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Moor Love

Moor LovePride Publishing
ISBN eBook: 978-0-85715-005-9
Genre: Contemporary, M/M
Book Length: Novella
Release Date: December 29, 2009

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On the moors of North Yorkshire, American college student Caleb Winters falls in love, not only with the rolling hills of heather, but with the man who hired him for the student work program.

To Caleb, Jon Cook is a mystery. Rendered mute years earlier in the automobile accident that killed his father, Jon lives a life of secrecy. From the beginning, Caleb begins to suspect that Jon’s gruff exterior hides the soul of a lonely tormented man. Suddenly taking care of Jon’s sheep isn’t nearly as important as drawing the older farmer out of his shell and into the land of the living.

Reader Advisory: This story was released as part of the Fabulous Brits Anthology by Pride Publishing.

Excerpt

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Looking out the window, Caleb watched as the train wound its way through the Yorkshire countryside. He still couldn’t believe he was here. It had taken nearly a year of paperwork to get his student placement, but the day had finally arrived.

He quickly scanned the folder of information he’d been given. Smiling to himself, he closed the folder. He’d looked at the damn thing so many times, he already had it memorised. He’d be working for Jon Cook on a small sheep farm just inland of the small seaside town of Whitby.

According to the information he’d received, he’d have his work cut out for him. After his mom had read it, she tried desperately to talk him out of going. No, Mr. Cook wasn’t a serial killer or anything, just different.

Mr. Cook had been in a car wreck nineteen years earlier. The accident took the life of his father and left him with a pronounced limp and an inability to speak. A more recent fall while dipping his sheep had aggravated his earlier injury. Unable to tend to his sheep in the fields properly, Mr. Cook had finally agreed to sign up for the work placement program.

Caleb already knew they would have a problem, because Mr. Cook kept insisting he didn’t need a worker for an entire year, but the program only placed students for that amount of time. Once Caleb started working, he’d be there for the designated time, or risk losing his college credits.

As he leaned his forehead against the glass, Caleb lost himself in his own problems. He’d come out to his mom when he was sixteen, but he’d waited to tell his dad. As the years went by, he kept promising himself he’d do it, but the timing had yet to be right.

After his folks had divorced, Caleb and his mom moved back to the Kansas City area, leaving his father and the family’s farm behind. His formative years had been spent on baseball fields and malls instead of barns and pastures.

He’d been sent to Iowa for two weeks every summer to stay with his dad. It was during this time, he’d felt the divide between them grow. Usually he’d spend the entire time sitting on the porch or in front of the old television. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to help his dad on the farm, he just didn’t know what to do. His dad had little patience and often lost his temper while trying to explain the way to perform a particular task.