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Ed is a closeted gay man in his late 20's, living alone in a small Indiana town, making his living as a freelance handyman for older neighbors and family friends, and wondering if he is doomed to grow old alone. Then, one day, he notices Rick, the new postal letter carrier on his route, who is very much his idea of the perfect man. With the help of a friend who sends him a certified letter (so Rick will have to come to the door to have Ed sign for it), they meet and start a relationship neither one of them dreamed would ever happen. He learns that Rick moved from Indianapolis in order to help his recently divorced sister with her three young children, and dating must come second to them for a while. As the couple gets to know each other better, they realize they have indeed found their kindred spirit and lifetime love, but wonder what will happen if word of their relationship becomes common knowledge in such a small, conservative town.
A humorous, heartwarming and affirming novel, which refreshingly portrays a small town blue-collar gay couple, practically unheard of in gay men's literature. A bit long (324 pages) and perhaps too syrupy-sweet and unrealistic for some cynical readers, but it's about time there was a novel about a gay couple in love without having to overcome a gauntlet of violence, deceit or disease. I give it four stars out of five.