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Publisher's Summary

If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you. 

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can't convert to a speed bump. He's used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing. 

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben's former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. When Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben, even as Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and farther out of reach. 

Everyday History, a romance told with Alice Archer’s unique style and lush prose, was named a Top Book of 2016 in the HEA USA Today column Rainbow Trends

Stand-alone romance. HEA.

©2016 Alice Archer (P)2017 Shine Even If

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I felt transformed by this book!

No matter how I review this, I won’t do the beautifully poetic writing justice. Alice Archer has written an incredibly thoughtful and evocative romance about Henry, a shy history professor, and Ruben, his star-struck student. That probably sounds tawdry, but in this case it’s not, in fact, the two MCs spend lots of the book communicating, analysing, and resisting each other, two planets that cannot escape the pull of each other’s orbits no matter how much they try. In some ways the relationship is not as important as the cathartic and healing personal memories (everyday histories) that Henry and Ruben unlock in each other and the people they meet - just reading and listening to these histories made me feel transformed. Audiobook narrator, Daan Stone, perfectly matched the lyrical mood of the book with such a sensitively nuanced and gentle tone, I never wanted it to end - why haven’t I come across many more works by him?

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A truly beautiful love story.

I just loved everything about this book. I was fully invested from start to finish. And the narration was spot on. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Mickie B. Ashling, Author
  • 28-04-2017

Amazing!

What does Daan Stone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Beautifully narrated!

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5+ Stars. One of the best books I've read in a long time. I won't go into details (since others have already done the lengthy reviews) so there's no point in rehashing. You'll either love or hate the way this book is crafted. I loved it. Every single page is a joy to read. Gorgeous writing, nothing felt over the top, the dramatic scenes served a purpose, and Henry's intensely emotional story broke my heart several times. Ruben, although young and inexperienced, surprised me in a good way (when he finally got his act together) and the aha moment was worth the long journey. I can't say enough about the feels in this book. Highly recommended.

P.S. This audiobook is beautifully narrated by Daan Stone.

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  • W. Floyd
  • 03-02-2020

An Unforgettable and Gorgeous Love Story

Everyday History is a slow burn , coming of age, MM , love story with a hard earned and well deserving HEA.

Exquisitely , vividly, poetically and evocative written tale that will stay with me for a long time.

I enjoyed listening Daan Stone narration . His voice is pleasant, clear and engaging.

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 08-09-2019

Very Deep

Loved this book, but I felt like I was going to crawl out of my skin before the resolution. It was very drawn out. Regardless, I loved both MCs and their journeys to love.

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  • MJ
  • 27-01-2019

Extraordinary

Simply one of the most beautifully written, lovely novels I’ve ever experienced. I’m going to be thinking about this for a long time.

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  • Roxanne M.
  • 13-04-2018

Excellent Read and Audio❤️❤️

Everyday History is great story start to finish! I loved the way the story develops. It is very well written. The narration was GREAT!!! Love love get this book you won’t regret!

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  • Cat
  • 12-05-2017

A beautiful heart wrenching but heartwarming story

Where does Everyday History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up in the top 20 or so for bittersweet, angsty stories. (I read a lot)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Everyday History?

I love the connection between Ruben and Henry and the apple pie. I don't think I will look at apple pie again without think of this beautiful love story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Henry reads his notes at the nominee conference, and Ruben is telling his story about his family photos and the space in them. I nearly bawled my eyes out. I could practically see Henry's face when he read what was in his files, his reactions, to that and Ruben all at once. My heart ached for him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A stunningly beautiful romance of coming of age, coming out and getting what you want.

Any additional comments?

I will admit the story started off a bit slow for me.The way each chapter is headed with The Historian, The Explorer then broken down to each one at first hindered me then I found it easier to follow the story. I also liked the short broken up chapters, that kept me interested as well.
Daan Stone has a very dreamy, smooth voice that is quite mesmerizing and charming. He gave the story a very poetic ring.

I will say this is a beautiful romance, with a bittersweet quality to it. Have some tissues on hand.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-04-2017

good

i thought this book was to long. i kerp putting it down and picking it up but i finished it and was pleased. l also thought the sex could have been more details and hoter but t like the book.

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  • Mandy ryder
  • 01-08-2019

Brilliant and poetic

Just finished listening to this. So well written. To me it was almost poetry. Loved the shift in perspective and timelines. 5***** want more!!

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