I now live alone at age 89 after having lost the love of my life in 2009. Since that time I have read literally hundreds of M/M romances. Few have moved me more deeply than "Running From My Heart."
Tragedy has taken its toll on the lives of both Ross and Arden, a movie director and an author, respectively. Neither believes that life offers much incentive any longer. Each, seeking escape from the memories and heartbreak of death and separation, finds himself in upstate New York in neighboring lakeside cabins.
Ross, the more outgoing of the two initially, seeks to cultivate a friendship with his neighbor but Arden is not so willing to engage in socializing, preferring to waller in the despair that has entered his world and destroyed his joy of living. Yet, Ross persists until Arden gives in accepts Ross' offer of friendship and companionship.
As their stories unfold and as their relationship begins to materialize, there is laughter, sorrow, beauty and joy. Theirs is a story of hope as well as the realization that life and love need not cease when seemngly endless grief caused by separation fills most of their waking moments. The ways in which each becomes the foundation of support and love, that the other so desperately needs, is heartwarming beyond measure. Secondary characters and a pair of ospreys have significant roles throughout.
This is a story I will re-read. I hope you will read it at least once.