Debbie McGowan is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction that celebrates life, love and relationships in all their diversity. Since the publication in 2004 of her debut novel, Champagne—based on a stage show co-written and co-produced with her husband—she has published many further works—novels, short stories and novellas—including two ongoing series: Hiding Behind The Couch (a literary ‘soap opera’ centring on the lives of nine long-term friends) and Checking Him Out (LGBTQ romance). Debbie has been a finalist in both the Rainbow Awards and the Bisexual Book Awards, and in 2016, she won the Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for her novel, When Skies Have Fallen: a British historical romance spanning twenty-three years, from the end of WWII to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Through her independent publishing company, Debbie gives voices to other authors whose work would be deemed unprofitable by mainstream publishing houses.
on Sep. 29, 2015 :
A very well-written, interesting book about being gay in an inhospitable time and circumstance. Well-drawn characters who seem real and probable and good attention to both detail and emotion. A very good and believable romance.
(review of free book)
on July 09, 2015 :
This is the sweeping story of Artie and Jim, two gay men trying, like everyone else, to survive during WW2. It is obvious right from the start that the author has taken great pains to be historically accurate, giving this epic story validity as a gay historical romance so realistic it will take your breath away.
Have you ever made a snow ball, then rolled it around until it gets bigger and bigger, taking away all the snow and leaving behind only freezing, ruined grass? This story, that is what it does. It starts off sweet and gentle, then gains momentum and grabs every molecule of snow, like an enormous avalanche encapsulating history, morality, friendship, loyalty and love.
It is a story that is indeed about the sky falling, and the world going mad, but in the middle of that maelstrom there are two people and a light that never goes out. To me, that quiet and clever gentleness is Debbie McGowan.
I read this story in parts as it was written, then again last night. Each time I noticed something else, another aspect to this intricate world that the author depicts so starkly. Although it is set almost eighty years ago, too many of the issues in this story are still shouting their nasty voice loudly today. LBGT people around the world are still dictated to by political, economic, religious institutions. Who is the enemy and who is the friend?
I cried a few times when I read this, and so will you. It is a very beautiful story about ordinary people trying to do ordinary things. Does anyone ever win a war? Maybe not, but sometimes, love can triumph :D
(review of free book)