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Release Day Review: Rekindled Flame 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 works in information systems for a large corporation. 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.
June 13, 2016
Read the excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind.
Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan’s house, they both become suspicious and wonder what’s going on.
Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he’s happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.
Overcoming Adversity and Living to Tell the Tale
Morgan is a firefighter presented with a wheelchair challenge during an incendiary situation. After getting the unconscious man out of the house and follows him to the hospital once the blaze is out, he learns that the man is no other than his best friend from his childhood.
Richard wanted to be career military, but bad intel took the lives of most of his platoon and left him without the use of his legs. When he comes to in the hospital and discovers Morgan, who promptly offers his own house for Richard to use as he recovers and gets his bearings, he gratefully accepts, and the two men resume their friendship. However, with an arsonist on the loose, even the home of a firefighter may not be safe.
The plot of this mystery romance is solid, and the pacing flows smoothly. Dealing with mental and physical trauma and its aftereffects is a special talent that Mr. Grey has in spades. The PTSD and its debilitating associated trauma was presented beautifully. The mystery aspect of the novel kept me guessing all the way through, which was a very nice surprise for a person known to solve these things early on in the book! The characters developed organically, and the ending is an Andrew Grey special – heartfelt without feeling contrived.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Andrew Grey is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me, as he presents a multitude of situations in his books, precluding any of them from feeling repetitive. This is a solid four star read that I recommend without reservation!
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