Review: TJ Klune – The Long and Winding Road (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4)

Author: TJ Klune
Reviewer: Toni
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.

Review:

I have not read the other stories in this series, but this book covered everything you needed to know so you wouldn’t be lost in the grand scheme of things. I did find the writing at the beginning to be rather choppy until I realized it was from Bear’s POV mostly. We go deep into his inner thoughts and thought stream. It made for a crazy ride, but also gave us deeper perspective into his character.

One of my favorite things was where Bear and Otter would be discussing something about having a child and the conversation would go from “let’s find a surrogate” to “Oh my god! These kids are going to be homicidal maniacs who will kill people and hide the bodies! And how could you let me use my super sperm to create them?” all this in about one conversation.

I love the family dynamics of Otter and Bear. They sound a bit off kilter for a family, but they do make it work. They are very much in love and only want what’s best for everyone they consider theirs. No, this isn’t a shifter book, but a very heartwarming story. The tale does cover several years and in the end it is almost as if the author will continue with another one, but there is a note saying this is it. I’m a bit bummed about that as I would love to read more about this crazy cast of characters.

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