- File Size: 11196 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072KT4PTD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If this is your first visit, don’t worry, we’ll get you caught up on all of the small town gossip. Unfortunately, if you’re Gilbert, you may be the topic of said gossip.
From his introduction as Andrew’s best friend in “The Palisade”, Gilbert was the character I was most excited to read about. Even in that book, he was treated as the dark spot in the otherwise colorful landscape of Lavender Shores, and that treatment has left scars and survival skills that, while perhaps not the healthiest, allow him to survive day-to-day. He’s run away, if you will, from the town he grew up in, only returning when absolutely necessary.
Walden is a new teacher in Lavender Shores. He, too, is running from his hurtful past. Passing through the small town as a child, he made it his dream to move there because of its openness. Accepting a teaching position allows him to not only attain his dream, but also reset his life, thereby leaving the past behind.
But, as we all know, we may be done with the past, but the past is never done with us. That’s especially true for both of these characters.
There’s a unique dichotomy at play. You have a relatively open town, accepting of all walks of life, and yet simply by virtue of its size, you also have the problems of basic human nature, including rampant gossip.
A Lavender Shores book wouldn’t be complete without some fairy tale element. This time, you get it with The Garden. Yes, that capitalized on purpose because, much like The Palisade, it plays an integral role in not only the book, but also the developing relationship of Gilbert and Walden. Think The Enchanted Forest, but on a smaller scale.
This is another beautiful book in the series, all about breaking free of ones past once and for all, and finally allowing yourself to be happy, to be loved, and to love unconditionally.
Oh, and there’s a wedding. Bring your tissues.
From the beginning, Gilbert and Walden have undeniable chemistry. But throughout the book, I doubted if they would make it to their Happily Ever After. This is the sign of a great writer: you know it's supposed to be a romance, presumably with a happy ending, yet, Rosalind Abel (aka Brandon Witt) takes you through the characters' angst. You feel your stomach drop with uncertainty, you feel your palms sweat with nerves. Your mouth goes dry at the very moment you need to speak. You are right in the middle of lust-turning-to-love. You have a front row seat to ups and downs of a new relationship, and you get to see the character's flaws up close and personal.
This story is very well written, and the characters are so realistic you feel as if you're supposed to meet up later for coffee. I'm looking forward to future installments in this series, partly because it will give me the perfect excuse to go back and read the first two books. Another marvelous book from this author. Enjoy!
Gilbert is Andrew’s best friend and owned the cabin Andrew and Joel bought. So it’s already known that something in his past keeps him away from Lavender. He sees Walden at the gym, while visiting Andrew, and they hook up, against Walden’s better instincts. But neither is looking for more and part ways easily at first. Yet they each felt a connection and after hooking up again unexpectedly, they can’t forget each other.
It’s hurt/comfort times two, with a layer of angst and Rosalind Abel wrote this just the way I like. Both men have painful episodes in their past, although Gilbert has had the worst repercussions. And while they don’t share every detail right away, they don’t keep their troubles secret from each other or hide the way it’s affected their current views on relationships. The characters are strongly written and I really became absorbed in their stories and emotional over their struggles. There’s the addition of a new secondary character, Donovan, who is Gilbert’s therapist, and the return of most characters from book 1. The Lavender Shores setting is marvelous, the small town personality encompassed in a LGBTQ friendly atmosphere, but still set firmly in the real world; a haven but not a utopia.
It can be read as a standalone story but I’d hate for anyone to miss the first romantic story of Andrew and Joel. It also explains the origins of the town and its residents. With this second offering, I think this series will take its place among my favorites. Can’t wait for the next installment and Donovan’s story!
*An ARC was also provided to me by the author, via Hearts On Fire Reviews, for the purpose of an honest review*
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While I enjoyed this slightly better than the first, I still couldn't really connect with the story.Read more