Bethany reviews ‘What Remains’ by Garrett Leigh, published by Riptide on July 4th, 2016, 283 pgs. Release on audio on January 3rd, 2017, narrated by Craig Beck, 7hrs & 4mins.
Why I read this: This week is Award Winning Week and I enjoyed Garrett’s Roads series and saw this on audio so I thought it was a perfect time.
Rainbow Award: Second place in Bisexual Contemporary Romance & Fiction
Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.
Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.
When I read the ‘Roads’ series by Garrett Leight, it put me through the emotional ringer. Then I read the blurb for this one and my first thought was, “guess I will be crying again.” But here is the thing, I didn’t. Oh don’t get me wrong, my heart ached for these two, but I guess I knew from the beginning that everything was going to be ok.
But before I get into the story let me tell you a bit about the narration. It was BRILLIANT. This was only the second book I listened to where the narrator had an accent, and I can tell you this it won’t be the last. I have a thing for men with accents and Craig Beck’s voice and narration totally worked for this book. He voiced each character very distinctly, giving them each their own, for lack of a better word, voice. I will definitely be looking for more books he narrates.
Now the story. Like I said before I thought I would be bawling but I think the way Garrett wrote this one I felt all would be ok. Oh I knew things were going to be a tough road for these two and the angst was high at times, but the road to happiness was hard earned. The beginning of the book is told in the past and present, which I know might scare off some, but let me tell you, it is necessary for this book. Its not so much giving you background on these two. But giving you a back story, filling you in on how we got to the present. Its a must and very well writeen
I think I liked the fact that these two were an established couple so we could focus more on the now and how they deal. Watching them deal with Jodi’s accident was hard at times, because I wanted to scream at Jodi to remember. Remember their love, remember their life together, remember their family. Oh it was hard to watch at time, but it just made it worth it in the end. Watching Jodi fall in love with Rupert all over again was beautiful to watch. These two together left me with a happy feeling.
While this book did not gut me like some of Garrett’s have, it was a wonderful read with plenty of tears, laughs and happy moments. I highly recommend, getting this book, either to read it or my personal choice, get the audio. You won’t regret it.
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.