Wendy reviews The Vows series Books 1 & 2 audiobooks by Addison Albright narrated by David Gilmore. Self published September 27, 2017. ‘Till Death Do Us Part: 8 hours 3 minutes, From This Day Forward: 1 hour 19 minutes.
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‘Til Death Do Us Part by: Addison Albright | Narrated by: David Gilmore | Length: 8hrs 3 mins
Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?
From This Day Forward by: Addison Albright | Narrated by: David Gilmore | Length: 1hr 19mins
Revisiting the characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are enjoying life in the summer after Henry’s rescue from a small South Pacific island, where Henry and three others were marooned.
Henry and Sam thought adopting Aiden—a child with whom Henry’d been stranded—would be smooth sailing. Matters are complicated by the public nature of their rescue that has turned the survivors into overnight celebrities. Anti-gay fueled animus rears its ugly head in the blogosphere, causing concerns over the impact libelous rumors might have on Aiden.
Their nightmare separation behind them, Henry and Sam are anxious to renew both the intensity of their former intimacies—now hampered by having a curious and still apprehensive child sharing their home—and their commitment to one another.
From This Day Forward by: Addison Albright
Wow, just wow! I will start with the narration by David Gilmore. He is a new-to-me narrator and I was very impressed. He does a great job with this story. I usually read a book before I listen to the audio version, but I didn’t this time. When I do that, sometimes it puts my own perceived voices to the story and I have trouble reconciling them with the voice of the narrator. Even had I done that, David was so good that I don’t think I could have had trouble if I tried. He does a great job of differentiating characters and his inflections are spot on! He nailed every single one of these characters, from sex to background! I love it when a narrator puts this much thought and care into their work, it TOTALLY makes a difference.
The story was very well written and had lots of angst and suspense filled moments. I honestly didn’t know how the author was going to deal with the big issue in this story, but in the end it was done flawlessly. I can’t see any other ending than the one it had.
The characters were engaging and I connected with them all. Henry… oh man, I felt so much for him! Especially since he was so in love with Sam and the reader had the dirt on what was happening with both of them simultaneously over the period of Henry’s being marooned. I really loved that he had some major revelations about himself and wanted him to be able to have a chance to be the person/husband/father he knew he could be.
Sam, well… he broke my heart. On several occasions. I hurt for him trying to live when he thought his husband was dead. I hurt for him when he struggled to move forward, I was happy and torn when he found a new love and I certainly didn’t envy him when he had a VERY difficult choice to make. I loved when he stepped up to the plate and didn’t think twice about taking “Buddy” in when he found out that Henry was set on adopting him. I was glad to go on this journey with them.
From This Day Forward by: Addison Albright
This review is going to be short. The story is short though, just a finishing touch to the one above. This story was the perfect addition to the first in the series and all about family and how they are adjusting to life back in civilization. The primary focus of the story falls on Aiden (aka Buddy) who is a delightful little boy and the finalizing of the adoption process. I thought that they had all gone through enough already with the plane crash and missing years, but no. But these are resilient characters that can face the horrible stuff life throws their way with dignity and grace because sometimes other people stick their noses into places they don’t belong and are real “Doodoo heads” about the whole thing.
Rating: 10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended)
Addison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with two peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, French fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.
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