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Small Town Sonata (Bob-O-Link’s Review)

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Title: Small Town Sonata (Dreamspun Desires #87)
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 6th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second Chance
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Can the trusted town handyman rebuild a broken pianist’s heart?

When a freak accident ends Aiden’s career as a world-renowned classical pianist, he retreats to his New Hampshire hometown, where he finds the boy he liked growing up is even more appealing as a man.

Dean Cooper’s life as handyman to the people of Springhaven might not be glamorous, but he’s well-liked and happy. When Aiden drifts back into town, Dean is surprised to find the bond between them as strong as ever. But Aiden is distraught over the loss of his career and determined to get back on the international stage.

Seventeen years ago Dean made a sacrifice and let Aiden walk away. Now, with their romance rekindling, he knows he’ll have to make the sacrifice all over again. This time it may be more than he can bear.


Nice people, simple story, HEA. What more can a reader want? Small Town Sonata is successfully designed to fully satisfy the romance readers’ quest for the romantic.

Mr Fessenden has constructed a tale that’s so much better than some generic depiction of a second chance at love. This novel introduces us to two young men who, as adolescents, passed an opportunity at love because one, teenaged Aiden, set out with tremendous talent and ambition, to fulfill them in the world of classical performance. Both Aiden, and Dean, the fellow left behind, haven’t failed at love – they’ve just missed the opportunity to build on the gift of its youthful promise.

The sweet story, despite the page count, really feels like a quick read. We are rapidly immersed into the minds and hearts of two special men who are struggling to fix their errors and explore whether a different future than planned can be equal to their dreams. Both Aiden and Dean, fully drawn, are becoming men we might actually know and recognize. Their questions and troubles genuinely strike our chords: their ultimate solutions are those we want for them. Along the way, as the reader observes how these two very different adults now can still grow with and into each other. Aiden is world-wise, but seeks to retreat from that world for a while. Dean is a more basic country boy. (Listening to Aiden play piano, Dean acknowledges that he “had no idea whether Aiden had missed any notes – Aiden would’ve had to belch in the middle of it or jump up and plant his ass on the keyboard for Dean . . .”) oh, but how their adolescent sexual awakening, experienced as teenagers, now comes (sic) roaring back with a vengeance.

Thank you Mr Fessenden! The details of their sexual physicality are nicely, if lightly, presented as to be suitably appropriate to the novel’s tenor. The reader will not be disappointed.

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