Welcome to another GA Review post. My story review this week is Home by Nephylim. Nephylim is a signature author on GA and can be found all over the GA site. Nephylim is also a published Author. Her books can be found on Amazon and other popular sites. Check out her blog to find out more about what she has available. She writes under the names Nephy Hart and Cheryl Headford.
Her Author Bio says:
Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.
Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.
Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.
It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.
In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, hamster and two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art
Cheryl writes books with gay characters for teenagers and new adults, often with difficult themes and a lot of soul searching, although sprinkled with a whole lot of humour albeit some of it dark.
Cheryl likes to write dialogue and has been told that her stories sometimes read like plays which she takes as a compliment. As her stories are very much character led she feels that the best she can hope for is that the readers can immerse themselves to the extend they become party to the conversations as if they were present and listening to the talk.
Home by Nephylim
Ryden’s home. His mother’s very happy about it. If only he was actually there. Where’s Luke. If only she could find him everything would be alright.
First, I will issue a tissue warning, this story will have you in tears of sadness and happiness.
Ryden has been in an accident and it has left him very sick. He only has brief periods of being awake. When he is awake the only person he asks for is Luke. But, Ryden’s mum can’t get hold of Luke.
She calls his friends, and Lukes mum. They all seem to know something that she doesn’t, and no one wants to be the one to tell her.
When the reasons come to light I like the fact that Ryden’s mum doesn’t flinch from standing up and taking her son’s side. I was cheering when she found out why Luke hadn’t been around to see Ryden and she explodes spectacularly.
Ryden’s condition had me in tears for him and his mum. I don’t know what I would do if I had to sit and watch my daughter fighting to stay awake for even a few moments at a time. Nephy captures the agony and fear of the characters perfectly.
My only complaint about this story would be the length. I would have liked to have had more, but then I can be a greedy reader 🙂
A really well-written read, highly recommended. 4*s
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