Nathaniel by Jan Irving is the third book in the Sylvan series and it just might be my favorite one so far. I loved the relationship that developed between Nathaniel and Aaron and his son, Samuel. I could feel a true emotional connection between the three characters and I have to admit, I loved it. As usual, Ms. Irving has written a heartfelt and sexy romance that I truly hated to see come at an end.
Ever since Aaron and his young son, Samuel, left the Mennonite community to live and work on the Rocking M ranch, they’ve been treated somewhat like outsiders. Only cowboy, Happy Nathaniel, has gone out of his way to be friendly with both of them. One day when Samuel is beaten by some bullies, Nathaniel steps in and an automatic friendship is born between the three of them.
Nathaniel has been attracted to the quiet and serious, Aaron ever since he’s arrived at the Rocking M ranch. Nathaniel doesn’t believe that anything will come of this attraction because of Aaron’s religious beliefs, but he can’t help but feel an emotional bond and a kinship between the father and son. When he finds out that Aaron has feelings for him, he’s ecstatic, but will misunderstandings and fear come between them before their love can ever begin?
I loved this book. I admit I’ve become a huge fan of Ms. Irving’s stories. I love her easy style of writing and how I quickly become enamored with her characters and the stories that they tell. Nathaniel and Aaron’s story is both sweet and sexy. It’s the perfect antidote for a cold winter’s night or if you need a perfect pick-me-up.
Nathaniel is the third book in the Sylvan series. I do not believe it’s necessary to read the first two books in the series before Nathaniel is read, but I’ve read and enjoyed all the books in this series and highly recommend them. Here are the books in series order: Sylvan, Luke and Nathaniel.
Ms. Irving also has a very interesting and informative website. Here is the link if you are interested: http://janirvingwrites.com/
You and your son have the saddest eyes.
Young cowboy Happy Nathaniel is struck by a need to reach out when he first meets Aaron King and his son, Samuel, so he helps Aaron find a haven at the Rocking M, far away from their strict Mennonite community. Once Sam is settled in the country school, both men seek something to spur him to speak again. But most of all, Nate also sees Aaron’s loneliness, and a single kiss is the spark Nate has secretly craved. But he’ll put his attraction on hold as long as needed, knowing there is a time for all things and that, one day, Aaron will want to dance again.