions and strong emotions. There is an incredible amount of depth in the story. Layers of conversations, levels of history and the past between the various characters, plus the usual complications, blessings and curses of small-town life.
Even the weather is like an extra character throughout the book. There are some excellent lines where the author gives deep characterization so aptly in just a few words. One I really likes was, “It looked like stubborn and stupid ran in his family”. Simple, yet profound and absolutely pertinent.

The second person intrusions annoyed me. I know it’s a British habit, and the author was born there, but these characters are American and it didn’t seem right for them. Nevertheless, this is still a very good read full of deeply overflowing emotions and characters that are very real and appealing.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to review and the thoughtful feedback. I know authors aren't supposed to comment but I was intrigued by what you said about second person intrusions. If it's something I'm doing without realizing it, that doesn't match the US setting, I'd like to fix it for later books, but I'll confess I'm not sure what they are :-)
Jane Davitt