Title: Frozen ( A Prodigal Story)
Author: AM Arthur
Love thaws the coldest heart.
At fifteen, Lee Mitchell and Roman Carmichael are sure their fledgling relationship can survive any heartache or hardship—until a spring canoeing trip ends with Lee in the hospital and Roman missing. With his memories of that final, tragic trip gone, Lee spends the next ten years building a life around the river where he lost Roman, existing on the hope that one day he’ll find a clue as the fate of his first love.
During a late March snowstorm, Lee finds a stranger wandering the road and offers him a ride. Lee’s shock and confusion at discovering this stranger is Roman, older and confused by his long absence, is fast tempered by relief and joy. But Roman isn’t back to stay, and as they work to repair the fractured pieces of their past, the emerging truth of the night Roman disappeared may be the one thing that their enduring love cannot overcome.
When you read this story expect the unexpected, be ready for a twist, because I believe once you think you have it figured out, you won’t and that’s what makes this story as good as it is. The story is done in the 3rd person, through a flashback of sorts. At the start Lee, one of the main characters is driving home during a snow storm, he sees someone walking, barely dressed for the winter, never mind the storm that’s happening, walking alongside the road, and at first Lee passes the stranger and continues home, however once he gets there he feels guilt and quickly grabs a jacket, a blanket, and he heads back out in the storm to help the stranger.
Lee lives alone in the home he grew up in, he along with two friends run River Adventures and Guided Tours on the same river where fifteen year old Lee lost his best friend and boyfriend in a horrible river accident. Lee insists on being the man in the water, he finds himself drawn to it, and he feels closer to Roman when he’s in the water. Roman went missing one afternoon when the two were in the river, he was never heard from again. For ten years the man, whose body was never found, Lee never gave up hope. And on that night, during the snowstorm, Lee’s past comes back to him.
I can go on and on with this review but I’d give it away and that’s the last thing I want to do. I have to say that the ending really caught me off guard, as it has anyone who has read it. The story is well done, great characters, and a great plot.
Reviewed By: Michele