Iâll Still Be There is an intriguing tale told in two parts, separated not just by time but by how tolerance and the freedom to be oneself are inextricably linked. Eli and Jess are current time, two teens who keep their feelings well cloaked until they stumble upon an abandoned house and find themselves swept away by a passion that tears them apart. Silas and Clay are the products and the victims of the late 30âs on, men who found their passion despite nearly unsurmountable odds, making concessions to their time and place and accepting the consequences.
The journeys for each pairing are relayed separately at first, but as present day Eli and Jess reconnect, there is a gradual convergence until revelations of a horrendous crime brings new awareness to the young men. The tales of both couples are compelling and often heart-wrenching as those who managed to survive hate and profound intolerance against all odds offer lessons to the young men struggling with their own emotions.
This is a satisfying read on many levels with its authentic glimpses at the past and the compromises forced upon those who simply wished to live and love without censure. The present, with its mesh of old and new obstacles to overcome, is still a cautionary tale that the path toward a loving relationship is not always straightforward.
With compelling characters and a converging set of stories that holds many defining moments for each, ï»¿Iâll Still Be Thereï»¿ is a well-written chronicle of enduring love. This is a recommended read.