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The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood) [Kindle Edition]

Diana Copland
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Book Description

Secrets of Neverwood Book Two

The four years since Danny Redmond left Neverwood have been heartbreaking, and past mistakes continue to haunt him, even after he returns home. Together with two foster brothers he barely knows, he plans to turn the decrepit mansion into a welcoming place for runaways once again—the dying wish of their foster mother, Audrey.

Danny has nothing to contribute to the restoration, save for a gift for growing things. But his efforts to bring Audrey's beloved gardens back to their former glory are complicated by handsome landscaper Sam Ignatius…and the feelings developing between them, despite their fiery differences of opinion. One voice gives him hope, the only one he's always trusted—Audrey's.

Danny comes to care deeply for Sam, but things look bleak when Sam's city councilman father threatens to have Neverwood torn down. Why should Danny have expected the future to be different from his past? All his relationships end in disaster…

Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother…

Secrets of Neverwood is a multi-author trilogy; One Door Closes, The Growing Season and The Lost Year can be enjoyed either as a continuity or as standalones.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (June 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I15VKJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Danny. He came off as such a little ... August 4, 2014
Poor Danny. He came off as such a little prick at the beginning of this story, so it was a bit hard to feel sorry for him with his smart mouth and piss poor attitude. But that didn’t last long at all. He was hating enough on himself that he really didn’t need it from anyone else. His brothers were the masters of patience with him. They accepted him, cared about him, and were there for him whenever, or if ever, he decided he could trust enough to tell them his history. They knew it was bad from his nightmares alone.

Danny comes back to his foster mom’s house when he learns he was left a portion of the estate after her death. His two foster brothers received the other two thirds. Between them they were heart set on granting her wishes and restoring the stately home to its original splendor and purpose. Danny’s portion was the gardens, which he used to work in by his mother’s side.

Sam is a professional and the owner of a thriving lawn and garden business. He appears at the behest of one of Danny’s brothers to assist Danny in the renovations. Of course, Danny, with his major attitude problems, sees this as the brothers not trusting him and taking over his portion of the renovations. It doesn’t take long to settle the miscommunication, but by then, Danny is already in the outs with Sam…even if he is the hottest man he’s seen or been attracted to since forever.

Sam appears to be near perfect. He is very loving, caring, and willing to help without taking over. He is patient with Danny and sees through his punkish attitude. The two slowly…ever so slowly… start to form a friendship, and slowly, ever so slowly, start creeping towards more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fanstastic read July 27, 2014
Danny Redmond is the youngest of the foster brothers and the one with the most troubling past. Although he doesn't have much, he vows to restore Neverwood's garden to the way Aubrey had it when he lived there. But the state of the place needs more than one hand on deck, so Will (the contractor and Calvin's boyfriend) recommends help from a reputable landscaper.

Sam has made a name for himself as a landscaper away from the town he grew up in. But when he is called back to spend time with his dying mother, Will suggests he keep busy helping Danny with Neverwood's garden.

I liked this story very much!

Diana Copland did a great job of bringing together Danny and Sam, but it was the way she brought forth their individual story that I loved.

Both Danny and Sam had rough past that got in the way of letting people in, especially men. They were not saints by any means, but neither allowed themselves the chance to experience a true relationship.

Working closely together, they develop a friendship that soon becomes something more. They bicker, they exchange stories and ultimately fall in love. Their connection was immediate but their romance was slow in coming, which I appreciated.

I also enjoyed the fact that the main conflict continued to escalate without taking away from the romance between Danny and Sam. New revelations, twists and turns...I can't wait to see how it all plays out!
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Secrets of Neverwood is a three book trilogy with each book following one of three foster brothers: Calvin, Danny, and Devon. The brothers, who vaguely remember and feel no brotherly love towards each other, come back to their old home when their foster mother Audrey dies, leaving her run-down family home, once a grand Victorian estate, to the three. The men run afoul of a deceptive developer who will do anything to get his hands on Neverwood and must learn to work together, trusting and opening up to each as brothers, to keep the house and carry on Audrey’s legacy of taking in gay or questioning youth who have nowhere else to go. Under the overarching storyline of keeping and bringing Neverwood back to its former glory, each book deals with the men discovering Audrey is still with them in spirit, coming to terms with personal demons, and finding love.

At twenty-one, Danny is the youngest of the returning brothers and The Growing Season is his story. Unlike Calvin or Devon, Danny Redmond didn’t age out of the home, he ran away at seventeen. Life wasn’t easy for him out there and he brings the ghosts of his horrific experiences back with him when he returns home. He has no money to contribute to the restoration of Neverwood, but he does have experience as a landscaper and the memories of helping Audrey in the gardens. Danny bristles at having his toes stepped on when Sam Ignatius, a landscape architect from Seattle, is brought in to help with the grounds. Eventually Sam and Danny come to an understanding – and then more as they get to know each other, but Danny’s past is still affecting his present and Sam is dealing with a terminally ill mother and a father who’s never been happy with his son’s sexual orientation.
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