1884—Deep in the Sudanese deserts a crazed religious fanatic spawns violent bloodshed.


In Victorian England Edward and Richard are twins, with a blessed life, enjoying their elite private school for boys, and with prospects of army commissions ahead.


But then a woman’s greed tears them apart and destroys their comfortable world. Even though their love is forbidden, for Edward there is no other in his life but Richard, and for Richard a life without Edward is unbearable. But fate has determined they must live their lives apart.


As members of the British force engaged in a doomed bid to save heroic Gordon of Khartoum, besieged by the frenzied armies of the Mahdi, Edward and Richard Rainbow, cruelly separated by events, are thrown into their own desperate adventures as the conflict rages on around them… and neither knows the other is there.


One an officer, the other a lowly cavalry trumpeter, both find Muslim allies willing to risk all to see them through… Edward to survive his capture and enslavement, Richard in his quest to find and rescue Edward. In a hostile world of enervating heat, unforgiving sand, rocky wastes, but also burning passions, the two young men discover the true meaning of family and where to find their own place in the sun.


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Hearts of Fire reviewer Monika Vignal writes…


This is another book I wish I could give more than 5 stars.


Roger Kean I think you’ve made me speechless and if you were to ask any of my friends that doesn’t happen often. You have written one amazing book and I am truly sorry I’ve come to the end.


This book is Gay Fiction not to be confused with M/M Romance. While there are some similarities they are vastly different. It has a true plot which is just as important as the love story between Edward and Richard, without it their story would not have had the effect it did on me. I fell in love with these boys (view spoiler) sadly secrets and lies tore them apart and threw them into an adventure that at times was heartbreaking but there was so much love between them surely fate wouldn’t keep them apart?


What happens to them had me crying...a lot, so yes there is angst but there is a lot of emotions in the story that carried me to the end. The historical aspect of the book was so well written I could visualize what was happening as I read, it made me feel like I was part of the story. I haven’t come across a book that has done that in a long time. With A Life Apart every inch of it had me, it is one of those books that I would have read day and night until I got to the end, a story I didn’t want to put down but sadly real life got in my way.


If you love to read historical novels you will love A Life Apart and if you have never read one give this one a try it is by far the best I’ve ever read, add to that gorgeous men with passion and romance in their hearts and a beautiful HEA, that of course made me cry, it’s a winner in my eyes.

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