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Review: 'On the Precipice' a Fulfilling End to a Romantic Trilogy

by Christopher Verleger
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Oct 13, 2020
Review: 'On the Precipice' a Fulfilling End to a Romantic Trilogy

Author Robin Reardon concludes her poignant "Trailblazer" trilogy with "On the Precipice," the profound romantic adventure of a young man who turns tragedy into triumph, finds love, and finally begins to make peace with himself.

When the author first introduced the narrator, hiking enthusiast Nathan Bartlett, he was a closeted freshman at the University of New Hampshire. Now out and proud, Nathan has graduated from college and moved to Maine, leaving behind a trail of complicated, albeit meaningful, relationships. Having lost his older brother, Neil, and the grandmother who raised him, Nathan is not only ready, but determined, to start anew and make a life of his own.

Nathan's friend, Margot, whose life he saved during a hike in Hawaii, lands a job at a clinic in Bar Harbor, Maine. As luck would have it, there is also an opening for an administrator. Having already decided to pursue graduate study in addiction and recovery, Nathan follows Margot to Bar Harbor, and the two become roommates.

Upon arrival, Nathan wastes no time researching hikes in the area. He hears about one for advanced hikers, the Precipice, and when he decides to check it out, he notices Drew, a handsome stranger in a wheelchair. The men become acquainted after Nathan tries to stop two hoodlums from robbing Drew, and their magnetic chemistry is undeniable.

Meanwhile, Nathan appears to have made an indelible impression upon Emmett, a teen addict at the recovery center who rarely opens up to anyone. At first, Emmett is angry and hostile, but Nathan's patience and sincere demeanor help the youngster better understand his indignant disposition.

What makes Nathan's story so compelling is the simple fact that he is so intensely likable, for which the author deserves tremendous credit. He is honest with himself (sometimes too harshly), never pretends to be something he isn't, and has a beyond-his-years understanding of how everyone is a product of their environment, especially himself.

The budding relationship between Nathan and Drew, which is perhaps best described as tumultuous, is like none other I have ever encountered in my lengthy history as a reader. Nathan has to ask himself some difficult questions, whereas Drew realizes he may have taken his own self confidence for granted. Regardless of the outcome, both men understand they're better for having met each other.

While I would argue "Precipice" is the most haunting and powerful entry, the entire trilogy is wholly inspirational, fulfilling, and unforgettable. The series may be ending, but at the age of 22, Nathan's life is just beginning. All three volumes of "Trailblazer: The Nathan Bartlett Story" are now available at www.robinreardon.com

"On the Precipice: Book 3 of the Trailblazer Series" by Robin Reardon is available at www.robinreardon.com/on-the-precipice

Chris is a voracious reader and unapologetic theater geek from Narragansett, Rhode Island.

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