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Cricket [Kindle Edition]

Anna Martin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York native Henry Richardson needs a change. His boyfriend just dumped him, and his business has fallen victim to the economy. But is jumping on a plane after a surprise phone call taking things too far?

The promise of a new opportunity drags Henry away from the city to a tiny village in the English countryside and an enormous manor house his great-grandmother wants to bequeath him. As an experienced wedding planner, he sees the potential in renovating the dilapidated building and using it for events. All he needs is to find some local businesses to provide the essentials.

That’s how Henry meets Ryan Burgess, the shy but hardworking owner of an organic farm. The spark between them sizzles slowly while work on the house continues, but Ryan is deeply in the closet and unwilling to take the last step. They finally find something that clicks in cricket, something that Henry, a former amateur baseball player, is surprisingly good at. For him, cricket helps bridge the gap between England and New York—but unless Ryan can find something to span the divide between his sexuality and his fear, their relationship doesn’t stand a chance.

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  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ6PEA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start, but worth the wait. July 4, 2013
By Tina
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved Anna Martin's Tattoos & Teacups. I was looking forward to loving Cricket as well. It didn't happen quite as easily as I had expected. It was difficult to get in to the story. The first third or so seemed to move very slowly. The reason I gave Cricket four out of five stars is because the rest of the book was quite enjoyable.

Henry Richardson has lived in New York City his whole life. He knows his paternal Grandfather emigrated from England but is unaware of any family still located there. Henry receives an ominous summons to his lawyer's office in the middle of the day. He finds out that he does, indeed still have family in England. In the form of ninety-one year old Annabell (Nell) Richardson. She is his Great-Grandmother and a very wealthy woman. Henry was named after his father and his grandfather. Nell is his Grandfather's mother.

Nell knows she is dying. She has moved to an assisted living facility. There remains, however, the matter of Stretton House. It has been the family home for generations. No one has lived there since it was used as a hospital during WWII, but Nell does not want to see it crumble to the ground. She chooses Henry, because he is named after her son, to leave the mansion to prior to her death. She is entrusting that he will restore it to its former glory.

Having been a wedding planner in New York, Henry sees the perfect wedding venue in the mansion and begins restoration. He wants to us as much local labor and as many local suppliers as possible. This is how he meets Ryan Burgess.

Ryan is a local farmer. He supplies many local businesses as well as his sister's pub with their produce and eggs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I felt really good reading this 4,25 stars' story August 25, 2014
By JustMe
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This is a sweet and gently flowing love story. There are no threatening ex-friends, no catastrophes of any kind, just one death - and that one is expected and sort of reason to this story.
Henry has had a rough time. We get to know a bit about it through the book, but it does not play too much of a role here. He discovers that he actually still has a great-grandmother (Nell) alive. She is dying and wishes for someone to take care of her ancestral home. Henry moves from NY to Cheddar - quite a big step in so many ways. He gets introduced to the English countryside, the good people of Cheddar, the cricket and not least to Ryan.
Ryan owns a farm where he lives on his own with just a dog for company. He offers Henry to stay in a spare bedroom while he organises the restoration of the Stretton House. Slowly they levitate towards each other. Slowly, because Ryan is not out, he is not admitting to being bi. We get to know Ryan's older sister and her family and couple of friends, not least the colourful Shenal, Henry's great-grandmother's lawyer.
They enter partnership in a hurry, but there is no question that this is something permanent.
The only flaw I found was when Nell talks about her brother going to war for the Queen and the country. Sorry, but during the war there was a King on the throne.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting story well done July 2, 2013
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Spoiler alert: I just finished reading this story and feel that the tone of the descriptive blurb is more glib-sounding/formulaic and possibly misleading than the actual story, which has a well-developed, thoughtful, and sensitive plot. The game of cricket is a very minor player (cover art and the descriptive blurb poorly chosen to depict the main themes of this story). Henry is a 29 year old man from New York who slowly discovers his love and appreciation for his dying great-grandmother (previously unknown to him) and her legacy, a mansion in England in need of repair and restoration. This theme runs alongside that of the developing relationship between Henry and Ryan, a deeply closeted local farmer. Very satisfying, well-written story (i.e., no glaring grammar or typographical errors too frequently found these days) at a very reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading April 28, 2014
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I enjoyed this book and learned a few things about the game of cricket and the story was well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every moment of this book March 8, 2014
By Becky C
Format:Kindle Edition
I so enjoyed this book!! What a lovely read. Cricket is the perfect book for after something heavier; but, that’s not to say that it’s fluff. Far from it. There is plenty of substance here.

We have Henry Richardson, who has obviously had a rough go of it recently in New York; so, when the opportunity arises to go to England to oversee his great-grandmother’s estate, he jumps. The village of Cheddar is quaint, friendly, and seems to be just what Henry needs. While trying to find his way, he becomes close to a few of the locals. Though it takes him time to figure out those friendships… I loved this bit:

“When they laughed, with him, he was pretty sure, not at him, he felt a sudden rush of affection
for these people. They were probably his friends. That was a good thing.”

Then we have Ryan Burgess, Cheddar native, and local farmer. He and his sister, Stella, who owns the pub in town, are basically in business together, and both take a liking to Henry. Just how much Ryan likes Henry becomes the issue they need to work through.

This story could be classified by some as GFY, but I think the author cleverly steers away from that by giving us just the right amount of background on Ryan. He certainly has never been with a man before, which both excites and terrifies Henry. The way that Anna Martin writes their relationship is perfect really. They must move slowly – painstakingly so at times – but, it never becomes tedious, or feels like you wish it would happen faster. It is actually very refreshing, and makes the reader love them even more as things progress.

I enjoyed every moment, and every character in Cricket.
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4.0 out of 5 stars once upon a time
reading other reviews of ths one has had me ambivilent to buy it, yet it has sat in «wish list» for a while. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jody-Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best
I just loved this book. I read a number of authors after Xmas and most of them were awarded 5 stars. But to be brutally honest, they were more a 2.5 to a 3. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kai
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but did not connect with the main characters
Cricket was a well written, but slowly paced book. Slow is not necessarily a bad thing, but it was coupled with the fact that I did not connect much with either of the MCs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely...
Imagine a summers day with a glass of wine, a comfy chair and all the time in the world... this is Cricket. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RJ Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 Stars for slow burner international MM romance
A Hearts On Fire Review

3.75 STARS--Slow and steady wins the race?

This question I asked myself over and over while reading Anna Martin's "Cricket". Read more
Published 11 months ago by SheReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and loving
Very good read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Every now and then I truly enjoy reading the romanticism. This will become one of my faves.
Published 13 months ago by angela k.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romance
I really enjoyed this one. Maybe because I read it over a holiday with nothing else I needed to do, but I hope it was because it was just that good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Xanlthorpe
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could have liked it more...
Martin is a good writer, and I will keep my eye on her future work. I just feel that "Cricket" missed the mark, partly because it had the bones of a much better novel within... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peter Todd
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