GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 35,415 words
It's 1972. Fifteen years earlier, teenage Laurie Henshaw came to live at Webber's Farm with his elderly uncle and settled in to the farming life. Now thirty-two, Laurie 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 who gathers round them? Or are they too tied up in their own shortcomings to recognise what they have?EXCERPT:Note: may contain sexually explicit scenes of a homoerotic nature.
A.L. Lester, once again, had me mesmerized from the very first chapter. I absolutely enjoyed “Taking Stock”. The storyline and characters just have a certain magic and their love of the land makes it feel very much a part of the “Lost In Time” series.
Phil McManus just broke up with a cheating, gold digging boyfriend and his job as a stockbroker takes a dive. Luckily for Phil he has two good friends in Percy Wright and Adrian Framlingham. In desperate need of a lawyer, Adrian takes Phil’s case. With nothing left in London for Phil, he leaves and rents Caster’s Cottage in a small village miles away.
Laurie Henshaw lives at Webber’s Farm, which has been in existence for over two hundred years. His Uncle Matty and long time partner Rob Curland both lived on the farm until their passing. Laurie, as a troubled teen, was taken in by his Uncle Matty and the farm was entrusted to him. Laurie is now struggling with the fate that has befallen him. He’s dealing with so many mixed emotions a