September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11's, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
"Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn't yours."
Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur's fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.
When I began reading this book, I almost didn't continue past the first pages. I had a bit of trouble getting engaged in the story for awhile. I don't think that it was the author's fault. I think it was that my mind was elsewhere.
As often is the case at the beginning of a new year, I enjoy reading about people's favorite reads from the previous year. This book wound up on so many favorite's lists that I had to see what it was all about.
I consider it to be highly character driven and I love Suanne Laqueur's writing. Beautiful. Her writing makes me wish I could write half as good as she does. The descriptions, the feels. OMG. The relationships, the family dynamics, the ... everything. I honestly can't think of anything about the book that I didn't like. Heartbreaking and joyous between the covers. I can't wait to read more of this author's work.