Garrett Bowman is shocked that fate has brought him to a family who can sign. He's spent much of his life on the outside looking in, even with his biological family, and to be accepted and employed is more than he could have hoped for.
- Love Comes Unheard by Andrew Grey
Love Comes Unheard by Andrew Grey
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About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
September 14, 2015
Love Comes Unheard
(Updated: October 08, 2015)
Garrett Bowman has been deaf since birth and, after the death of his mother, he finally leaves home to begin his life as an independent adult.
Isolated from his three siblings by distance and, in the case of his brother, a lack of compassion or closeness growing up, Garrett feels all alone in the world. When his car runs out of petrol on an isolated Christmas farm, Garrett is surprised to find the owner of the farm, Connor, can communicate by signing and that he immediately offers him a trial job there.
For me the events immediately following this meeting required more development. I would have liked to hear Connor's POV and what he was thinking to make him trust Garrett enough to invite him to stay at the home he shared with his partner Dan, their three children and housekeeper Wilson.
Garrett's character and inherent goodness had not been developed enough at this stage in the story for me to take that leap of faith. Garrett earns that trust over the coming weeks, however, as he works hard contributing to the running of the Christmas farm and develops a close relationships with Wilson, Dan and Connor, and their three special children.
I particularly enjoyed Garrett's interactions with Connor and Dan's daughter, Janey, as he helps her improve her signing and they share a special understanding of living in a world without sound. Garrett and Wilson find they have much in common, in that both have lost their parents and been disenfranchised from their siblings.
This similarity in their backgrounds, combined with Wilsons proficiency at signing, means they quickly form a bond based on mutual understanding and attraction. When Wilsons privileged, pompous, brother brings trouble to their doorstep it will take all their strength, and test the familial bonds of this unconventional family for them to survive, and for Garrett and Wilson to hope to achieve the HEA they deserve.
Love Comes Unheard takes you on a roller coaster journey and I found it a very satisfying read. The lack of early character development, however, meant that for me this was slightly less than a five star read.
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