|“I need you to keep fighting,” he admitted with the same soft voice. “For us….”
1986 revolves around the events of the Chernobyl disaster. It’s a historical romantic suspense. I need to go on record and say, I don’t normally read historical novels. I don’t like feeling like I’m sitting in a history class (I hated history in school… sorry) while I’m reading. Luckily, there is so much more to 1986. It’s a well rounded book that, although it gave me lots of facts, included all the best parts of romance and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
“You’re not a choice, Allana,” he whispered. “For me, you could never be a choice.”
Yes, this story is about Chernobyl, but there is so much more. Allana loves her husband, Vasy, but finds herself lonely when he puts more time in at the nuclear plant than in their marriage. She soon befriends one of her husband’s co-workers, an American named Alex, who looks at her the way a man should look at a woman. That friendship soon turns into so much more and Alex makes his true intentions more clear. Who can Allana trust? Her husband who has missing pieces to his stories or Alex, who questions Allana for information about Vasy’s work.
“Let me in,” he whispered, bringing his lips to hers. “Let me love you.”
There is a slow build up with this one. You are given a lot of details, but every piece of information given is important. At the time, you may not understand what its relevance is, but it all will eventually make sense.
If you go into this one thinking it’s your typical Romance book, you may be disappointed. There are some romantic moments, but they aren’t what makes the story. 1986 is complex as it weaves together fact and fiction. It’s evident that Morgan Parker did his homework with this one. The writing is seamless as it perfectly combines each attribute. You’ll have a lot of questions while reading. Most of the answers are given in the end, but some require you to finish the puzzle on your own.
“I love you in a way that no other man could ever love you.”
After an 18 month break from writing, Morgan Parker is back (seriously, about effing time). He tells this story in a way that only he could. That alone makes me appreciate it even more.
4 out of 5 stars
As the author of the best-selling mystery romance, Surviving Goodbye, Morgan Parker has written several other novels under this pen name. In 2012 and 2013, he self-published Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters: 2, respectively. As a result of the interest in these two stories, he wrote non friction, an unconventional love story. That love story earned Mr. Parker a tremendous amount of attention and at the insistence of his readers, he followed it with Hope (a novella) and Sick Day. All three of those stories have spent time on Amazon best-seller lists.
When not writing, Morgan likes to spend time gathering story material from his two young children, rereading books by Colin Harrison, and napping where he discovered the Type II Sleep State, which is the topic for an untitled trilogy to be released in late-2016.