From the beginning let me say this: Disappear With Me is full of religion. Many Bible verses and references are used. If you are not bothered by very heavy religious references, this book is really quite good! But this book is also very sad and heart-wrenching.
The book tells the story of Leander Norris. It is told from the point of view of a man who is being charged with sodomy in the UK at the beginning of the 20th Century. Sodomy is still very much illegal, and even though there are people who are starting to change their attitudes, and question the laws, this has not happened yet, and puts Reverend Norris directly in the crosshairs of the law. Added to the sodomy charge is the fact that it was an adulteress affair with a married man.
The story is told in flashbacks as the court appearance is in process. It takes over two years for the case to be prosecuted and decision of innocence or guilt to be determined. The flashback range from when he was very young, when he had his first love, his long-term relationship that ended very tragically, and his jailing and the problems he has while being held.
It also somewhat deals with the law at that time, and the quandary of the prosecuting and defending solicitors as they wrestle with what to do with this case. Also, the jury and the long deliberation that was necessary to come to a decision.
But the heaviest influence in the story is religion. There are a lot of verses quoted and discussions of how religion plays a part in this case. Many of the verses are good to know for gays, because with all the hate that is spewed in the name of religion, it gives hope that religion is not necessarily against homosexuality, and counters many of the verses that are quoted to condemn us. It was heart lifting at points to have these to read. It also shows the misinformation and lies that have been promulgated through time to justify the hatred and condemnation of same sex relationships.
The story is heartwarming, filled with love and hope, and hatred and pain. It is really a story of emotional opposites. Your heart is warmed and then ripped out. There were tears in my eyes, and at other points, happiness in my heart. It really was a wonderful story that kept me enrapt and reading as much as my eyes and sleeplessness would allow until I HAD to put it down.
Book Description Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?
In 1910, the United Kingdom was in turmoil. King Edward died after only nine years on the throne. The social class system that upheld British society for centuries was being chipped away by social, political, and economic unrest across the Commonwealth. Amidst this backdrop, Reverend Leander Norris is accused of sodomy. After discovering his own self-worth and unconditional love, Leander finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right and pleads not guilty to the charges. Throughout the trial, Leander’s past is revealed, including the temptations that bring the accusations against him. By the end of the trail, Leander is once again reunited with a romantic interest from the past by the end of the trial; it may be too late to rekindle any love that might remain, given the circumstances of the era and Reverend Leander’s likely sentence.
Disappear With Me was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by GGR-Review