Sunset at Pencarrow
 by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


A World of Love

Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.

Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.

Review by Mary

There is a lot packed into 129 pages. Nate and Rusty are pushed together by circumstances. The airport is at standstill and over a short space of time their paths kept crossing. They get talking and Nate feels guilty for the way he behaved inviting Rusty to stay with him while waiting for the fog to clear. This starts a good story showing the pull of attraction against the knowledge this could only be a very short affair. A battle between the head and the heart if you will.
Nate takes Rusty to visit sights around Wellington, I’m not going to go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the story. While traveling together they start to fall for each other but don’t talk about their feelings. But if they did there wouldn’t be such a good story. I’m still not sure if I liked Nate, he seemed too self centred. By the end he was winning me over. I did get a good flavour of parts of New Zealand that are off the beaten track and the settings suited the moods between Nate and Rusty. It was fun learning a few of the terms used in New Zealand.
I liked this book and was content with the happy for now ending.

3 of 5 stars


Review by Dee

This is a well written story. One man is moving on from a bad relationship and attempting to make a new start in a new city and the other man is still dealing with loss and a bit of post combat anxiety. Unfortunately, (and this is a personal thing), I didn’t really warm up to the two main characters, especially Nate who seemed to have two speeds: angry or grumpy – so much so that it was hard for me to warm to him when he was being nice. Rusty, on the other hand, was just OK, likeable.

The internal-monologues from both men, particularly Rusty, were a bit like verbal hand-wringing. This made the story less light-hearted than I expected, even when there were humorous moments. (From the blurb, I had expected a somewhat lighter read.)

Despite my personal preferences, the story is interesting, including the trips to different places in near Wellington, NZ (made notes to visit) and Nate’s ex showing up to cause problems. The scene at the airport, when Rusty is leaving, is particularly touching.

Funnily enough, by the last chapter and epilogue I found that I had warmed up to Nate and Rusty after all!

3.5 of 5 stars


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review


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3 Responses to Sunset at Pencarrow
 by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell

  1. Lou Sylvre says:

    Thanks for reviewing, Mary and Dee!

  2. Anne Barwell says:

    I wanted to add my thanks to Lou’s. Thank you!

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