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Dear Author,We met onboard, both of us so very young - still in our teens - but we were old enough to serve our country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, we fell in love and have managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as our time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, I can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the man I’veDear Author,We met onboard, both of us so very young - still in our teens - but we were old enough to serve our country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, we fell in love and have managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as our time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, I can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the man I’ve loved all these years.Photo Description: Two young men stand in the riveted steel doorway of a ship. The one inside the doorway is young and classically handsome, hatless, with wavy dark hair falling over his forehead. His eyes are narrowed against the sunlight and a small smile hovers on his lips as he braces himself in the doorframe. The man in front of him is younger still. His attractiveness is more the flush of youth and good health than perfection of features. He grins, squinting in the brightness, dressed in the white hat and shirt of the WWII US Navy. Although the two men stand only casually close together, the sailor in front has one hand raised, over his shoulder, to keep a firm grip on the shirt of the man in the doorway behind him.This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is Always Write" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.Read it online or find it in Love Is Always Write: Volume 11 - Bonus Volume.__________Genre: HistoricalTags: historical; military-men; first-time; coming-of-age; in-the-closet; coming-out; established-couples Word Count: 63,485...

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ISBN : 13639879
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Into Deep Waters Reviews

  • Baba
    2019-06-30 06:17

    Oh my, what a beautiful story. Baba is bawling her eyes out right now. Into Deep Waters is such an emotionally-charged story that will leave you smiling and crying all at the same time. It's one of the best freebies that I've ever read.5 very emotional stars!Daniel Acardi, Seaman Second Class, met Jacob Segal, pharmacist's mate, onboard in April 1942. It's the beginning of a deep, inspiring and beautiful love story.STORY LETTERDear Author,We met onboard, both of us so very young - still in our teens - but we were old enough to serve our country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, we fell in love and have managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as our time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, I can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the man I’ve loved all these years. Daniel and Jacob stayed true to one another over a very long time. What they shared together is so very special, touching and heart-warming, you just have to treasure that. Something that feels so right and real can't be wrong.He's here. He's alive and in my arms. The rest can wait.The story was inspired by this pic:--don't let me lose him.Into Deep Waters features two wonderful, endearing and well-drawn characters. The plot is very good and I loved every moment of this book. It's a story about war, death, friendship, persistence, hope, and love. This story really shines thanks to Daniel and Jacob. Simply brilliant. Kaje is a seriously talented author and I'm so glad I gave this book a go.They've come full circle.Slowly the ring of their entwined hair slipped below the surface. Another moment and it was gone from sight, heading downwards, carrying his love and Jacob's down safely this time, into deep waters.This is a little gem and it's for free. You can download it here:

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-07-01 07:54

    AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, INTENSE AND EMOTIONAL! I know now WHY I was waiting too long with reading this book.I name you just some reasons:- I'm not a big fan of a mainstream mm-romance. - I'm not a big fan of an instalove story.- I'm not a big fan of an epic love book. - I like Kaje Harper. Please, if you have not read it yet BECAUSE you have the same doubts I listed above, just do it. Jacob and Daniel. When they met. 1941.And when they got married. 2011.I have no idea if I can classify it as a mainstream MM-Romance, but it is for sure one of the best MM-Romance books, one of the best epic love stories I've ever read, and I couldn't stop crying reading the last pages even if WAS supposed to be a HEA.WAS IT?When two men had to hide their feeling almost all their life long, can we talk about a HEA? Even if they were happy together? What's for a ridiculously strange and brutal world we are living in?I was searching for pics for my updates and then I came across this picture. It's not the same war, but hell, how horrible is THAT?!It made me furious and sad, all at once. And political.I really think, that if more people read books like this, our world could be much much much better and much more human. I love this story.I love Daniel and Jacob. I admire them both.I love the writing.I love the MESSAGE the book gave us.I love Kaje Harper.I love this book.Thank you, Kaje, for your wonderful words.Thank you,Sofia,for reading it with me.

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    2019-07-20 04:06

    4.5 STARSOh my gawd! What a beautiful, heartwarming, emotional story. This was my first book by Kaje Harper and most definitely won’t be my last. Very well written, “Into Deep Waters” is a wonderful story about life, true love and so much more. It’s a story about two men who start a relationship in a time of war, in a time when being gay was practically forbidden. Despite many obstacles and everything life throw at them, they are still together, loving each other after 69 years. “You're better than family, Daniel. You know that. You're the other half of me.”Daniel and Jacob met in April, 1942 on board the USS Gageway. They become very fast friends. Time passes and their attraction grows each and every day, soon they becoming more than friends. They know they have to be very careful. Being different, being queer back in the ’40 was not accepted by many. When their ship is sunk, Jacob is injured and he’s send back home. They met again after the war and even if both of them have fears, their love is strong. They still want and need each other. After this, the story fallows their life and relationship through the next 69 years. “This was right and real and where he belonged, here in Daniel’s hands. Any doubts that might have crept up on him in the years apart vanished with the touch of Daniel’s mouth on his.”I loved everything about this story and I also loved the message – love is love and true love conquers all.The story is fast paced, but it felt so real. The events, the characters, all seemed real to me. Both Daniel and Jack are such endearing characters. I loved how their relationship developed. I felt so much reading their story. Even if the story it’s not so long, I felt their inner turmoil, I understand them, I felt for them. But more than that I felt their love, their connection. So much love! They were there for each other for more than 60 years. They are caring, loving, understanding, compassionate with each other. They warmed my heart. Even if it wasn’t a very long story, their characterization is so well done. I liked how different Daniel and Jacob are from each other. They really complete each other. The ending was fantastic - sweet and emotional, just perfect!“He put a hand on Daniel’s cheek, and just held it there. An old man’s hand with gnarled knuckles and prominent veins, resting against the soft wrinkled face of another old man. Well, they had lived through enough to deserve their old age. Then Daniel turned towards him to lean into his hand, and Daniel’s eyes hadn’t changed at all. “I’ve been ready for sixty-nine years,” Jacob said quietly.”All in all, “Into Deep Waters” was a wonderful story that for sure will move you and warm your heart. I highly recommend it!

  • A Girl Has No Name
    2019-07-20 08:52

    Into Deep Waters is incredibly intense, breathtaking and heartwarming. It's an epic love story and it will show you what unconditional love really means. I won't write a long review for this one! Into Deep Waters left me speechless with its powerful emotions and I can truely recommend it to everyone out there interested in reading about strong and passionate couples. Slowly the ring of their entwined hair slipped below the surface. Another moment and it was gone from sight, heading downwards, carrying his love and Jacob's down safely this time, into deep watersThank you Kaje Harper for this beautiful story!Take the journey!

  • Michelle
    2019-07-02 06:49

    5+++ You Are My Home Stars!WOW! Who knew a not so sexy cover would end up being such a great book that will stick with me for a long time. Of course I buddy read this with Kirsten. We kept saying...ok let's read the old man book next. Roflmao! Defiantly don't judge a book by its cover. lol There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. It gave me all the feels. Soooo many feels!!After the attack on Pearl Harbor Daniel 19 yrs old and Jacob 18 yrs old meet on the Navy ship Gageway in 1942. They catch each other's eyes fairly quick and become friends. Daniel stronger since he survived Pearl Harbor. Jacob shy and not as strong. After a while they both can't fight their attraction and they become more. Jacob looked up then and found Daniel’s attention on him. And for a moment, Jacob’s eyes just lit up. Daniel had always thought that was just a figure of speech, something the writers of dime novels put in to sound fancy. But the way Jacob’s face went from dull fatigue to just bright and shining... holy God.Life on the Gateway is very hard and even though they are both exhausted at the end of their shifts they often try to sneak in alone time together. I loved how they both were new to everything. I often found myself needing a cold drink just from one of their kisses. lolWhen the ship comes under attack it sinks. I found myself thinking about the Titanic when Daniel finds a old crate to hold onto. lol It was hard to read about Daniel searching the waters for Jacob. All the death he came upon. How instead of giving up hope he still collected life jackets from the dead to give to others that were in need. He kept searching not knowing if Jacob was alive or not. I got choked up when they finally come together. The love just poured through the pages. How Daniel wouldn't let Jacob give up. When they are finally rescued Jacob is sent home with injuries and Daniel is left to face the war alone. They write letters to each other. I was so happy that we got to read them. They were devastating and also full of hope and love. When the war is over Daniel finally comes home to Jacob. He always said where ever you are Jacob that's where I will be. It wasn't easy at first. Daniel seemed broken. Often up in the middle of the night terrified by his nightmares. I loved that Jacob stayed strong and pulled Daniel out of his funk by getting him to draw again. As years go on we get to follow their lives. How even though things were different back in 1942 they never gave up on each other. After 70 years Jacob and Daniel are still deeply in love. I'm always saying that I didn't feel the love. I felt the love between these two. It was powerful. It was sexy. It was funny. It was sad. It was over all a very heartwarming journey. The ending was perfect. I had tears pouring down my face while these two were finally getting to say their vows to one another. I've never read anything by Kaje Harper before but you bet your sweet ass I will be looking for more books by this author. I can't say it enough! I absolutely loved everything about this book! Everyone should read this book! It's amazing! Go on and add it! It's free on Amazon. You will not be disappointed!!

  • Jerry
    2019-07-21 06:55

    I just finished the Audio book. 5+ stars! It was superbly narrated with separate accents and manners of speaking for all characters including aging their voices for the men in the 80's. By sheer coincidence I was listening to the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima on the actual anniversary of that day. The narration brought out all kinds of subtly that in my rush of reading the first time I guess I glossed over. So many great things are in this book. So much emotion is brought out with the narration. Another instance of fiction and life intersecting, my husband and I are in the process of moving his 88 & 89 year old parents into an assisted living facility. Their physical condition closely mirrors that of Daniel and Jacob. Kaje is uncanny in getting all the details so perfect.This is a remarkable book by a remarkable author.Incredible!I am writing this review just days after the President of the United States of America said he believes two men or two women who love each other should have the right to marry. Not sure I even dared believe this would happen in my lifetime. I'm loving this story. But I knew I would--It's Kaje so of course I would love it, plus it's a romance over 60 years. Thats just off the charts for me.I loved the innocence and uncharted physicality of their coming together. On a ship at sea even! The way it is written makes it so believable. The sinking of the ship was so painful as was their separation for the duration of the war. Just as reading about Jacob reading Daniel's letters from the war and how the drawings became fewer and fewer and then stopped.I love how Kaje wove so much GLBT history into the story. Stonewall, what a watershed monument in history. Even though this started with these guys in the 1940's, the thoughts and sensibilities reflect my husband's and my experience starting in the very late 70's. We too went thru dealing with forcing our families to decide that they had to include both of us nor neither of us. We both work too long and take each other for granted. We both struggle with how close to be in public to friends who are a little too "nelly" for our taste or sensibilities.It's like she is writing personally for me. I just love this story. My husband and I are in our mid 50's and I know we have many years ahead. But I do fear what age will do to us. I fear falling and Alzheimer's and stokes. I want him to be with me always. Life is full of changes and humans are frail. The one thing that is constant just like Daniel and Jacob is our love for each other.Now I am crying with joy at the beauty of the ending.This is going on my favorites shelf and I am going to lobby her to make this a full blown novel!Addendum:In light of DADT and DOMA going down in defeat, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. Here is a couple older that Kaje's guys (70's and 90's) getting married in real life!WWII Vet, John Banvard, Marries Vietnam Vet, Gerard Nadeau, His Boyfriend Of 20 Years In V.A. Home's First Gay Wedding (VIDEO)

  • Kirsten
    2019-07-12 08:54

    4+ stars! "Where you are is home." Into Deep Waters was a beautiful tale about two men finding one another during awful times. The two struggle to not only to survive the war, but their feelings for one another in a time when being gay is not accepted. During WW II, on the ship the Gageway, Daniel and Jacob meet. They become friends, and soon the underlying passion that they have for one another surfaces. They must keep everything hidden, as the repercussions of their feelings and acts could mean serious implications.When tragedy strikes the Gageway, the two are separated. Later, when the two are reunited, they face not only keeping their lifestyle a secret, but other issues as well.Spanning 70 years, you learn about the love and hardships of two men who are determined to be together. Through the ups and downs, you fall for this wonderful couple.I thinkKaje Harper did an amazing job in giving this book some major feels. It's hard to capture that deep love, and I think writing about very real struggles gave this an extra punch. This dealt with some very tough issues that were broken up by some funny and steamy moments. I loved looking into the life of Daniel and Jacob.As much of a great book this was, I'm kind of a detail whore. I'm sure it's tough to write a book that spans so many decades, but I felt like I was missing so many things. It's probably not fair to not give the full 5 stars due to needing/wanting more, but that's how I felt. Overall this was an incredible read that encompassed deep feelings from me. I was choked up, giggled, and sighed a lot. The fact that this book was free, should be a good incentive to give it a try. I hope you fall for these two very brave men.

  • Meags
    2019-07-03 05:08

    4.5 StarsInto Deep Waters is a beautiful and affecting love story, spanning decades and continents, through times of war, adversity and personal hardships. This was a wildly romantic story, following two young sailors (Jacob and Daniel) who meet and fall in love in 1943 while serving in WWII.Their story is one of loyalty, love and friendship, chronicling a lifetime of highs and lows and everything in between, which ultimately makes up a life well-lived.The fact that this story is FREE just blows my mind. A truly fantastic read from Kaje Harper - one I happily recommend.

  • MaDoReader
    2019-07-02 05:08

    3,5 refrescante cambio de aires.No me convence en exceso el planteamiento inicial, pero me ha gustado ver desarrollarse esta relación durante tantos años.

  • Ami
    2019-07-19 10:01

    Daniel Arcadi and Jacob Segal first met on their late teens, back in 1942, when both were part of the crews of USS Gageway, during World War 2. Daniel was Second Seaman and Jacob was pharmacist's mate. The two souls stroke a chord of friendship that soon turned into deeper relationship, when both men realized they had feeling for each other. A feeling that is so strong, that spans more than six decades ...Oh, wow, Kaje Harper, you've DONE it again. This is what EPIC love story should be done.About 2/3 part of the book happens in the 1940's, that earlier part of Daniel and Jacob's relationship. We get to read about their connecting as two young men, serving their country. How they stumble on how to do sex for the first time, how they must keep their relationship under wrap, since situation is not really on their side. I love the tentativeness when they approach sex, both never have done it with men before, so they learn their way together. It's so sweet and wonderful.The last 1/3 part of the book tells chunk of chapters in their life, like when Jacob helps Daniel to overcome his post-war trauma, or during Stonewall, or when they finally get a cat .. each and every one of them important. It does feel slightly rushed though, because we only get one or two scenes in the 1950's, 1960's, 1980's, 1990's, and 2012. BUT, I also think it's impossible to capture ALL of the days in the sixty-nine years of their life together.It's perfectly well-written -- Kaje Harper also pens the horror of war, amidst of the love story. Chapter 7, for example, that captures the night when USS Gageway was attacked, and forced Daniel and Jacob to fight for their life in the sea -- it feels like a screenplay out of the "Titanic" movie. It's just so bloody good.Then, the ending, such sweet ending. This story brings tears to my eyes several time over. I can't believe that we can get this for free, since it is part of the "Love Is Always Write" event. I think this is worth published too. And as a reader, I can only say thank you for story ...

  • Vivian
    2019-07-08 10:54

    Wow. Simply gorgeous love story. Some things are just meant to be, and Daniel and Jacob's love is one of them. Flickering into being during dark times, they do what they can to see each other through the Pacific Theater during World War II. More than illicit, they dodge suspicion to be together. More intriguing is how they succeed after the war and return to "normal" civilian life.Harper does a great job weaving a story, setting a realistic scene without being macabre and allows the characters to evolve--to let us grow to understand them. I was impressed at the aptitude in which Harper successfully tells an entire lifetime without dragging us into minutiae or ignoring some key time markers. it was a beautiful, heartfelt story of devotion and love.

  • Josy
    2019-07-14 12:11

    WOW!What an amazing love story! It made me all kinds of happy and sad and it made me cry. So yeah, lots of feelings and beautifully written!

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-07-12 12:12

    I almost made a enormous mistake. Because when I was offered a chance to read this story I almost said no because it's a little outside my usual preferred romance genre era. And that would have been an mistake of gigantic proportion because this book slayed me in all the best ways.Covering sixty-nine years of friendship, loyalty, and love this story uplifted me, broke my heart a little, then mended it, then filled it up. I love these characters so much.I don't know if it was Kaje Harper's beautiful writing or Kaleo Griffith's truly phenomenal narration or a combination of the two, but I loved this from start to finish. I was engrossed, enraptured and riveted throughout the entire story.I haven't listened to Kaleo Griffith before this audio, but I can assure you I will be grabbing something else of his after this. He takes these characters across their sixty-nine year relationship and ages their voices brilliantly. Do you know how hard that is to do? Believe me, I've heard a lot of narrators screw it up, but Griffith does it seamlessly. His performance was pure brilliance.I cannot recommend this highly enough. NOTE: Right now, as of May 2016, this story is available FOR FREE on and is Whispersync for Voice-enabled for $3.47. I cannot tell you what a fantastic deal this is! GO BUY THIS NOW!!Audio copy of Into Deep Waters provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

  • Lenore
    2019-07-09 12:13

    This is a fairytale in black and white. It reminded me of those old '40s movies, where a single kiss meant everything, where what mattered most were the emotions and the commitment to one another.The book is not without flaw. But it's so beautiful and touching and well-delivered, it was easy for me to leave its weaker aspects (especially in the second half) behind as minor bumps in the road to a great story.

  • Bev
    2019-06-20 08:15

    Millions of truly outstanding stars. The story was brilliant (and still free), the characters, the pacing, the LOVE....just EVERYTHING was amazing, and at one point I had tears rolling down my face AND was chuckling at the same time [get towards the end of the story, you'll know which part I mean].I know I would've have been thrilled to bits with this story if I was a gay guy...Kaje absolutely wrote it from the heart. How CAN it be right that a couple can be in a relationship for 26 years (at that time 1940's to 1960's), and one half of that relationship, Jacob, has to keep everything under wraps from his family and his workmates and go through life as though his other half Daniel, his HEART...his FAMILY doesn't exist?? Stonewall was mentioned at length...and THAT was the catalyst for Jacob to finally find the courage to stick his middle finger up at his father and live his life as he chose. Thank God he had a sister Lily who loved him to bits and dragged both of them into her family, where they became uncles to her children.As for Kaleo Griffith's narration, well... as he doesn't seem to have done a lot of M/M, I was completely gobsmacked at how fantastic he was!! As Daniel and Jacob got older, Kaleo's voice became more gruff and got deeper...his characterisation was wonderful, and I can't recommend this audio book highly enough. It's on a par with The Tin Box for me...highs and lows in emotion, loads of tears, an incredible story and superb storytelling from the narrator. Congrats all round, and thank you Kaje for your interpretation of the prompt.

  • Sofia
    2019-07-01 08:58

    Celebration of US, LIFE, and LOVELoved their story with an emphasis onTHEIR. It is heartwarming to read in these days of ME. The daily together is as tough as the big events in our lives and if not taken care of can easily steal away precious treasures. Treasures which we envy in others and read about in our beloved books but which we can blindly discard in moments of doubts.Their creating and living a life together, in spite of all the challenges big and small, gives me hope that yes it can be done. It is also a slap on the face on all the eye candy that we continually see in the media, where everything is beautiful, young and perfect. Life is not perfect and that is what Ms Harper gives us, a slice of life and she still gives us beauty and perfection. Beauty in them and in their story and perfection in how it was written, in their story and in their every day triumph and yes in not shirking away from themes like ill health, getting old and dying. In a world continuously struggling to hide these away, it is refreshing, touching and beautiful.BR withLena

  • Mark
    2019-06-29 05:07

    What a little gem of a story. Spanning over some 70 years, this book is all about love that endures. A fight for respect and recogniton of a relationship that at the beginning would never be accepted until the teary HEA end where Daniel and Jacob come full circle and can marry under today's laws. I liked the fact that Stonewall was mentioned and the controversey it caused even among the gay community, but it was also an historical turning point. Due to gay men and women like this we can now enjoy the relative acceptance that we have today. The story is relatively short, but I feel this is fitting too because when you are 80+ years, I guess life must also seem incredibly short when you look back. My grandmother once said, "I never expected to reach 90, it sort of crept up on me without me knowing."This book has definitely earnt a place on my ab-fab shelf.

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-07-03 08:07

    4 StarsSimply an emotional, heartfelt tale about how Jacob and Daniel meet and fall in love during the turmoil of WWII, as this chronicles their relationship through that harrowing time, as well as what comes after. Overall, a feel good, smexy, realistic look at two people living and loving through terrible and ordinary times, and doing it well over the entirety of their lives.

  • Tully Vincent
    2019-07-17 10:50

    This story blew me away--a touchingly beautiful story of an enduring love. Spanning from WWII through sixty years of our heroes lives, touching briefly on important events like Stonewall--we see these men deal with not only war, but post-war trauma, family acceptance, workplace concerns, coming out, births, adopting a cat, and all the small and large changes that personal and physical relationships goes through as we age. An amazingly real, believable, and relatable story. Bravo. I’d been meaning to read this for a while but hadn’t gotten to it, so I snapped the audio up when it came out. If you enjoy audiobooks, don’t hesitate on this one. It’s one of the most worthwhile audible credits I’ve used lately. Kaleo Griffith did an excellent job with the narration, most notably in bringing to life the emotion that this story so richly deserved. While the two men’s voices are not as vastly different as on some audios, I enjoyed the Jersey accent he used for Jacob very much. It fit and wasn’t at all overdone. And he did an outstanding job of aging the voices as the main characters matured and grew old.Some of the scenes in this book are still stuck in my mind’s eyes weeks after reading, especially the scene in the ocean after the USS Gageway sinks. The author’s use of description read so incredibly vivid, I’d say it was like watching a movie except it really was more because not only did we see and hear, but I could taste and feel as well. Rarely have I felt so immersed in a scene whether in print or on the big screen.Despite being set in wartime, the story didn’t go overboard on angst nor hype up the gore for the shock/thrill factor... yet it still felt very realistic to me. Overall, a heartwarming tale that spoke to me of destiny, of finding that one person and going through all the good and bad times, of nearing the end and looking back with joy on a life well-lived and well-loved. This story is a gem.

  • Debra
    2019-07-07 10:52

    What a beautiful story. Couldn't see through the tears for the last part of the book. Kaje Harper did a great job telling the story of Jacob and Daniel from the day they met in 1942 on a Navy Ship and following them through the next 70 years. The majority of the story covers their wartime romance, while the rest plays out in snippets of their lives throughout the years. A great book and I can't believe it is free! Loved it.

  • Caipi
    2019-06-28 07:17

    Wow, it's a long time since I read or listened to a book that touched me like this one did! Daniel and Jacob, two young men, not even twenty years old, meet on a Navy ship during WWII.They fall in love and the author Kaje Harper tells us the story of their life in an incredible way. The main part of the book is the forties and early fifties, but as the time gaps grow, we get to follow them until 2011.This is such a beautiful and emotional love story. I cried a lot of sad and happy tears for Daniel and Jacob, and also for all the others out there, who just want to live in peace and to love the one who caught their heart without hiding!I listened to the audio version and the narrator Kaleo Griffith did an amazing job!Definitely more than 5 stars for me! :)

  • Anke
    2019-06-20 05:06

    4.5*Have your Kleenex ready:) Although I don't like reading historicals, Kaje Harper is rapidly moving to the author to buy regardless the topic of her writing. This is another example of her wonderful way of telling a story. It remembered a little bit of Lynne's Seasons series, as it deals with the relationship over a long period of time and how it changes along the years. Why not 5*? Well, I would have loved to read more about their life and not only a few highlights and compared to the span of life covered I found the part during the war too long.

  • Eva
    2019-07-01 07:59

    Beautiful epic love story. “Slowly the ring of their entwined hair slipped below the surface.  Another moment and it was gone from sight, heading downwards, carrying his love and Jacob's down safely this time, into deep waters.”

  • Simon
    2019-06-23 12:15

    If I could give this freebie download 10 stars I would. This is a gay man's novel. A relationship that spans nearly 70 years from the furtive fumblings of youth, to the angst of sexual intercourse between two men, to the relationship and eventually to the surprise.I wept, I admit I wept all the way through this novel but though happiness and recognition. The two main characters are so very well portrayed, the story, from WWII to well written.I'm tearing up just remembering.Kaje....You have surpassed yourself. Whoever advised you on the relationship, the history...I salute them.This a proper full length to download from Goodreads. It has a Happy Ever After and the angst is usual for gay men. Read it.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-07-08 06:17

    *3.75 stars*I liked this one, but I'm in the minority here as this isn't nearly by favorite by the super talented Kaje Harper.I think it's the breadth of time that tripped me up. It is a slower paced story, taking place over decades, and while parts were very beautiful, it just didn't hold my attention the way I wanted it too. Very worth reading, especially because it's a freebie.

  • Gina
    2019-07-03 04:05

    This was an amazing heartwarming story about a love that spanned a lifetime and absolutely stole my heart. The two MC’s Jacob and Daniel met while in the Navy right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. You witness their experiences during that time, the hardships, the heartbreaks and the secrecy they must endure. This wonderful short story takes you through 70 years their lives, culminating in their legal right to marry in NY. I cannot express enough how much i loved this little story and how much it moved me. To witness their lifetime of love and their fight to be heard and respected.5 teary-eyed stars!

  • Fangtasia
    2019-07-03 04:06

    We don't always recognize life-changing moments when they happen, those seismic shifts in the plates of our world that determine what path our life will take. That's what happened to Jacob and Daniel, the first time they saw each other aboard the Navy ship where they both served during WWII. Yet the author's talent managed to let the reader know exactly how important each interaction between these men was. How each first between them was an echo of all the firsts they would share between themselves and with history. It takes a special kind of brilliance to write almost seven decades in the life of a couple, including such important and well-known historical periods as the war, the Stonewall riots, the nightmare plague years, all the way up to 2011 and the passing of the law to allow same-sex marriage in NY. All of this history seamlessly entwined in the romantic plot, or should I say the romantic plot woven into history? I don't know, because the fidelity with which one was written makes the other more reality than fiction. I am pretty sure there are many "Jacobs and Daniels" out there in real life. How can one help but feel this story to be a memoir, being released the same week the President of the United States declares himself pro-gay marriage?Romance as a genre tends to be pretty much formulaic, there are certain things that must happen to make it a romance. It's not easy to write realistic scenes into the story, letting us know just enough of the angst and trauma lived by the characters without going overboard and insulting the reader's intelligence. It takes expertise to use the right words, tone, and setting to convey the message of how these men, among thousands of others, were and still are the unknown and unwitting pioneers of the GLBTQ civil rights movement. But what really, truly demonstrates Ms. Harper's talent beyond shadow of a doubt is that all of this I just described, a story that made me laugh, cry, and overall do nothing but read from the moment I opened it to the last word, is inspired by one fuzzy, black and white picture and a short, three-sentence prompt. A moment in time, showing two (extra)ordinary men in uniform in a ship doorway, caught God knows when and where, and a gentle prod towards who they were resulted in this moving, compelling, inspiring epic tale of love.This is my first experience reading this author. Amazing, really, because I've heard her praises sung by all my GR friends. Plus, she's very prolific. Still, I am very glad to have Into Deep Waters be my introduction to her writing. It's the first, but will most definitely not be the last. Highly recommended.

  • SueC
    2019-06-28 04:50

    Why did I wait so long to read this?My damn heart is in all it’s warm and fuzzy glory now. I’m just blissed out and thankful.Into Deep Waters is an EPIC love story. Grand in it’s courage, endurance and devotion, it’s a real diamond in the rough.If anyone has ever paid attention to my endless waffling about my all time favourite story and couple, they would know that Special Forces: Soldiers is the epitome/definition of perfection for me. Needless to say, I’ve been chasing that high ever since. Every single story about love amidst a war zone has fallen short. Every so called epic love story has never hit the mark. Until now.Jacob and Daniel’s relationship is not an “opposites attract” story; it’s a saga about kindred spirits who believed in each other; who fought and lived for each other. It’s a story about commitment and devotion. God, I loved it.Harper manages to portray a keen sense of tension and trepidation between Daniel and Jacob. It was also lovely to see these characters grow. To see their fears and frailties, and then watch them reinvent themselves as the years went on. Or the gentle support they gave each other.There’s a lot of lovely intimacy that’s described in a very well-mannered way, (or dare I say, classy?) but don’t be fooled, it’s still very, very sexy. So it’s not dirty sexy – it’s just sizzling hot.We’re treated to fantastic descriptions that climatize us to the different surroundings at each of their docks. Great visions of lands all over the world. Sights, smells, flora and fauna, giving us a vivid picture.And there’s a gorgeous heartbreaking conversation in the water that’s so skilfully told. I was caught in the spell – hook, line and sinker.I loved it. I loved their story and their passion and their devotion, longing, desire and commitment.And lastly, the ending is just perfect. <3>

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-07-09 12:10

    This is a forever story...Two young men meet in a ship in the Pacific Ocean during WWII and 69 years later they are still each other's one and only.Jacob and Daniel's love story felt and ageless and right. It was so well done. These two mean lived their lives together, survived so many trials, lived so many things as a couple until in their old age they got to officially become what they had been to each other for almost seven decades.I really enjoyed this story and it certainly fits the theme of the LIAW event, but after last week's statement from President Obama it felt SO RELEVANT. How many men like Jacob and Daniel have been living their lives, loving each other and waiting to actually hear that they deserve to have the rights that most of us take for granted.Lovely story really, I especially enjoyed the references to Stonewall and they way that Jacob and Daniel worked through the years to stay together.Very nice.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-06-21 10:13

    OMG, I'm so impressed with Kaje's writing! I usually love her stories because she makes her characters so three dimensional and real. But, I think she outdid herself with this one. And to think that it was free! It's a fantastic story of two men who meet and fall in love in WWII. The story spans 7 decades of their lives together, culminating in their marriage in 2011. I'm not sure how I feel right now. I'm sad to end the story because I feel like I've lost something special by stepping away from them. But what else can you do when you finish a book? I'm also elated because I had a chance to share their journey. And, I'm enthralled at the magic of how an author can take simple everyday words and create such a powerful, moving saga. Kudos to Kaje. This is a must read! Very highly recommended.