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David is a Mennonite (a conservative Christian religion) farmer in rural Pennsylvania who has recently lost his wife of almost 2 decades to cancer. He has 2 grown children in college and a farm to run. He’s lonely. He’s lonely and worried about how he’s going to convince himself that life is worth living.
Christie is an again party-boy in Manhattan. When he nearly loses his BFF to an overdose he decides to take a good hard look at his life and re-evaluate things. When his aunt leaves him a house in rural Pennsylvania in her will, he decides to live there for 6 months to clear his head while he clears out the house.
On the surface, David and Christie are as opposite as you can imagine. But something in the two of them are attracted to one another like magnets.
Once Christie begins the cooking/sharing meal process, the two find any excuse to spend time together. The only thing that keeps this from being a “relationship” is David’s denial, and Christie’s belief that David doesn’t see him that way.
When David’s will finally collapses and allows Christie in – the passion is beautiful – but can it last?
As you know Eli is one of my “Hall of Fame Writers”. If she writes it I will automatically buy it and I’m NEVER disappointed. Sure, some I like more than others, but she ALWAYS delivers a love story that warms your heart. Every. Time.
This story is particularly satisfying. It’s longer than some of her other stories and as such we are given more time with our characters and that makes the bonding more special.
Because this is a very, very, slow burn – most of the story is the two becoming friends. It felt very authentic and plausible. When David finally does give in to his passions, it makes sense, and the readers understand just why he’s able to do so.
Christie is authentic and proud and “FIERCE” all the way through the story. His character stays true to form from start to finish and I really appreciated his lack of wavering.
The other thing I really appreciated was Eli’s consistency with David’s children. They too didn’t waver and behaved as I think they would have/could have in this situation.
I thought the level of steam was appropriate for the story – enough to entice but not so much as to over take the storyline. I don’t think anyone with religious issues (either fears or passions) will be upset by this – she handles the religious aspect with a delicate hand.
My only niggling complaint with the story is the ending. We got a very long and drawn out courtship, and then the ending was POW right there and the story was over. This is one of the issues I’ve had with a few of the author’s stories. I feel like giving us a bit more – especially given that Epilogue!!! – would have felt more balanced. I do appreciate the epilogue but I would have wanted to see a bit more of what decisions drew the couple to that ending.
In any case, it’s a truly wonderful story that kept me reading into late in the night and I couldn’t put it down.
Will Tulin is a new to me narrator. He does a fine job with this, he’s easy to listen to and definitely has a great grasp of timing and emotion. He doesn’t do much with accents or making the characters unique, which was a little disappointing given the potential, but this is a good way to experience this story regardless. Each character was easy to distinguish as they were speaking and the females were voiced well, too.
4.5 of 5 stars overall
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This story is a reminder to me ; love built on a solid foundation of patience ,respect and kindness is the best kind of love.
Another solid story by Eli Easton and a great performance by Will Tulin
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Another fabulous story from one of my favourite authors! Right from the start I was saying ‘5 stars’ and kept repeating it to myself as I listened to this very moving story. Eli Easton’s powerful and emotional writing had me in tears within the first few minutes and later in a heart-wrenching scene towards the end of the story. My heart went out to poor David as the loneliness he suffered throughout his marriage and after his wife died was revealed. The prospect of another thirty or more years living alone was just awful.
I particularly liked the two main characters—David and Christie—and how their personalities developed over the course of the story. They were two lovely guys who slowly went from friends to lovers, and that is the main focus of the story. It’s mostly about them and their relationship, and the plot is not sidetracked by a multitude of other characters who don’t hold any relevance. Yes, there are other characters and a backdrop of a strict religious community, but they’re all significant and impact on David and Christie’s story. The foreshadowing of church and family members discovering that David is gay and in a relationship with a man is very well done. The angst builds subtly as the reader anticipates the future fall out.
There’s an eleven-year age gap between the point of view characters and at first they seem like opposites. David is shy, kind-hearted, and unassuming with a secret hidden from everyone. Christie is confident and bold, and I adored how patient and encouraging he was with David. I revelled in the happiness they found together when they shared wonderful meals and activities, and the sizzling UST that crackled between them. Their eventual love-making scenes were beautifully written. I loved this slow-build coming out story with its second chance at happiness for David.
This is the first time I’ve listened to a story narrated by Will Tulin. His voice matched David’s character and the rural setting of Pennsylvania, and at the same time was perfect for Christie too. Will’s narration was clear, maintaining a steady pace with plenty of emotion and passion when needed. Lovely.
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