Heat Factor: Scenes as couples are closed door, but they have one interlude at the end
Character Chemistry: I felt all their feelings very intensely
Plot: Three people who have all loved each other for some time are shocked into re-examining their relationship
Overall: What a great feelings book
The Threefold Tie is a short, historical, polyamorous romance. There are four chapters, and the POV (in 3rd) shifts from Jonathan/Jack to Sophie to Everett and back to Jack as they all process their feelings one summer in view of their past histories. Jack’s melancholy at being outside the marriage but filled with enough of his own love (even if he didn’t want to say so) to want to spend time with Sophie and Everett. Sophie’s fury and confusion and hope. Everett’s somewhat careless selfishness that masks his avoidance of having to address what he wants and that gets them in trouble but also creates opportunity. Set against the backdrop of 1870s rural New York, their relationship is so, so complicated. Until it isn’t. But how they untangle themselves and their relationships with each other seems so insurmountable, even if the solution is simple. They do have to figure out a way to get there, after all. The emotional journey of this book worked.
This is a novella, so the story arc carries us only as far as Jack, Sophie, and Everett choosing each other. There’s not a focus on the logistics of their future, so you might wrap up this book with the vibe of “non-heteronormative HFN.” I usually want to stay with characters I like, but I have to say that the strength of this story is in the emotional journey the protagonists travel to Together.
It was fantastic, and I loved it.
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