Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
[xrr rating= 3.5/5]
Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.
Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.
It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen.
I always enjoy an Andrew Grey romance that takes me back to the simple life I led in my early years. Don’t get me wrong—this is not a historical—it’s just that these characters lead the simple, uncomplicated life of young men living in the country, pursuing agricultural careers and facing ordinary problems. The author also usually adds in a minor issue, sometimes homophobia, bullying, date rape drugs, robbery, etc. In this case, we have a teen whose mom passes away just before he turns eighteen and graduates from high school. He’s faced with homelessness and a bully who carries a lot of weight due to his father’s position in the church.
While living with the pastor’s family, he witnesses the preacher’s son, who is the town bully, accosting a girl and the next day he’s sent on his way. He stumbles into a ditch in front of Grandma Kate (Planting His Dream) and the next thing he knows he has a new family. Kate and her daughter-in-law Hannah as well as Foster and his partner, Javi, all understand his plight and open their home for him. Shocked by their kindness, it takes him awhile to acclimate. And when he meets their farmhand, Abe, he realizes he might have another reason to stay.
The story is about a family’s love for their fellow man, a young man’s life and his dreams nurtured and allowed to grow, and the strength one can find within when courage to do the right thing is called for. It’s also a sweet YA love story and a delightful reunion with past characters.
Andrew Grey works his magic to bring a smile to my face and a warm and fuzzy feeling to my heart. If this might be something that you hope for, then this story and the previous one would be great to pick up. BTW, this can be read as a standalone but readers will get much more from it if Planting His Dream is read first.