Bethany reviews ‘Love Comes Silently’ : A Senses Series book 1 by Andrew Grey. Narrated by Max Lehnen. Audiobook Edition released December 18, 2013.
Why I listened to this audiobook:
We were offered an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. And I had previously read ‘Love Comes Silently’ and loved it so I couldn’t wait to check out the audio book.
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.
Like I said above I have read the eBook version of this story before, though it was a while back and this was the only review I could manage after I finished it: “Beautiful” And it is, absolutely beautiful. I am guilty of reading books with “perfect” main characters, characters who’s biggest flaw is forgetting to work out once. Now I am not saying I don’t LOVE those books, because I do, but they are not real, they are not flawed, they are not HUMAN. But Andrew Grey writes those “real” characters, those “flawed” and yes “HUMAN” characters.
I had put off reading this one for a while, because I do tend to stray from the “real” life situations. I read to forget that the real world can be mean, and sometimes a real bitch. But man, oh man, I am so glad I read this one and now listened to it.
The audio part of it, well here is my issue. I am not an audiobook fan. Not, because I don’t like them. It is just that I tend to start listening and will try to tackle a household chore, but I get distracted and can’t focus on the book and miss vital information. And yes I will admit that when I first heard the narrator it was not what I had in mind. However, the longer I listened the more I realized he was PERFECT for this book. I enjoyed it so much that instead of getting stuff done around the house, I found myself curled up on my chair while the laundry remained unfolded and the dishes stayed dirty. But it was well worth it.
I absolutely fell in love with both Ken and Patrick the moment I was introduced to them. I must also admit I tend to avoid books with kids, mostly because I prefer the focus to be on the two MCs and because I have three young ones of my own and reading about sick kids is not my idea of a good read. However, Andrew writes a story that makes it OK to read about that sick kid. He makes it necessary to read about her, and I needed to wrap her up and hug her, and kiss her and worry every minute about her. He also made it not too scary to read, more comfort read than angst filled drama.
Ken and Patrick build something, something solid, something real and truthful before they fall in bed with each other. They work to form a friendship that will last, a friendship that puts Hannah first, a friendship that allows for a relationship to blossom. It was not rushed, it was not forced, it came natural and that is what will stand the test of time.
I can not really say more without giving too much away, but what I can say is the angst is low, but the story full. Whether eBook or audio this is a BEAUTIFUL story, and I am so glad I had the chance not only to read it, but to listen to it as well. It is a book that I highly recommend. One that I will re-read when I need a hug, cause it is, a comforting-hug in book form. Well done, Andrew! I can not wait to start book two.
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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.