Book Reviews

Waiting on the Rain by Freddy MacKay at Mischief Corner Books

Genre Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Trans* / Nonbinary / Fantasy / Gods/Godesses / Shapeshifters / Menage MMFF / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-February-2019

Book Blurb

One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises.
 
A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them.
 
Love isn’t always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don’t understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember.
 
When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loy Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that’s only the beginning…


Book Review

What a beautiful story! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the blurb, other than maybe an interesting and unusual adventure set in Thailand. There are several threads in this story, four main characters, the promise of an unconventional family, and lots of love. There are also amazing locations, lots of cultural details, some villains, and more than one surprise. The author’s note at the beginning of the book, in my opinion, is not to be missed because it does a great job as an introduction as well as setting the scene for what is to come. And I found the Thai cultural tidbits and other explanations, as well as several recipes, at the end of the book very enjoyable. In that sense, this book offers not just a fictional journey into Thai culture, but an excursion into some of the realities as well. Very well done!

The story is set in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom in northern Thailand. Two festivals add to the setting: Loi Krathong, the national Festival of Lights, where baskets with offerings are set in rivers to float away, and Yee Peng, local to northern Thailand, where khom loi (also known as sky lanterns) are released into the night. The combination of the two sounds truly magical and created the perfect ambiance for all the other fantastical revelations that happen as events unfold. And that is all I will say – it is well worth reading this story to find out more!

While Jira is the main character, and the one who turns out to be the most intriguing for many reasons, his best friend, Boon, holds a close second place. They have been secretly in love with each other for years – and I am not giving anything away here because it is obvious (to anyone but the two of them!) from page one how much love they share and how afraid they are to say anything for fear of ruining their friendship. It takes them meeting a local artist named Areeya and her girlfriend, a trans woman by the name of Fon, to realize that they have been stuck for ten years and have no idea how to move forward. With the new dynamic that unfolds between the four of them, things begin to crystallize but also take a whole new shape. It’s one of the best polyamory relationships I have ever seen in fiction.

If you like cultural adventures in unusual settings, if you think families can be made by choice as well as by nature, and if you’re looking for a compelling read with a supernatural touch that has quite a few twists and turns, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It is an intriguing blend of “old” and “new”, of ancient myths and modern-day reality.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 218 pages/52000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-February-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/waiting-on-the-rain.html