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This is not a spoiler, Bryce’s Percy dies in the first pages of this book, while Bryce is planning the wedding! Bryce is crushed, starts to recover, and travels with Jerry and John up to the reservation to go camping.
At the reservation he meets the grumpy Paytah and though at first they squabble, they later turn into friends, then more.
While knocking down Paytah’s grumpy walls, Bryce uncovers Paytah’s childhood of abuse. He calls in for reinforcements to help Paytah deal with his past and together they uncover even more abuse.
Though Paytah and Bryce are getting closer, the hurdle of where to live still remains, and what to do with their newfound love.
Andrew Grey does an excellent job of discussin some very difficult subjects in this book. Child abuse. Alcoholism. Racism. Poverty. Death. All in all, there was a lot of tough stuff to get through for these guys. Because of these difficult subjects, I think it was good that Bryce was so light hearted (most of the time) and optimistic. It would have been difficult to have both MCs full of angst and dealing with all those dark subjects.
I also appreciated the delicacy with which Andrew handles the challenges faced by the Sioux in this story. I think he really shows how difficult their situation is, trying to remain true to their heritage while not subjecting others to the racism they themselves face. I thought the Andrew Jackson story was great! I’ll never look at a twenty-dollar bill the same way!
I didn’t like this book as well as book one, mostly because I didn’t feel the connection between Paytah and Bryce as authentically as I did John and Jerry. Maybe it was Percy. Maybe it was because Paytah did such a fast 180 from grump to boyfriend. Maybe because the relationship moved through some pretty difficult subjects – partner death, childhood abuse, racism – pretty quickly. I’m not sure. But, I just didn’t click with them like I did the other MCs.
I still really enjoyed the look into the Sioux culture and appreciate the daunting task of tackling all those difficult subjects in one book and thought it was a good addition to the series.
I would definitely recommend reading this if you enjoyed the first book – we get to see more of John and Jerry and their family on the reservation, if nothing else.
3 of 5 stars
Andrew McFerrin does another great job with the narration. He really does a nice job with the subtle accents for the native americans in the story and I really like how he interprets Bryce.
4 of 5 stars
3.5 stars – It was really good
I have always loved Andrew's stories so I purchase them as soon as they are available and this is no exception
What started out as truly heartbreaking and seemed like it would not end turned into a story of renewal.
Thank you again Mr. Grey