- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (12 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1796690058
- ISBN-13: 978-1796690057
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
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Chasing Eddie (Golden Gate Love Stories) Paperback – Import, 12 Feb 2019
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This is the story of Eddie Smith, big, bearish, peripatetic life coach and writer from Daytona Beach (hmmmm), and how he basically saves retired football tight end Whit Hall. The book is two parts classic romance, one part magical realism. The magical part is multi-faceted. First, Eddie is guided by a voice he calls Paul. Not a looney-bin voice, but a sort of ungendered spirit guide (who happens to have the same name as Nick Williams’ long-dead great uncle Paul Williams, who acted as his spiritual advisor, so to speak). Eddie’s skill is really all about his ability to get people to look closely at what they really want out of life. He is not without his own internal conflicts and doubts, which only adds to the poignancy of the narrative.
The other magical part of this, for me at least, is that Eddie is called to his task by Bob Jenkins and Mario Ossler – the guys who inherited the WilliamsJones company from Nick and Carter. WTF? (Of course I immediately went and bought “Their Own Hidden Island” to learn about them, a review of which will appear momentarily). Seems that Bob and Mario are now guided by Nick the way Nick was guided by Paul. insists that Eddie needs to help Whit find his path.
I am so damned jealous. I want a spirit advisor.
And so it goes, in Butterfield’s inimitable style, with Nick-and-Carter style romance and adventure involving uniformed staff and private planes and every bit of the 1950s Batman-and-Robin fantasy we have come to know and love. Eddie is a love. Whit is a mess. The author has the neatest imagination, and these books are making large the universe he created for Nick and Carter.
Look again and you’ll see threads from the other books. It’s officially a Golden Gate Love Story. Bob and Mario from Their Hidden Island have inherited Nick and Carter’s empire. Nick Williams appears to Bob as a ghost, usually in his dreams. That’s not a surprise. Uncle Paul has been showing up in Nick Williams’ dreams in the Nick Williams Mystery books. Nick continues his meddling, er, matchmaking ways. The main character, Eddie Smith, lives in Daytona Beach, the setting for the newest series.
It’s a lot like my favorite book by this author – This Morning Over Here, which is a standalone metaphysical novel. Eddie Smith is a channeler who lives by his intuition. He doesn’t see the future but he does respond to what’s right before him.
Bob and Mario have been his clients but in this case, they have a message from Nick and it involves Eddie and Whit. Whit is a recently retired NFL player and the son of a megachurch pastor. He also doesn’t acknowledge that he’s gay, even to himself. Of course that changes when he and Eddie fall in love.
I have reread This Morning Over Here several times and I think I will reread this one as often.