#Fridayreads Review: When Skies Fall by Debbie McGowan

Dancing through life no matter what’s thrown at you.

Title: When Skies Fall

Author: Debbie McGowan

Publisher: MM Romance Group

Publication Date: July 2015

Length:  296 pgs (ebook)

Genre: Literary, MM Romance

Synopsis: (taken from Goodreads) For many in war-torn 1944, love blossoms in the dance hall, and airman Arty Clarke is no exception. He’s a thinker and a dreamer; however, it’s not the beautiful, talented dancer in his arms—his best friend Jean—who inspires his dreams. For when his gaze meets that of Technical Sergeant Jim Johnson, Arty dares to imagine a different dance.

Their love is forbidden, by both the armed forces and the law, but with Jean’s cunning and support, Arty and Jim try to bridge the distance between them and find true love despite the danger and a life-threatening disaster that could destroy Arty’s dreams for good.

Can the pair stand strong together, no matter how many skies have fallen?

No Spoiler Review:

Dancing through life no matter what’s thrown at you. Save the last dance for me. I can think of so many phrases to use for When Skies Have Fallen but none would do this novel justice.

What I liked: Um, everything. History. Romance. Stoicism. This is historically accurate from the WWII facts to the depiction of the dance halls, to the 1950s witch-hunts, to the classification of homosexual relationships as cheap, sick “buggery.” This story lays things out like they actually happened, all through the story of Jim and Arty.

What I loved: Resistance and perseverance. Jim and Arty do what they need to for survival. This is truly a love-conquers-all type of story.

Concerns: None besides hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. I see shades of this happening in the U.S. right now. The hatred. The singling out. It happens everywhere, but this story makes me reflect on how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

My Review Rating: I no longer give ratings on my website, but this novel is exactly the sort of LGBTQIA story I appreciate most – and I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t typically ready MM romance. (*looks at her past few reviews* Perhaps I need to revise that claim. Love is love, and a good story is a good story regardless.)


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