- File Size: 699 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QZ9QK0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The writing is very well done. I actually liked the fact that this m/m was not riddled with sex scenes - though I do love a descriptive hot sex scene! - this books scenes were appropriate and sexy.
The plot was enjoyable, though perhaps a bit far fetched....only in that I cannot see neighbors being so loving and accepting. Would be a wonderful world if true, but a bit unrealistic. I adored Gary and Gabe! Will we see a short story for them maybe?
I do not write many reviews, but want to support this terrific author! I've read several of her books now, and she is on my must read list.
Nathan isn't gay, he can't be gay. He has a wife and they are building a family together. Yet there is something that calls him to Andrew.
Over the course of 8 excruciating years filled with happiness, heartache, disappointment, and grief, Andrew and Nathan swim through life trying to hang on each other like life preservers.
Sue Brown has created a story with all the expectations of epic conflict and resolution. Just when you think everything will be OK, something happens to rip the fabric of their lives. Time and time again, the reader hopes and prays that Andrew and Nathan can find each other among the trials and tribulations of their lives while trying to not destroy the lives of those they love around them.
You will empathize with them, hate them, scream at them, slap them upside the head, but in the end, you will come to fall in love with these very real and very authentic men.
Requirements for reading include a quiet space to devote your time and attention and a full box of Kleenex. Sue is adept and clever at reaching into your heart and soul and seizing every piece of emotion that she can. In the end, Sue is also very compassionate about leaving you in a state of satisfaction and good cheer.
The follow up story, "Nothing Ever Happens: Completing the Family" is a wonderful and heartfelt continuation of Andrew and Nathan. It deals with the consequences and turmoil of homophobia and bigotry from with in family members. It is emotional and will again will rip at many emotions. Again, I must propose the heavy use of Kleenex.
As a devoted Sue Brown Fan, I've often asked myself if she is a major shareholder in the Kleenex Company.
Andrew and his family live in a quiet neighborhood. and lead a quiet life. A scarred man inside and out, Andrew is a photographer, a father, and a man staying in a marriage he never wanted with a woman he loves as a friend to please a religious mother. When the pressure builds too badly, he escapes for a night to find release with a man he will never see again. Then back home to pretend for another little while that life is fine.
Nathan moves his pregnant wife into Andrew's neighborhood looking to settle down, start his career as a teacher, and raise his soon-to-be son among other happy young families. He and Andrew strike and immediate friendship, and while Nathan wonders why Andrew has his own room downstairs, he begins to like Andrew a lot. At least until he finds the gay stroke mag stuck in between Andrew's couch cushions, and assumes the worst.
While they patch up their friendship, can the two men deal with the attraction that grows between them? And when Andrew's wife asks him for a divorce to marry the man she loves, what will happen to both families?
Where lesser writers would wrap this up quickly with both men leaving their wives and walking off into the sunset together, holding hands under a rainbow, Ms. Brown takes the much harder road and has life, in all it's sticky, uncomfortable and messy ways, happen. We see Andrew having to come to terms not only with the present, but with his painful past - how his overbearing and religious mother allowed him to be physically abused in the name of normalcy, how he bowed his head and tried to be the man they wanted, how he struggled and ended up with a pregnant girl friend and a son and a life he never wanted. And we see how his future is uncertain and scary. What is a man to do and who is he to be when he loses what everything he defined himself as?
And Nathan. Where Andrew had fought to be "normal" all his life, Nathan WAS normal. And now that he has fallen for man, what does that mean for him and his wife and his son and his self image? Can he be what he needs to be to be in a relationship with Andrew? Or will his fear be the master of him? Will Nathan take the easier road, the less risky way? Will his flame be dimmed, and allowed to die out.
The message here is that life is rarely simple, cut and dried, or comfortable. All of us brave the trials, the fires, the tears and the bitter harsh realities in which we baptize our pains in order to come out the other side renewed. For, as Ms. Brown shows us so clearly with Andrew and Nathan, the easy road seldom feeds the soul, and the struggle, while painful, allows our spirits to break free and shine.
It may only be through trial that we are rewarded. Lessons learned without cost may not sustain us when rough times come.
Andrew and Nathan certainly learn that grace comes with a cost. And we learn that grace may just be worth the costs.
I found this book to be a lovely, painful, harsh testament to the power of love, redemption and sacrifice. I hope you will too.
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