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REVIEW: As the Crows Fly – A.L. Lester

As the Crows Fly - A.L. Lester

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Paul Webster has come out the army after a twenty-two year stretch with a trick hip and no idea what to do with his life. He takes a few weeks walking along the Welsh coast to get his head on straight.

Kevin Davies is a veterinary nurse and an artist. He’s getting lonelier and lonelier in his cottage on the edge of the sea, kept company by his cats and a friendly flock of crows.
What happens when the two men hunker down together to wait out a wild March gale?

A 11,500-word short story in the Reworked Celtic Myths series. This time, there are crows.

The Review

Kevin Davies is a young man who seems to have his life together. He has his own cottage on a beautiful strip of beach. He loves to draw, and made the right decision for a career as a veterinary nurse. He also has a way with Grackle and the local murder of crows, but his life is a lonely one.

Paul “Web” Webster served twenty-two years in the military, until an accident left him with a bad hip and retirement. Not being able to settle down, he’s made a plan to try and find himself at the age of thirty-nine.

When Kevin’s old, temperamental car breaks down, he meets a stranger on the roadside.  As it’s getting later and they start to walk together, Kevin finds that Web is planning to wild-camp on his property. That’s not a problem for Kevin, but he just hopes Web cleans up after himself.

The next morning, Web sees Kevin and watches him with Grackle and the crows. It’s quite amazing. Kevin invites Web in for breakfast and they begin to talk again. Kevin can’t let Web leave – there’s a storm coming – and so he invites Web to stay with him.  Web is taken with Kevin when he sees the man’s artistic talent.  

When the storm has passed, Web has to make a decision. Will he take the easy out, or continue on his journey?

A.L. Lester brings another Celtic Myth to life with her own special twist. This is a short, feel good tale. Lester writes interesting and likable characters who keep me curious. Her description of the cottage, the storm, and the beautiful coastal landscape is very vivid and colorful.  The writing is perfect, using the Welsh language, words and phrases.

The first short story in Lester’s “Celtic Myth” tales is “Playing Chicken.” I really like these short stories, a relaxing break from reading many longer novels.  At the end of “As the Crows Fly,” A.L. Lester provides both Celtic Myths that gave her the idea for these wonderful, easy-to-read tales. I’m curious to see what the next “Celtic Myth” will be! 

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.