Icarus in Flight

Icarus in Flight James Ellsworth is a bit jaded especially for his young age He hates school and longs for his parents estate where life is far pleasant Meeting new schoolmate Daniel Courtney is a much needed distr

  • Title: Icarus in Flight
  • Author: Hayden Thorne
  • ISBN: 9781603703550
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • James Ellsworth is a bit jaded, especially for his young age He hates school, and longs for his parents estate, where life is far pleasant Meeting new schoolmate Daniel Courtney is a much needed distraction, one that will prove and engrossing as James and Daniel grow older When his father dies, James is thrust into a position of responsibility, not justJames Ellsworth is a bit jaded, especially for his young age He hates school, and longs for his parents estate, where life is far pleasant Meeting new schoolmate Daniel Courtney is a much needed distraction, one that will prove and engrossing as James and Daniel grow older When his father dies, James is thrust into a position of responsibility, not just to his estate, but to his mother and sister as well He leans as much as he can on his friendship with Daniel, but young Courtney has his own problems His brother, George, is all Daniel has left in the world, and when he loses his brother to a freak accident, Daniel is left alone and without prospects All the while, the two young men are discovering a relationship that their Victorian world will never approve of Trying to deal with their loss and their love drives them apart James to a life of debauchery, Daniel to a life of study and work As they grow older, James and Daniel discover that life is not what they thought it would be when they were schoolboys together, and that, even as they try to make their own way, they always come back to one another Can they find a way to make things work, no matter what their friends and family think

    One thought on “Icarus in Flight”

    1. This is a young adult novel. For teens from 14 years old and up. So reading it I tried to imagine myself like an innocent girl or boy, and then I reprimanded myself: how much innocent are 14 years old boys? Giving that I was 13 years old when I read my first romance, probably not much. All this introduction to say that I didn't find Icarus in Flight a novel strictly for teens, actually I think it is a very good reading for all ages and sincerely I think that an older reader will appreciate it mo [...]

    2. James Ellsworth was bored and homesick when he first met Daniel Courtney. Daniel was a new student at Appleton School, an impoverish boy who was picked on. Seeing the scrawny lad as an interesting distraction, James took Daniel under his wing and the two of them soon developed a close friendship. When James’ father died, James was sent back home to care for his family and their estate. The weight of responsibility was hard on him and he begins to lean on Daniel for support. However, soon Danie [...]

    3. 3 stars because the writing is nice and in the beginning I believed this would be the perfect novel for me. I love historical, non-sexual or inexplicit sex, a little bit of repression, and some good formal, flowery writing. But there were some aspects here that turned me off and I ended up not enjoying it like I wanted. I will try not to give away any plot devices, but in my opinion, the driving events that were meant to move the plot along were weak (again, just my opinion). I felt like there w [...]

    4. One of the many things I’ve always loved about Hayden Thorne’s work is that “a-ha moment” when I find the one thing to connect to that suddenly makes her books more for me than what they might seem on the surface. Knowing the legend of Icarus, of how his hubris, or pride, or simply the sheer giddiness of his freedom led him to ignore his father’s warning against flying too near the sun or too close to the sea, but to follow a very careful path of least resistance, became his greatest d [...]

    5. This historical romantic story of two boys in school who became lovers as teenagers and having to deal with the distressing reality of their friends and family's anger and disappointment towards their love. The story does holds one's interest and the flow and passage of time was effortless writing on the author's part. Took me 1.5 days to complete. Well worth time, money and the teary eyes! (I've posted this review elsewhere)I'll add here that I was especially glad that this story did not flow o [...]

    6. Thorne's mastery at creating a complete world filled with rich settings and fully-realized characters is perfectly displayed in her tale of James and Daniel, from their schooldays into adulthood while they struggle with their homosexuality. Set in Victorian England.

    7. 19th century gay drama, with some beautiful moments. Good premisse, less strong Middle part but strong ending. Classy and well written but sometimes a bit unsatisfying in the Middle part of the book.

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