Title: Seeds of Tyrone, Book 2: Where the Grass is Greener
Author: Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Characters: Chancey , Seamus, and Dee
Genre/Sub Genre: Gay Fiction/international
Two Irish ranch men, Chancey and Seamus have a one night stand in America that sends Seamus fleeing back to Ireland out of an inability to say good-bye. Seamus is a few years younger than Chancey and he leaves behind Chancey, and his 13 year old daughter. Both men are made for each other but many complications arise to conspire keeping them apart. Then a family wedding is the perfect excuse to reunite both the men, daughter, and a young gay lodger that Seamus inherits out of necessity. Bigotry isn’t just an American trait.
After much pain, an ex-wife who is less than desirable and made worse by sudden musical fame, a very cranky confused daughter made worse by the mother, and a few Skype sessions between Seamus and Chancey that provides temporary relief for their need for each other, plans begin to form for a more permanent solution. The plans fall through because of Chancey’s responsibility for Dee who is not happy at the thought of leaving her life behind and moving to Ireland. Can the odds be overcome? Is happiness even possible with all of the landmines laying about, not to mention thousands of miles?
I found the story at first to be a little slow as well as an early serious editing problem that jerks you out of the story. I stuck with it though because I am an anglophile, and very glad that I did. After the first forty or so pages, the story starts to jell. This is a story really not only about two men falling in lust and love, but a little girl who is central to the story. This situation occurs too often in reality, and she is caught in the middle. How many divorces have left children in the care of one parent, who devotes much of his or her time to the care of their progeny? In spite of his intense love for his child, and the havoc it visits upon his love life, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
This unrequited love is complicated because of bi-sexuality; something else that is very common in real life. In other words, this entire story could be set in one country, or multiple countries. Interstate relationships are hard, let along international relationships which are almost impossible. Throw in an innocent but precocious child, and it’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the characters. The delightful angle of this story is precisely the international flavor of the Irish and their homeland, which I adore to begin with. This is a book that I recommend for a cold winter’s night in front of a fireplace. I won’t give away any of the finer details as it would ruin the story for those lucky enough to get their hands on it. Let’s just say, it left me smiling and that’s hard to do. I’m pleased to have read the work of two talented writers and hope they continue their collaboration. Oh, the ex-wife in this story, makes me very glad I’m totally gay.
Reviewed By: Patrick St. James