Visiting Fellow by Dave Williamson Review

by Dave Williamson
Genres: Love & Romance

Title: Visiting Fellow

Author: Dave Williamson

Publisher: Turnstone Press

Format: PDF ARC

Publication Date: March 31, 2016

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars  ** Great read! **

Source: I received this book free of charge from Turnstone Press in exchange for an honest review

Poor Wally. It’s the mid-1990s, and middle-aged history professor Wally Baxter is recently divorced and looking for love. No easy task in this age of hyper-political correctness. Wally’s mind boggles at the complicated set of romantic rules that have sprung up in the last 20 years, but he manages to stumble his way into a budding romance with the young widow Carolyn.

Seeking respite from his ever mutable ex-wife, Wally decides to take his brand new paramour on a short-term sabbatical to the University of Tasmania. Only time will tell if hapless Wally Baxter can get his life and love in order in the land down under. 


Reading more like a sneak-peek into the characters’ lives than the “typical” romance novel of old, Visiting Fellow offers a love story that closely aligns with the relationships that we might actually experience in our own lives. My biased expectation for a romance novel written by a man turned out to be completely off base: the pages are not flooded with graphic sex scenes! Neither does the book read like my previous experiences with romance novels (albeit limited): there are no flowery descriptions of love-making or human anatomy to lead the unwary reader into an unrealistic expectation of sex or relationships. Instead, Dave Williamson perfectly captures the awkward beginning stages of a relationship between two normal adults, each with their own assortment of baggage and communication failings.

Visiting Fellow is well-written, although the jumping into and out of scenarios takes a little getting used to. It makes sense – since the dating world is fraught with trial and failure – that love interests might appear briefly only to flame out just as quickly. The seeming lack of connection between the brief relationships was a little confusing for me at first, but once I understood the writing style (and the relation to real life) it made more sense. Wally and Carolyn are almost caricatures of the adult mind attempting to build relationships and make sense of baggage. They show silly humor, miscommunications and misunderstandings, moments of temptation, anxiety, and tenderness. They are human. It is a pleasure to follow their story, watch their relationship evolve, and feel all along as though I’m a fly on the wall watching real events take place.

This is a seriously good read; I highly recommend it!


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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