A holiday romance to warm your heart

Fiction - LGBTQ
318 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2023
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Author Biography

Mo Fanning is a part time novelist, part time standup comic and full time sensible person who claims to be a communications director at a major UK charity. He currently lives in the Black Country backwater town of Stourbridge , but aspires to something mire rural without neighbours.

With a unique talent for blending romance and comedy in intriguing settings, Mo is an emerging voice in the contemporary fiction scene, and aims to be the best known writer of LGBTQ romance.

Mo's interests span fiction writing, reading, and (bizarrely) the ethical exploitation of AI innovation, meaning he can bang on for days about why machines can't write books worth reading, but can help authors do better.

Mo displays a passion verging on unhealthy when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest and will happily discuss the waning value of a key change.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Ghosted by Mo Fanning is about Silas, a widowed father who has not spoken to his son for thirteen years. Silas finds employment on a gay cruise ship that will take him to Miami, where his son lives. Ellen is a waitress at a roadside café and needs a serious life change after she loses her husband. When Ellen sees a billboard advertisement from someone who needs to sell their cruise cabins, she realizes that it might be the opportunity for a major change in her life. Ellen and Silas first meet when Ellen stumbles and falls during a lifeboat drill. It does not take long for Ellen and Silas to go on a date and realize they are attracted to one another. They are content with the friendship that is forming between them and keen to see where it will go.

Ghosted by Mo Fanning is about Silas and Ellen seeking what is lacking in their lives. It was a roller coaster ride of family estrangement, personal challenges, and life changes. It is, as the subtitle says, "a holiday romance to warm your heart," and it will. I was hooked from the first page and was kept guessing until the end. The characters were authentic and relatable. The main characters had a lot of depth, which increased my interest in them. The details and background stories about every character made them more appealing. Silas and Ellen were my favorite characters. After losing their spouses, they are eager to learn more about each other. They even admit to one another that they still see and communicate with their deceased spouses. It is a well-written book that covers a variety of topics and examines how individuals respond to one another and the world around them.