A gripping, easy ready tale
Title: . House of Broken Dreams
Author: . Byrd Roberts
Line/Publisher: . GLB
Release Date: 2003
ISBN: 1 879194 41 4
Interesting read Recommended 5 stars
Told in the first person by Strutwick Widdicombe Hall the tale begins in 1970 with the suicide of Strut’s father. Banker Oliver Hall embezzled a quarter million dollars before he shot himself dead. With the death of his father Strut is thrust into the role of man of the household. The household is used to enjoying all the perks that comes with wealth, and old social standing. The Widdicombe name is one of the oldest in Virginia. Strut, indeed all the Widdicombe’s have the bluest of blue blood flowing through their veins.
And what a household it is, mom Claire is not exactly bereft upon learning of the death of her husband, aunt Charlotte has been housed up on the third floor for years. Strut has never seen her. Brother in law Owen Flemming is horrified that his father in law has so ‘shamed the family,’ sister Carolyn loses all reason. Strut has a problem trying to find work, but Aunt Charlotte comes through in the most amazing manner. Before long Strut is well on his way to financial success. His personal life is a bit more traumatic.
In House of Broken Dreams writer Roberts presents a gripping, easy reading tale filled with enough detail that both the Norfolk and Lexington areas come alive on the page. From the opening lines right on down to the last surprise offered in the closing paragraph House of Broken Dreams holds the reader in its grasp. The Widdicombe house hides almost forgotten secrets no one wants revisited.
The well developed characters are interesting, often twisted and brutally established. Dialogue between the various players is plausible, acceptable and at times downright gritty. The most secure appearing relationships frequently come apart bringing momentary satisfaction but little lasting happiness. The reader cannot help but empathize with Strut as he endeavors to move his life forward despite heartache and sadness. House of Broken Dreams is an ingeniously drawn, enigmatic tale, providing a showcase for writer Roberts deft writing skills. Roberts has crafted a tale sure to enjoy a wide readership in both the gay and straight community. The project is at times puzzling, mysterious, and baffling all within a matter of paragraphs. This well written narrative is sure to entice the most discriminating reader with its representation of puissant motivations, treachery and lavishly drawn settings.
Enjoyed the read……… happy to recommend
Reviewed by: molly martin http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mollymartin