Everyday History by Alice Archer

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If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you.

Everyday History by Alice Archer

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.


Review by Truus Vermeer-de Jong


Impressive poetic beautiful read. Extremely good. I’m gonna babble in this review because I feel internally heated by the beauty of this story and the way how this is written and my lack of English words. My God It touched and moved me so deep….I was overwhelmed….lost… Yes….thát good. It hit all my buttons.

Henry and Ruben……the mentor and the student

“Despite, during, and beyond the learning curve, he’s fearless. Instinctive. Majestic.”

Those sentences…just…wow…

“I’ve been waiting in desire’s wordless, reckless, thoughtless swirl since the first time his expressive mouth smirked”

When Ruben speaks “I’m away for the summer. After that, I’m not waiting any longer.” Henry only can nod. Three months later they found their way to each other.

It was like they gracious danced around each other telling stories, making love, eating, drinking.

A lot of passionate sensual passages but minimal sexual interactions to read, mostly by imagination or by memorizing. The sexual tension was outstanding. The tension so so sensual and beautiful..

But then follows what they both knew would happen….they separate…

My heart broke when they said goodbye..

The distance between them is large but the yearning is larger.

Henry starts writing and publishing his ‘everyday history’ and Ruben reads them, shocked and feels them in his soul. He memorized his days with Henry.

That’s what a great part of this book is about…the meaning of Henry’s ‘everyday history’ how they were born in his life, memorizing each other with longing and deep yearning reflections how they were together….so perfect….but both with other ultimate goals.

Henry wants a forever and knows Ruben is to young to give him that……and Ruben wants a forever but not now….he just starts to live…..

We can read his ‘everyday history’ ….beautiful in this story…..but I want them together and time flies…. I can’t wait the moment they will reconnect…..I’m impatient

Ruben’s life is spinning because everywhere he experience Henry and he is all he can think of.

And the only thing he has are memories.

Henry is living his life meeting people making progress and Ruben is shrinking and squirming through life. He is obsessed and learning about Henry who tells through his articles.

And o my God is there a story to tell…

Ruben has to redeem himself and he is afraid he is running out of time.

That’s where the searching for Henry starts and believe me that was a hell of a job.

Ruben tries everything and had help from his friends but it’s a slow process.

Sometimes I really wanted to scroll through the pages to go where they will finally meet, but I couldn’t it was to captivating, I was under the spell off….

It was horrible to keep them so long separated pure horror.

Finally….finally with an epic last part Henry and Ruben can hold each other….

My heart needs a home.”

There are some passionate breathtaking and heartbreaking parts that will hunt me for a long time. No lie….I even dreamed about it at night….touching parts…that made me cry…

It switches from Henry’s point of view to overview and that really works great.

Outstanding book with the most beautiful defined sentences you only can read sporadic.

A deep touching story that has to be read….!!

I love and hate the apple pie in this story

Meet Alice Archer

Alice Archer

Alice Archer has questions. Lots of them. Scheming to put fictional characters through the muck so they can get to a better place helps her find answers. Thankfully, the questions never end. She writes stories about men finding themselves and falling in love, because doing so feels like healing. She shares them with the hope that others might find some healing too.

Alice has messed about with words professionally for many years as an editor and writing coach. She’s pretty much drenched in words from dawn to dusk (and there are ink stains on the bedding).

After living in more than eighty places and cobbling together a portable lifestyle, she a lot of story material to sort through. It has reassured her to discover that even though culture and beliefs can get people into a peck of trouble when they’re falling in love, the human heart beats the same in any language.

Website: alicearcher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicearcherauthor

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