Most people would look at Derek and say he d made it in life A fun job, a handsome boyfriend, and an exciting life in New York City But one night, staring at his reflection in the window of the subway as it barrels down Lexington Avenue, Derek realizes he s fooling himself and everyone else, too.Derek gets off the train and goes home Only not home to his tiny ManhattanMost people would look at Derek and say he d made it in life A fun job, a handsome boyfriend, and an exciting life in New York City But one night, staring at his reflection in the window of the subway as it barrels down Lexington Avenue, Derek realizes he s fooling himself and everyone else, too.Derek gets off the train and goes home Only not home to his tiny Manhattan apartment, but home to Tennessee which is definitely not NYC.Home to his family and to all the other people he knows, or thinks he knows, and who think they know him.Home to football games, and dive bars, and high school buddies who have known him forever.Home to old situations and to new possibilities.At turns lighthearted, poignant, and surprising, Home Is a Fire is a delightful read for anyone who believes that whoever said You can t go home again was mistaken It s just not exactly how you pictured it.
Home is a Fire Most people would look at Derek and say he d made it in life A fun job a handsome boyfriend and an exciting life in New York City But one night staring at his reflection in the window of the subway
Well, this was a very pleasant surprise for me indeed. A completely new author and a book I purchased some time ago because it looked interesting and with the best intentions to get around to reading it eventually. Well, it has only taken me the best part of six months but I’m delighted to say, better late than never, I'm so happy that I have now read this wonderful story.The first thing I have to mention is the author’s narrative style. It was perfect for me, not overly flowery and descript [...]
3.5 debut-stars A good debut for a new M/M writer.I stumbled over this one, and was intrigued. Derek, a young man who could've had everything he wanted, leaves his life and love in New York behind and goes home. Means back to the South, his mother and curious Uncle, a bunch of true friends and most importantly, getting away from his fiancé. And he loves it, all of it. The food, the language, the nights out with his friend and his new job as a teacher. The only blib on his negativity-radar? His [...]
A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsI don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that there is some angst within the pages of Home is a Fire. Angst really isn’t my thing, so I started to become a little uncomfortable. Of course, I knew that Derek and Luke would find their way back to each other, but their path was full of obstacles, and I was feeling the same anxiety they were feeling.This book has some of the best background characters I’ve ever read. Derek’s mom is adorable. His friend [...]
I'm impressed with the guts it takes to write and self-publish a first novel. I found his depictions of a small Southern town dead-on. the story is well paced. I liked the emotions surrounding a new love. I would have liked Derek to have taken a moment to self reflect-- why all the running? Why the need to jump from one relationship to the next?
I can't wait to see how this character develops! the timing of this book is perfect. A homecoming to examine the past and future, just as the South begins to examine the same.
3.5 stars I enjoyed it but can't help thinking that some things were rushed and I would've liked to read more about them - (view spoiler)[like Barry, and more page-time for Derek and Luke. (hide spoiler)]
3.5 Stars rounded up.
Just what I needed! A southern Tales of The City!
Predictable events, copious tired stereotypes, poor dialog where supposedly best friends use each others’ names over and over very difficult to take seriously.
I got this after reading Mark's review at SGR and I'm glad for it now!Derek is drama! It is his job and its how he is - and I loved it!I found this book to have a fresh, light style which made it easy to read.The theme is going home - and Derek goes from NYC back to Parkville, Tennessee and pretty much reverts back to the high school horrors - literally in his new job and physically in his actions. All the drama remember - and all with a wry humour that I loved. Yes, he was a bit like an eager p [...]
Best. Book. Ever. This book surprised me with its honesty. The real and raw emotions of the characters, the genuineness of the setting , and the treatment of the story was simply wonderful. Cannot wait for the next book by this great author!!
Loved Derek , his friends and the captivating journey to find Home and stop running away! "Home isn't always easy."
Full review to come
This book is super cute. Loved it.
3.5 rounded up. Predictable but not a bad read. Massive missed chance in opening scene.