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Johnny Smith meets Church Chetwood during the dark days of the Great Depression. He knows Mr. Chetwood can’t be his forever. Why would the handsome and charming director want to stay with a young man who has nothing but his body and skills in bed to offer? His Mr. Chetwood can have any woman—or man—he wants, but Johnny is going to keep him as long as he can.
When they have to leave suddenly on the SS August Moon to evade the process servers trying to find Church, Johnny is glad they’ll have more time together. But the crew rises up against the good Captain Johansen, urged on by a stowaway who wants the August Moon for himself. Johnny and Church, together with the captain, the cook, a wireless operator, and the little girl Johnny saved from prostitution, are cast off into a small lifeboat—and doomed to the open sea. Their other option is to try to land on the island where Church once discovered a saber-toothed tiger. The problem is, the last time Church was on this island, twelve men paid the price with their lives. Will Johnny, Church, and their friends make it out alive this time?
This begins roughly where Call Me Church left off with Johnny joining Church Chetwood aboard the August Moon to escape the authorities that are after him after the whole Saber Tooth Tiger incident.
I loved Johnny when we first met him as a down and out young man doing whatever was needed to survive during the depression, even if that meant selling himself. When he gets “saved” by Mr. Chetwood and taken back to his room for the night, it melted me into a big old pile of goo the way these two found one another. Neither of them were looking and yet, they blended in the most beautiful way and are now on an adventure.
Johnny and Church are so damn smitten when we meet them again and I loved that John was learning a new skill with the skipper. But oh boy, things can’t stay boring for these two and when they stop to take in show off the boat, they not only get a new experience but they gain a few new passengers.
It’s you and me, partners, from now on. You said it yourself. Whither thou goest….
This book was so much fun. As I read it reminded me of the adventure of Indiana Jones or movie Romancing the Stone. Things are set in the era right after the depression yet we are in this world where prehistoric islands exist and men can bring encounter strange creatures, Mammoths, magical waters, hidden treasures and… things you have to let you imagine wander to enjoy.
I am still stuck in the book and all that I read so I am at a loss how to review it.
I loved that we got more of Johnny and Mr. Chetwood together. I loved watching them come to terms with the reality of their relationship and it was lovely to see John grow into himself with every touch from his lover and every obstacle on the island, even gaining the trust of a new pet.
At first, I found the new POV’s to be irritating but once I got into them and realized that this new POV not only game me a new couple to fall in love with but gave me the back story of how Chetwood fell to calamity on Iwi Po’o and then some. They were amazing together and their story brought this whole story full circle.
Whither Thou Goest was a crazy wild ride with new adventures among two men who are so goofy for one another it made me goofy for them.