Rating: 5 Cups
James Semerad has only known cruelty and hardship from his father. As a young Amish man who finds men attractive, every glance is proof of his “sin”.
Fred Billingsley is a criminal lawyer. He defends everyone from petty thieves to murderers to the mob.
After running away from his Amish community three years ago, James found a place to stay, educated himself, and has begun his life as a college student. Meeting Fred at his place of work seems like a dream come true until they are besieged by mob bullets. Being put in the Witness Protection is bad enough, but finding out that he had to go back to his oppressive home terrifies James.
The Shunned is a fantastic story. Jay Hughes shows every ache, pain, torment, and torturous feeling that James goes through and has gone through as an Amish man with feelings for other men. I found his story to be heartbreaking and enlightening as James struggled to come to terms with what he was and how his father felt. The vivid details of Amish life shows me that the author knows exactly what he is talking about and gives the book a very realistic feel about it. I think this is one novel that I will have to reread again, just so I can see the amazing transformation of James as he goes from being a shy, closeted gay man to someone who is proud of who and what he has become.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More