- Book Title: The Hearts of Yesteryear
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Vivien Dean
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (August 6, 2016)
- Book Length: 81 pages
- Genre: Romance, Gay Romance, Contemporary
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 5 Star and a Highest Recommendation
The Hearts of Yesteryear is a novella with the emotional punch and gravitas of one of my most favorite movies of all time, The Last Picture Show.
With uncertain futures, and no template by which to balance their complex relationship, two young men separate, leaving behind anger, frustration and bone-crushing hurt. Fifty years later, when the theater in the town where they grew up is restored to its former glory, John, the actor with a long and distinguished career, must come to terms with painful memories and the dawning realization that time has finally played him false.
What John never expects is to come face-to-face with the man who had abandoned him when he’d been most vulnerable. His unplanned reunion with his best friend Frank is poignant and gut-wrenching, and their halting journey toward reconciliation will engage your every sense, unlock your heart and bring a tear to your eye.
The writing is wonderfully intelligent, the characterizations wrought with a masterful hand, and the blending of past and present elevates this tale of love transcending all to a story you will want to revisit time and again.
I give this a very enthusiastic Five Stars and a highly recommended read.
Throughout his career, actor John Paravati has stuck with what he told the gossip rags — he’s been in like, in lust, even in respect once or twice, but never love. All he’s ever cared about is performing. If he’s stuck now doing commercials for cruise lines, at least it’s better than shilling adult diapers.
But Hollywood pretends, and John is a master. Because once upon a time, he loved two things more than anything — his best friend Frank and the movie palace he used as sanctuary.
Over fifty years ago, John ran away from his hometown. Now, someone has restored the theater he left behind, and they want John at its relaunch. The memories still sting, but he agrees to attend, even though it means dealing with heartache. At seventy-seven, he’s too old to hold onto the hurt. The question is, however, is he too old to start over once it’s gone?