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- Print Length: 234 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 14, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002WC95MI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love Means... No Shame (Farm #1) by Andrew Grey
Geoff is precisely good with numbers and finding every small mistake in accounting ledgers. He is in beginning in his career as a accountant. Suddenly, he received bad news about the death of his father. Now, he need to take a big decision. To proceed his accountancy career or to be the new owner of his father farm? The result. Of course, he choose to continue managing father's heritage. Can you imagine a romance with a accountant? I'm pooling your leg. I'd been working a while as a accountant.
Anyway, the second main character, Ali, is a Amish and currently out of community( a year to explore the outside world), met his second soul, Geoff. How they relationship will progress? I' m sorry I've just said “second soul”. O yes, it is happily ever after.
- Well-written. I can feel it with every fiber of my being.
- Simplicity of the plot.
- The personage. Lack of big, wide, muscular men with huge pecs and round, bulging arms men.
- The set in.
- Some clichés: the Christmas finale, the gay world ( the two main character + the father + his partner + friend = 5) and some phrases such as: “I will love you always”.
- Too-good-to-be-true category because of too baby or girly sweet plot.
- I missed some depth and complexity of Amish society and culture.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I'm glad I didn't pass it up and I definitely would recommend it!
Twenty years of love/ deep grief /loneliness/ feeling lost and unhappy /returning home /fathers and sons /aunts/ farm hands /becoming responsible / helping another who lost a father /acknowledging parent /Amish young man /horses/ understanding & accepting /fear /first time/ courting /falling in love /managing attraction /not wanting to hurt /angst /anger/ banishment /gay bashing/ violence /best friend /past exploits /rebel /protecting family /breakup/second chance
I have to confess that I bought this book on a whim. I was not familiar with Grey's writing however, I'm now hooked. Will certainly read his other books.
"No Shame" is a great effort; and a story that stays with you for days/weeks afterward.
Geoff Laughton was raised by his father, Cliff, and his father's domestic partner, Len, on the family farm. Moving to the city, he has a job as an accountant and spends his nights picking up men in bars and generally being a party animal. His father had been battling cancer, and he had no idea it was as serious as it was until he receives the call from Len that his father has passed away. With the family farm being left to him, he returns home to live the country life, and he and Len (who helped raised him like he was Len's own son) manage the farm. Shortly after his return, they find a young Amish man asleep in the barn. Elijah is on "Rumspringa", a journey some Amish men take when they become adults. Venturing out into the world for a year, they experience life before deciding whether to return back to their community and be baptized, making them a full member of their community.
The book is the romantic journey Geoff and Eli take. Geoff falls for Eli's honest, caring, and open personality. Eli finds Geoff's compassion and tenderness to be equally alluring. Andrew Grey does a great job of slowly bringing these characters together. For instance, Geoff has an attraction towards Eli, but never acts upon it because he doesn't believe the Amish man would ever be attracted in return. It's only after some time that Len points out to Geoff that Eli has been courting him. Looking back at how Eli treats him and all of the things Eli does for him, Geoff becomes aware that Eli has indeed been courting him.
While Geoff is openly gay (he was raised by a gay father and his lover and has no problem with being open), Eli never had the opportunity to explore his own feelings. He knows what his religion teaches of gay people, and he's torn between returning to his family so as not to shame them by living a gay lifestyle (and possibly causing them to be shunned by the community), and living with the man he loves. All of these emotions are explored. What's refreshing about the story is that there are no artificial plot devices creating conflict or suspense. It's basically two very different characters from different backgrounds, and how they naturally overcome their own upbringings and cultural differences. The plot has a nice pace to it, allowing the feelings between the men to develop. It's a romance, not an erotica novel, and the focus is on romance and emotions. Sex is present, but not gratuitous.
It's a wonderful start to a wonderful series. The other "Love Means..." stories are equally as good, and sometimes even better. The characters are nicely detailed, and even secondary characters are explored and given unique qualities. The pacing is smooth, never too fast or too slow, and the writing style is engaging, interesting, and inviting.
It's a very very nice work and I highly recommend it.
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