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This is my first time reading anything by this author, and I was so pleasantly impressed. Her prose is tight, well-crafted poetry. I loved Lionel and Charlie, both wounded, but each recognizing the other as their "person" at first sight. I wish their story could continue, but it's a novela. But that doesn't mean I don't want more. I do! I enjoyed the historical garden setting and how Noone wove Lionel and Charlie's immediate attraction into passion, rain, tea, biscuits, history and flowers. The Hermit of Aldershill is a beautiful love story.
This book is full of magic...not real magic...but none-the-less, It's magical and full of fairy dust. Charley moves to England to a manor that is in his mind, enchanted and full of history. There to work at the manor to help get their history in order, he is so glad he took a leap of faith. Even in the rain he is overwhelmed with the magical beauty of the gardens. Now cold and wet, he needs rescuing from the rain. Lionel is just the man for the job. Strong and quiet, he is a caregiver, but Charles brings out that extra something in him and the two mesh together like the rain giving life to the garden. A short, sweet, magical, delightful story that you will want to read to lift your spirits.
Low angst 2 sweet men Adorable meet-cute Dual third person POV HFN
Wow this story was phenomenal! I smiled from page one until... Now. I'm still smiling now. This story is pure happiness wrapped in soft blankets and fire warmth. I fell in love instantly, much like Lionel and Charlie, but without that insta-love sugary-sweetness that can almost be too much at times. This was love-at-first-sight but without the blinders in place. These men were not only aware of their feelings but they were also aware of the "what if-?" possibilities, the doubts. Of course, those were low key and understandable so everything just felt **right** with this story.
The best part, in my opinion, was how Charlie and Lionel complimented one another. The Scholar and his Caretaker. Perfect halves; both so very different yet so naturally belonging together. The beautiful contrast of stem and petal. It was not made clear or stated outright but I feel as though Lionel falls a bit on the scale of neurodivergent. He thinks in logic and honesty, but with enough self awareness that he tries not to blunder his way through a conversation in case he says something socially unacceptable. Charlie sees this. Charlie appreciates this. Charlie does not make Lionel feel less because of this. **Sigh** Like I said, pure joy this book. I would gladly read a hundred stories about these two men experiencing their days together.