Release Day Review: Walking By Faith, by A. M. Leibowitz
Cat is lost to himself and everyone around him until another hospitalization introduces him to nurse David Simms. David takes Cat’s silence in stride, caring for him without pushing and slowly building Cat’s trust. As their love grows, Cat begins to let go of his vows one by one, only holding onto the silence.
Despite how far he’s come, the severity of Cat’s panic attacks threaten to undo everything David has built with him. Cat’s only hope is to break the final vow and tell the truth about the night of his attack. When David fails to keep a promise he made to be there for him, Cat has to stand on his own and prove to himself he’s strong enough to survive.
Totally loved Cat.
I usually write a blurby bit, but am not here.
I gotta make three points.
1. This is, from what I can gather, a follow on book to Passing On Faith, published a year ago, today. I have not read that book. I spent much of reading this book thinking that I didn't need to have read Passing On Faith, thinking I wasn't missing anything. But then, as the book caught up to the here and now, I changed my mind. I feel I SHOULD have read that book first. If only to get a better feel of what Cat and Micah have been through to get to the point where this book picks up.
2. Single person point of view.
Lord knows I say it often enough, that I MUCH prefer books written from more than one person's point of view, the more the merrier, to be honest. But I'm finding, as I give books a longer chance to grow on me, to let me fall into them, that I'm also saying, I don't care. Yes of course I wanted to here from David and Micah, I always want more, I'm just greedy like that but Cat has so much to say, even when he isn't speaking, that it didn't matter here.
3. Colouring outside the lines.
I love, love, love characters who are different, think differently, do differently. LOVE them. And Cat is quite possibly the most unique male lead I've come across. He is, in his own words, queer. His personality is, in the beginning, well established for such a young man. As the book progresses, we lose some of that, after the attack. But slowly, the old Cat re-emerges.
And it's so beautifully written! It really is awesome how Leibowitz deals with Cat's health issues. It comes across in such a way that I didn't feel I was being taught about all his ailments, like someone was just chatting about them.
Same thing applies to Cat's faith. Yes, Cat prays and his faith is a huge part of who he is, but there is no preaching. It's all very subtle and very well executed and delivered.
I took 1/2 a star off for two reasons.
One was the not having read Passing On Faith. The other was what happened to David. I needed more about what happened to him, and how Cat dealt with that. I felt it was just thrown in, that paragraph or two, telling of what happened to him. I really did need more about it.
I'll go back and read Passing On Faith at some point and I'd certainly jump at the chance to read other work by Leibowitz.
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