Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love Means..Endurance By Andrew Grey

Title:  Love Means..Endurance
Author:  Andrew Grey
Publisher:   Dreamspinner Press LLC.
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Pgs.  200
Release Date:  January 16, 2015

Together  for  over  ten years, Geoff and Eli built a fulfilling life. Their love and support helped raise their adopted son. Their hard work and dedication grew their farm from raising cattle and boarding horses to expanding into therapy riding sessions. Surrounded by a loving circle of friends, Geoff and Eli couldn’t ask for more. Until driven Eli loses his energy, and the doctor gives them the dire diagnosis of cancer. 

Caught up in never-ending doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and treatments, their world turns upside down. With so many people dependent on them, they must pull together to put on a brave face, continue living as best they can, and care for their family. Geoff fears Eli, the love of his life, while a fighter, may not endure this battle, but neither is willing to consider succumbing as an option.

At first I didn’t want to read this story because it most likely marked the end of something that has been in my life for a few years. I have gotten to know Len’s family, let’s face it, it really all started with Len. He’s the one that helped save the Laughton Farm, the place where all of these wonderful characters received second chances, learned to love, healed, and was able to grow. Len was instrumental in raising Geoff to the man he is now. Teaching him compassion, how to love and not to discriminate and to just be himself.

Geoff took those lessons and opened his home to people who needed guidance and a place to call home. Those people became his family who had his back as he had theirs. One man in particular he gave a home to became the most special to him. Eli, a young Amish man finding his way in the new world, had become the love of his life and the heart and glue of the farm.

That leads to this story, the glue that is Eli. When Eli falls ill, the entire family pitches in and becomes the support Eli and Geoff need to get through this. Cancer is a scary thing and not all get lucky and beat it.

Now with that being said, this IS an Andrew Grey book. We know he wouldn’t be that cruel as to kill off one of the most beloved characters. He did make it challenging for Eli and Geoff though and let us not forget Jakey. Their son received a lesson about life and how it’s not always fair or going to be there.

As this one saddens me the most, mainly because what it might represent, it is my favorite of all of them. It was a family reunion of sorts, even if it was because of a bad situation. I got a glimpse into the lives of former characters and how they are doing.

That actually brings me to a point I want to make. Now this is just my opinion but this could use one more book or maybe a short story. Something or someone has to be fixed.

I love this book so much. I give it Five Blue Roses times Two. J

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 20 Books of 2015 by Blue Rose Review

I've done it a bit different this year. I didn't put why I like the books. Also the last book on the list is a collection of books that go together. I hope you like who is on this list. I wanted to put JD Ruskin on this list but the book "When One Door Opens" was published in 2013, I didn't read it until 2014 and I really wanted to include it.

1. The Last Wolf by Sue Brown

2. Hound Dog & The Bean by B.g Thomas

3. All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes

4 Control by Mary Calmes and Cardeno C.

5. Us Three by Mia Kerick

6. Out of Hiding by Mia Kerick

7. Wave Goodbye to Charlie by Eric Arvin

8. Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton

9. Tequila Mockingbird  by Rhys Ford. *I wanted to put just Rhys Ford here*

10. Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey

11. Love Comes Around by Andrew Grey

12.Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden.

13. A Fine Mingling by D.W. Marchwell

14. All That Heaven Will Allow by D.W. Marchwell

15. Candy Man by Amy Lane

16.Loving Leif by Amber Kell

17. The Exfactor by Rj. Scott

18.Angel In A Book Shop by Rj Scott

19. In Me An Invincible Summer by Ryan Loveless

20. Pulp Fricton "The entire set. By Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows, Tom Webb and Laura Harner.