Blurb: Raphael doesn’t believe in a higher power, or in anything, for that matter. After the death of his son, his life shattered, Raphael regrets that he didn’t lie about some perfect paradise, and he pushes away everything that once mattered to him—his lover, his job, his reputation as a top architect.
Then he meets Brian, a homeless, maybe hopeless kid, a street kid. When he disappears, Raphael realizes that he cannot fail another person, and he launches a full-out search.
What he finds both breaks his heart and begins to heal it. The price of saving Brian is high, maybe too high.
But Raphael is no stranger to sacrifice, and he’ll risk everything to save Brian and reunite with the man Raphael now loves. The question is—how?
Like the architecture of the opera house Raphael designs, the steps to regaining his life will depend not just on careful planning, but faith, hope, and maybe just the magic of love.
Review: I really wasn’t a fan of this one, which is sad because the beginning of the book was incredibly heart wrenching.
Once I got past that part, it was a real struggle at times to follow along. The dialog just didn’t flow in a natural conversational rhythm and there were word choices and phrases used that seemed really off. I’d guess that English is not the author’s first language and, based on the author blurb in the back and the fact that this author’s homeland is Sweden, those issues are potentially the difference between cultures and countries.
The struggle to follow or get over term or phrase hiccups made it difficult to really connect emotionally with the characters. Some of the situations seemed extremely far fetched, even ridiculous at points. The deeper into the book I got, the less in tune I was with what was going on. In a few places, the plot timeline seemed out of order and there were several things that were flat out, word for word repeated at different points in the story, which became annoying.
I liked the basis of the story, but just not the follow through and how it was fleshed out.