Seasons of Change

Author: Carolyn LeVine Topol

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: August 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4


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Andrew Klein has lost the love of life, his fiancé Mitchell Rosen in a terrible train accident. He is completely devastated and he can’t imagine that he will ever recover. Andrew has been disowned by his orthodox Jewish family for being gay and for choosing to practice a more conventional type of Judaism. In an effort to forget his pain, Andrew throws himself into his rabbinical studies.

Andrew is not completely alone. With the support of his friends and Mitchell’s mother who has adopted Andrew as her own, he slowly begins to heal. When Andrew runs into Jake, he recognizes him as the nurse who took care of Mitch in the hospital. The two men quickly form a strong friendship. As time passes, Andrew cannot deny his attraction to or his deepening feeling for the other man. Can he overcome his grief in order to take a second chance on love?

I think anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one can relate to what Andy is going through. I certainly did. The author does a wonderful job of depicting Andrew’s grief in a moving and realistic manner. His relationship with Jake is also very well done. Its progression feels natural and honest. I enjoyed following them on their journey from a tentative friendship to boyfriends to partners a great deal. Andy is supported by a few good friends but especially by Mitch’s mother Clare. I adored her. She is warm and loving. She gives Andrew the unconditional love of a parent that he desperately needs. I also gained some interesting insights into the Jewish faith and traditions, a subject which I knew almost nothing about before I read this novel. SEASONS OF CHANGE by Carolyn LeVine Topol is a powerfully written novel about loss and rediscovering love.

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