Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recommended Read: Love Means... Endurance by Andrew Grey

Title:  Love Means…Endurance

Series Title: Farm, 8

Author:Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Contemporary GLBT MM

Page Count: 200 pages

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

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.

Review of book:

Wow.  This was my first introduction into the Farm series by Andrew Grey, and man did this book put me through the wringer emotionally.  LoveMeans…Endurance, the eighth installment in the series is fine to be read on its own, however I think once you've delved into it, you'll want to check out the previous books.  (I know that's what I'll be doing.)This author has a way of creating characters that I feel so connected to, and in this particular plot, it hit even closer to home for me.   Having lost my father to cancer two years ago, I'm very familiar with the range of emotions that accompany this awful diagnosis.  I think Mr. Grey captured Geoff’s fears and Eli’s frustrations perfectly – but then again knowing this author, I'm not surprised by this at all.

Endurance doesn't contain a particularly sexy plot; in fact there's not much in way of sex, and what is written isn't terribly explicit.  Make no mistake though, this was most assuredly a love story.  I found that it was a passionate plot about two people deeply in love, who had already faced so much to be together.  The sacrifices that Eli, Geoff and their son made during the course of the book had me in tears more than once, and I was taken back to those moments of helplessness during my father’s illness.  I think though, my favorite part of the story, was when Geoff decided to pay Eli’s Uncle Zebediah a visit to tell him about the cancer.   To me, that was an act of pure love.  Geoff had no real hope that Eli’s uncle would receive him favorably, since Eli had been disowned by the family (and Amish community at large) for being gay. He made the attempt anyway. Geoff knew how much Eli still hurt over the break, and wanted to do whatever he could to help his partner heal emotionally. 

If you are a fan of plots laden with emotion, angst, and true love that not only abides, but flourishes in the face of adversity. Then Love Means…Endurance is something I'd highly recommend.

                                           Five Shooting Stars and Star Dust Award

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