Title: A Bell for Andy
Author: G.L. Roberts
Published: July 24, 2014
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Brian and Andy meet as students at the same Catholic school in Boston. They become fast friends and before long are inseparable. The two have many things in common, including what they learn is a set of the same recurring dreams. While it’s clear the two have affection for each other, they never share more than a kiss. And though they go to college together, Andy leaves early and loses touch with Brian. Their paths cross only a few times over the years that follow, but when Brian gets a call that Andy’s in the hospital, the truth about the bond they share and their dreams slowly starts to unravel revealing a mystery and love story that spans centuries.
Romance. Mystery. Paranormal. History. This story hit on all of those areas–which are ones I enjoy–and did so in a seamless and well-written way. This is honestly a complex story and it takes a skilled storyteller to put it down on the page. The story (well, stories) of Brian, Andy, and Marc are separate yet intertwining and revealing the details in just the right order was very important to both the mystery elements but also to the general build and flow of the plot. The characters are also very well-written. I found myself just as frustrated (though also slightly amused) with Andy as I’m sure Brian was at various points and even the characters that we only see once or twice have a real fullness to them.
G.L. Roberts did a wonderful job with this one and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good paranormal mystery romance.[Content warning: Suicide; discussions of past (non-graphic) violence]