Life hasn’t been good to Francis Murphy. He’s survived twenty-one years of homelessness by hooking and taking handouts where he can find them. When the local shelter is vandalized, he’s forced to seek food at the Grace and Light Church, where he runs into the pastor’s son, Randy.
Randy Wright believes the best in others. He’s immediately drawn to Francis, even though Francis is hardened and wary. When Francis is attacked by one of his johns, Randy and his family take him in and offer him temporary work. Randy always thought he was straight, but something about Francis has him yearning for more than just friendship, and realizing he might be bisexual.
Francis is attracted to Randy too, and Randy and his parents say they’ve always believed in gay rights. But talk is cheap. What are the odds that these Christian parents will remain open-minded when it’s their own son in a relationship with another man?
It’s really easy to have an open mind when it doesn’t hit to close to home. But how do you react when you find out that your only child is not only gay or bisexual but thinks he’s in love with young gay prostitute you brought into your house to help him off the streets? Not something most parents can deal with, no matter how open-minded they think they are.
I like this story a lot because it is a real problem today. The writer has a very Pollyanna view but still a good read. I wish things went this smoothly in real life, however it is a nice read that entertained. It did deal with some other real issues in a more realistic matter. I was very into the book from beginning to the end.