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Title: Taking Stock
Author: A. L. Lester
Message to Readers: Taking Stock is a bit out of the ordinary for me – it’s set on the same farm as an earlier story, Inheritance of Shadows, set in 1919 and very firmly part of my paranormal Lost in Time world. I wanted to revisit the farm, but as the story grew, it became obvious that I was using it to work out some of my emotions about a stroke my mother had in November 2019, and articulate my feelings about my own disabilities and the things they prevent me from doing. It’s turned out to be a very gentle love story rather than the more suspenseful, paranormal things I usually write. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for hosting me here today.
It’s 1972. Fifteen years ago, teenage Laurie Henshaw came to live at Webber’s Farm with his elderly uncle and settled in to the farming life. Now, age thirty-two, he has a stroke in the middle of working on the farm. As he recovers, he has to come to terms with the fact that some of his new limitations are permanent and he’s never going to be as active as he used to be. Will he be able to accept the helping hands his friends extend to him? With twenty successful years in the City behind him, Phil McManus is hiding in the country after his boyfriend set him up to take the fall for an insider trading deal at his London stockbroking firm. There’s not enough evidence to prosecute anyone, but not enough to clear him either. He can’t bear the idea of continuing his old stagnating life in the city, or going back to his job now everyone knows he’s gay. Thrown together in a small country village, can Phil and Laurie forge a new life that suits the two of them and the makeshift family that gathers round them? Or are they too tied up in their own shortcomings to recognise what they have? A 1970s historical gay romance peripheral to the Lost in Time universe. Stand alone, not paranormal.
It’s 1972 and Laurie is a farmer with a problem. He’s had a stroke and he can’t work his farm alone any more. Phil is running away from London and the professional suspicion that surrounds him at his City job. They’re both alone and unsure what the future holds. Can they forge a new life together with their makeshift found family in Laurie’s little village?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Writer of queer, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense. Lives in the South West of England with Mr AL, two children, a badly behaved dachshund, a terrifying cat and some hens. Likes gardening but doesn’t really have time or energy. Not musical. Doesn’t much like telly. Non-binary. Chronically disabled. Has tedious fits.
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