Their Own Hidden Island (Golden Gate Love Stories) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/5/2
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Monday, March 17, 2003
Dr. Robert Jenkins is nervous. He's been asked to meet with the two richest gay men in the world. They're a couple, in their early 80s, and they have a very important task for Bob: head out to the South Pacific and discover why a coral reef is dying.
On the way, Bob meets Mario Ossler who's the skipper of a boat that will take him on the last leg of his long journey to the middle of nowhere. Mario has beautiful green eyes, wildly untameable red hair, and an erratic personality to match his sexy good looks. Bob is leery of working with the big man who, at first, seems to be nothing more than an over-sensitive bully.
Just as they arrive at their dropping-off point, they discover that a typhoon is bearing down on their location. Deciding to ride out the storm in the harbor of an uncharted island, Bob is forced to deal with painful memories from not only his past but from Mario's as well.
Once the storm passes, the island begins to reveal its hidden secrets and turns out to be where real love finally finds a place in Bob's life and in his heart and in a way that is beyond what he ever imagined possible.
Golden Gate Love Stories are all about the lives and loves of men who fall in love with each other and find the one they were waiting for.
Set in the same universe as the Nick Williams Mystery Series, these love stories focus on the men who come together, find true love, and really do live happily ever after.
The trick here is that the important task isn’t entirely what he thinks it is.
We are on warmly familiar ground here, except that Nick and Carter are octogenarians. Otherwise, they are the men we have known and loved since the late 1940s. As always, there are ulterior motives in their largesse, but Dr. Jenkins knows nothing of this until he finds himself trapped in a tiny harbor of a tiny island with Mario Rossler, the big, wild-haired redhead who seems ready to kill him or kiss him depending on the moment. Jenkins is a damaged soul, and doesn’t know what to make of the green-eyed Italian Viking. But Mario, for all his size and strength, is a sad, scared man.
Yeah, the coral reef isn’t really the point. And, for those who know Nick and Carter, the island begins to seem familiar, too. It is a brilliant, pulsing presence in this story, and surprisingly funny. More importantly, the second and third books of the Golden Gate Love Stories series give us critical details about the future (i.e. our present). Bob and Mario are important, even if they don’t know it.
At this point in reading Butterfield’s books, I realized that Nick and Carter could have been my friends. They were in their early fifties when I came out at 20 in 1975 and went to San Francisco with my boyfriend (now my husband of 43 years). We could have known them, and I’m pretty sure they would have loved us as they love all their vast gay family. Ah, but they’re not real. And that really breaks my heart.
This is a very well written and heart-warming story with some very original ideas. Definitely a five star read.