People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.
This book is the very first book I’ve ever read by this author. So glad I read it because holy good story with an amazing writer! This story is so cute. It’s a quick read that I couldn’t put down. Edwin is adorable in his love for books, words, and etymology. I felt horrible for his low self-esteem and how he viewed himself. I kind of hated Marius for how he left but you can’t really help how you feel, or don’t feel. Adam was so well suited for Edwin. He didn’t push when Edwin was struggling with his stutter, yet let Edwin know he was safe with Adam. The neighbor Mrs. P was lovely and added color to the story. I absolutely LOVED the reference to Steps from the 90’s. Had to pull out some old CDs of mine after reading. However I certainly didn’t do the 5, 6, 7, 8 dance while reading Nope *innocent face* I would have loved to see another chapter or two with more development of the two men as a couple. However, they have a good solid foundation to build their relationship. I thought it very interesting that each chapter started with a different room of the house and how it’s changed since one of the owners left. My favorite thing about the story is how much of a wordsmith Alexis Hall is. You can absolutely tell how much thought goes into each word placement, and words are used in unique ways. Plus he has a fabulous comprehension of the evolution of language. Holy smokes I plan on reading more from him. You absolutely should too!
Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.
He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.
He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.
He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.
Where To Buy:
Riptide Publishing: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/waiting-for-the-flood