Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley

Comfort and Joy Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can certainly relate to this novel, as I suspect many males in long term spousal relationships can do. I too had to choose between my spouse (of 30 years) and my parents. This book ends with such a choice made by Ford, leaving the future to the experience of the reader. It took about 5 years before my parents came around to accept us completely and now give Chris their love, always ask about him. Sometimes, I even think they like him better than me 🙂 He has become like an adopted son to them. But we had to be persistent in our stance that we are a couple and do things together, even visiting out parents on holidays.

Grimsley is a wonderfully poetic writer, His words flow off the mind’s tongue making for a delightful readability.

Experiencing Ford and Danny’s developing relationship, and the “slings and arrows” of male-male relationships reminded me of all the work, ups and downs Chris and I have experienced over the last 30 years. It had the effect of reminding me how much I love him and really why. And, for all you out there who have trouble understanding Gay relationships, sex is a relatively minor part of long term relationships, whether gay or straight.

All in all, a delightful book relevant to Gay couples as well as relatives and friends of Gay couples.

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