“Galaxies and Oceans” by N.R. Walker details the debilitating emotional and physical journey that Aubrey Hobbs has taken to get to the small town of Hadley Cove on a remote island. His unexpected connection to the lighthouse keeper evokes visions of a new life, as long as he can keep his old life buried.
This contemporary gay romance has beautiful lyrical descriptions and personable characters. The initial interactions between these two emotionally damaged men reminded me of the challenges of taming a feral cat and I ached for the trauma that would cause a person to take such a radical action and reinvent himself. The comparison of the sea and the stars in the sky is thought-provoking and leads to some fascinating philosophical statements. I like that each of these men has been through life’s crucible and has found a way to slowly find room to let someone else into his heart. The secondary characters are relatively superficially touched upon but it was heartwarming to see the evolution of attitudes toward Aubrey and the caring of those in the community. I’d love to see more of these folks and look forward to reading other stories by this talented author who paints such vivid word pictures.
Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.
Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.
Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.
Aubrey never expected to be happy.
Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.