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Unspoken by R.A. Padmos

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Unspoken by R.A. Padmos

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About the Author
What’s there to tell about me? I’m a writer, and it has taken me most of my life to admit that, even 
if writing has been part of my life since forever. I’m a woman, married 
to the woman who asked me in October 1981 if I cared for a cup of tea… 
Now we have one marriage, two sons and five cats.
Publication Date
March 29, 2016
Filed on Personal Goodreads shelves: 2016 reads, 2016 Divine Magazine, male/male, romance, historical, darker/grittier
Sometimes a man has to choose between two very different kinds of love. But what if there is no real choice?

When Stefan meets Adri, it is love at first sight. It does, however, take some time before he recognizes his own feelings. He’s a married man—a family man—with a strong sense of responsibility. In Dutch society of 1935, sex between men over the age of twenty-one might be legal, but acceptance is still a long way off.

As a working-class man without a steady job, he doesn’t have the means to ignore society’s rules and create his own little paradise in which both he and his lover can be together, without his family having to suffer poverty and shame. Despite all this, the lovers find a way to carve out moments of intimacy and happiness.

Then the Germans march into Holland and nothing will ever be the same again. The occupation, which will last five long years, offers both danger and chances, but choices have to be made—choices of the head and choices of the heart. 

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of M/F intimacy.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Excellent read.
(Updated: March 14, 2016)
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Set in the run-up to, during and immediately after the Second World War, in Holland, we follow the love of a lifetime, a love that could get Stefan
 and Adri killed.

Stefan is a married man with three children. He loves his wife and his children. He has no job, The Depression has hit Holland hard. A question about the time turns Stefan's world upside down
and back to front. He realises that his love for his wife is not the same as that love he has for Adri. But he shouldn't feel these things for a man, should he??

I enjoyed this book. It's very different from my usual reads. I loved how, while his body gets with the programme real quick, it takes some time for Stefan's BRAIN to finally catch up. I
loved how he tries to rationalize it, to talk himself out of what he feels for Adri, and how miserably he fails at that. I LOVED Stefan's wife. She pulls a young Adri into their family, all the while, knowing 
just what is going on, but never letting on that she did.

I enjoyed (morbidly so) the way the book tells of the run-up to the war, in Holland. About how the war affected Stefan, Adri and the family life they try so hard to maintain. The fears the two men face. What it would mean for that family if Stefan ran away with Adri.

It's very well written, not overly explicit for a male/male read, but not a bad thing. It also has a couple of male/female scenes, again, not explicit, 
but needs to be mentioned for the die-hard male/male readers. It does get a bit difficult reading, when it talks of the hardship this family faces, during The Depression and the war. Because it makes you lucky for what we have, and that, we should never have to go through that.


We only get Stefan. Yeah, yeah yeah, I KNOW! I know. But I wanted to hear from Adri, and even the wife (sorry, the spelling of her name escapes me) Just even a little bit, from someone other than Stefan would have made this book a 5 star read, I'm certain of it.

so...4.5 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads,,, Barnes and Noble and Kobo upon release**
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