Saturday, November 3, 2012

REVIEWS Come Silently


LOVE COMES SILENTLY
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty. 

For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn't sure he can have. 

Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick's silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.


REVIEW
I haven't read every book Andrew Grey has written (like others in our book club) but I've read enough to say that this is THE Best of his books yet. I cried - I laughed - I loved these characters. Their story is one of strength and hope. Ken and Patrick's relationship develops slowly as they came together supporting each other in living their lives, absolutely natural. There was no big "sweep him off his feet moment" but rather a fall into love process which was written masterfully.

Grey wrote a book which depicts two men's genuine feelings for one another as they cope with grief and illness. There isn't a terrible villain or any particularly evil homophobia. There is no fluff and no major angst but still this story captured me. While the main characters have grandeur professions, Grey still kept the book down to earth. There were plenty of unique pieces to the story... Hannah's illness, Patrick's muteness, Ken's paintings. All these things streamed together to create a beautiful story of family.

Love Comes Silently is simple, but no less powerful.

RATING
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries 






This book was given to us by the pubisher. Many thanks.

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