Erryn reviews A Way Home (Gay Amish Romance Series Book #3) by Keira Andrews, published April 6, 2015 by KA Books, 248 pages. The audiobook was released by Tantor Media on October 15, 2019, is 9hrs and 23mins and is narrated by John Solo. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read the book: I’m loving this series.
Will returning to their Amish roots renew their faith in each other?
Isaac and David never thought they’d go back to the Amish world. But when Isaac’s younger brother is stricken with cancer, they don’t hesitate to return. Their relationship is on the rocks after insecurity and fear drove a wedge between them in San Francisco, and David is determined to make things right. Yet if they thought navigating “English” life was confusing, being back in Zebulon is even more complicated.
Their families are desperate to bring them back into the fold, and pressure from the community builds. Isaac and David yearn for a future together, but each day it becomes harder to hide the truth about who they really are. They’re caught between two worlds, and if they’re not careful it could tear them further apart.
Can Isaac and David make their way back to each other-and find a place to call home?
Contains mature themes.
Book 2 in this amazing series ended on a cliff-hanger. Fortunately, the author had the next audio lined up so I didn’t have to wait long. When the previous book left off, Isaac and David had engaged in a massive fight and David had taken off. He was away when Isaac received the devastating news that his younger brother was dying of cancer. Isaac and his older brother Aaron departed immediately for Minnesota – Zebulon in particular and by the time David showed up, it was too late to accompany the men. David is met by Aaron’s wife, Jen, who is an amazing woman. She, without question, accepted Isaac and David into her home, making them feel welcome. She’s never resented the intrusion, instead letting the young men know Aaron had bought the townhouse with lots of bedrooms in case any of his siblings ever did manage to leave Zebulon.
As David deals with the guilt of not having been there for Isaac, he confides in Jen about his panic attacks. I liked that he had someone he could open up to. Someone completely non-judgmental. He does his best to cope and gets on an airplane for the first time in his life. He’s determined to head back to Zebulon to show his support to the man he loves more than life itself. He understands that means he’ll likely be seeing his family again, but at least he’ll have the support of his English friend June.
Isaac, meanwhile, is already back in Minnesota. He brings Aaron with him to the hospital where his brother is. The doctors make it clear that Nathan needs a bone marrow transplant or he has no chance of surviving the aggressive cancer. Both brothers volunteer to be tested and to donate if they are a match. To say this scenario is stressful for all is an understatement. While Isaac is only guilty of leaving, Aaron had left after he joined the Church, which is the ultimate sin. Unforgivable in the eyes of their parents. As Isaac attempts to mediate between the Aaron and their parents, he longs for David.
David does show up and as both men try to deal with their families, they have the opportunity to either grow stronger or to grow apart. This is a romance, so it’s pretty obvious that, after a lot of talking, they do come back together. Both men are under immense pressure to return to Zebulon and although they know they can’t, convincing their families of that is proved an immense challenge. They didn’t just leave, of course, but they are also in a homosexual relationship – another thing that will damn them in the eyes of the Church and the followers. This all comes to a head in several dramatic scenes that kept me guessing as to how it would end.
As I said, this is a romance, and I did get my happy ending.
The first book was entirely from Isaac’s point of view while book two was in David’s. I liked that this book alternated points of view as each man had high stakes as he confronted the life he’d left behind and tried to deal with the intense guilt of returning. This book packed an emotional punch. Or, I should say several. Finally, I will say I liked the imagery of the train and how it had always symbolized escape to Isaac.
These books were narrated by John Solo and I felt he did a great job. He hit the right emotional note every time and his interior monologue thoughts were carried brilliantly. He differentiated the voices well and that’s nice as well. I loved all three books in the series and will keep an eye out for more books by this author.
10/10 pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars