Take a journey back to that magical moment in time when two lovers first meet. In this case, it's on board a train bound for England's seaside community, Brighton. There, our narrator and his soon-to-be-true-love meet for the first time and what follows is an encounter so erotic and romantic that it has to be destined for a lifetime. They may have been strangers on a train when they boarded, but that all changes with just a meeting of the eyes, igniting a spark leading to a lifelong connection.
A Journey of the Heart tells the story of how our unnamed narrator met his partner 10 years before on the same train trip that he is taking now. While he sits on the train waiting to meet his partner's parents, he whispers the story to Jim (his lover) of how he fell in love with him.
This story was really pretty and I liked the writing style but I just can't give it a high rating. I thought it was going to be a happily ever after from the description of how they were each others true love. Well, they might have been but the fact that the narrator is making the trip to bring Jim's body back to his parents makes it not such a happy story. I also would have liked to find out how Jim died, I don't think that should have been left out or the fact that he was dead wasn't mentioned until the last page. Although, it was pretty clear from the start that there was some kind of problem so it wasn't hard to figure that out. I'm giving this story 2 stars.
Publisher: MLR Press
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders