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It is the story of Dixon, who lost his sight and his partner in an accident. He returns home to his family with their young daughter and meets Audie, the father of his daughter's schoolmate. Dixon is having a hard time adjusting to being blind and Audie is a wonderful cowboy looking for love. The kids play a big role and there are also well meaning but overbearing moms. Not a lot of drama or angst. The narrator is a favorite and does a great job. The only issue I had was a production error. Throughout the book, at random points, the narration suddenly sounded muffled. Like they went back to correct some dialogue, but the sound quality changed dramatically. It was only for a second or two but it was enough to draw me out of the story. It was very annoying.
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I loved the plot, the characters Audie and Dixon and their character development, and the story on the whole.
What I didn't love was the choppy editing of the narration, the sound quality, and the rushed ending.
This story has a trope I really enjoy: hurt/comfort. Dixon has lost both his husband and his sight in a horrific car accident. He's forced to move home with his parents because he can't do for himself, and needs time to get better and regroup before going to a special school that teaches people how to cope with their blindness. His daughter, Randi is having a really hard time adjusting to the changes in their life as well and acting out, particularly at school by hitting another child, Grainger. Grainger's father Audie is called in and is surprised to find out that his son has been fighting, and that the other child is a girl and a little spitfire. Audie is surprised again to find out that Dixon is gay and very out with it, particularly as his own homosexuality is a closely guarded secret.
The children were well characterized, and, thankfully, not present enough to be a bother to me. I liked both Audie and Dixon, especially that they were both human and flawed and just trying to do the best they could, and in Dixon's case, making the best out of a truly shitty situation.
The two men begin to spend time together because of the children and slowly begin building a relationship. While their kids have no problem with them together, Audie's mom isn't happy about it because she wants to keep Audie's gayness under wraps, and Dixon's mom isn't so happy about it because she isn't calling the shots anymore.
I enjoyed seeing the two men's relationship grow and their genuine affection and feelings for one another, which makes it all the more disappointing that the end was so rushed. I wanted to know more about Dixon going to the school for the blind. I wanted to know more about Audie's horse farm. I wanted to know more about their lives together. Instead I got a "everything is great and they lived happily ever after!" kind of ending, which just felt way too rushed.
As for the narration, Paul Morey is splendid, as per usual, but this is one of those times where not even great narration/acting can save the audio book - and it's all because of poor editing and sound quality.
If it weren't for the poor sound quality and the ending this would have a much higher rating.
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