Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall 4.5 Stars!!
People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything — and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.
Gah. This is novella is so good!
All the nerdy engineering stuff mixed in with book restorations and the the perfect etching of the setting.
The lyrical writing mixes in with exquisitely drawn characters. Gah. Just the best!
The shy, heartbroken caretaker of rare journal and everyday paper objects and the ginger civil engineer.
Such lovely flirting.
I wished for a longer timeline of the romance and more of an epilogue but really this is an amazing love story housed in the most lovely of writing.