What a refreshing and timely book. Meet Sin, and Charlie they are victims of violent gay bashing crime. In fact this is the second time for Sin and this time the perpetrators came back to finish the job; Charlie happened to be there. Both men were injured but Sin’s wounds were extensive.
Izzy van Swelm, takes a very serious subject but tells it beautifully. This tale is not heavy handed, nor does this book leave you with the feeling that you had been forced to watch animal rescue commercials. Sin’s story is told raw, un-hurried, or glossed over. The events change the worlds of not only the victims but also their careers, friends and families. This one threatens to tear this family apart.
Sin meets Gabe the wonderful nurse who met him in the hospital who helped him through his extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Sin is not a victim or a “diva in distress”. He is not a quitter so Sin makes a conscious choice to allow the circumstances to transform him, because of that courage; he discovers the remarkable person who was there all along.
The quality that sold me on the book is the genuine empowering honesty and laugh out loud wit. It is a captivating love story. Sin is just a normal guy. He is not the perfect “twink” or the centerfold “leather-man”. He is somewhere in the middle and he embraces that light and lets it shine without apology. This vulnerable quality makes Soul-mate for Sin both a beautiful and endearing story. I found myself nursing the last of the book because I did not want it to end.
The effects of an attack on SIN, a twenty-nine year old University lecturer, reach out further into his future than SIN could ever imagine. In a story, which seems doomed to start with an end, SIN learns about the forever kind of love, and how family is not just biological. ‘Soul-Mate for SIN’ shows how twists of fate can take a loving, but ordinary family, from a small market town in Lincolnshire, England and turn them into something extraordinary.
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Izzy van Swelm is English, but took her Mother in Law’s maiden name as a pen name. Izzy dreams of a world where all sentient species have rights and respect. A world where LGBTQ lovers and friends, old and young, can walk holding hands meeting nothing more than the occa-sional affectionate eye roll. A world where intelligence, gentleness and compassion are the overwhelming attributes of politicians, and religion is practiced by those who believe, but never forced on those who do not.
Izzy is a romantic, a dreamer, a vegetarian and just a little eccentric. Izzy writes because she loves to tell stories, and she hopes that her stories will bring happiness, enjoyment and maybe to some…a little hope.