Jonathon Pfister’s life has settled into a maudlin existence since the death of Greg, his lover of seventeen years. But Greg’s daughter Jeana has decided she’s had enough, so she rents a small apartment in Vienna for him as a Father’s Day present. Jonathon agrees to go, against his better judgment.
Surprisingly, Jonathon finds the change of scenery refreshing, and he even makes a young friend in Hans, his landlady’s son. Then Hans’s older brother returns home, and Jonathon begins to truly awaken. Fabian touches something inside him, especially when the younger man takes it upon himself to woo Jonathon in full Viennese style, with a waltz. But shadows of the past and expectations for the future loom over them both and will have to be banished for their lovers’ dance to stay in step.
Accompanied by a Waltz was lacking for me. I love Grey’s works, but this story just didn’t do it for me. The beginning was heart rending and I felt so sorry for Jonathon. However, once he travelled to Austria, things became too strange for me. Fabian’s and his relationship didn’t seem natural. Also, I think the part that really bothered me was Jonathon’s backstory. And it’s only because I’ve read Grey’s book Seven Days where the main character has the exact same backstory. He changed the name of the character and the name of the boy’s school, but the story was the same.
The waltz part was nice and romantic and I enjoyed Grey’s writing, but this one just didn’t make the grade for me.