Title: Hither, Page (Page & Sommers #1)
Author: Cat Sebastian
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Genre: MM Romance, Historical
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 200 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.
James Sommers returned from the war with his nerves in tatters. All he wants is to retreat to the quiet village of his childhood and enjoy the boring, predictable life of a country doctor. The last thing in the world he needs is a handsome stranger who seems to be mixed up with the first violent death the village has seen in years. It certainly doesn’t help that this stranger is the first person James has wanted to touch since before the war.
The war may be over for the rest of the world, but Leo Page is still busy doing the dirty work for one of the more disreputable branches of the intelligence service. When his boss orders him to cover up a murder, Leo isn’t expecting to be sent to a sleepy village. After a week of helping old ladies wind balls of yarn and flirting with a handsome doctor, Leo is in danger of forgetting what he really is and why he’s there. He’s in danger of feeling things he has no business feeling. A person who burns his identity after every job can’t set down roots.
As he starts to untangle the mess of secrets and lies that lurk behind the lace curtains of even the most peaceful-seeming of villages, Leo realizes that the truths he’s about to uncover will affect his future and those of the man he’s growing to care about.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is the emphasis of HITHER, PAGE that started Cat Sebastian’s newest series “Page & Sommers.” (This is by no means referring to the book cover itself as personally I loved that cover regardless). It’s a historical romantic suspense set in a post World War II England. A veteran of war spy Leo Page was sent to Wychcomb St. Mary to untangle a freakish situation without jeopardizing the intelligence service existence. He met James Sommers, the country doctor who was also back from war with his own ptsd. Between unraveling the unexpected deaths and hobnobbing with the village residents, Leo and James found themselves drawn to obe another.
I truly enjoyed HITHER, PAGE. The intricacies of how the mysteries revealed, the lively give and take between varied characters, and the budding romance between Leo and James, all had me glued to the book from start to finish. The dual POVs story is fast-paced, filled with witty dialogue that had me snort-laughed and even moving scenes that got me teary-eyed.
While I wasn’t too keen on how the situation with the mysteries ended up, I got why things had to go about that way. Without a doubt, this is among my favorite of Sebastian’s books. As the first in a new series, this is a good precedent of what the following sequels would be.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.