Len Parker is laid off during the recession in the early 80s and decides to go back to college at home in rural Michigan, where he reconnects with his best friend from high school, Ruby. He's overjoyed when she marries Cliff Laughton and overcome with sorrow when she dies an untimely death, leaving behind her husband and two-year-old son.
Out of work again, Len finds a job at Cliff Laughton's sorely neglected farm. Cliff is still mourning his wife, struggling to raise his son, and has little enthusiasm or energy left for work. Len immediately begins to whip the farm—including the two Laughtons—into shape. Working side by side, Len and Cliff grow ever closer, but loving another man takes a lot of courage. They'll have to stand together as they face faltering business, threatening drought, misguided family, and Midwestern prejudices to protect what might be a lifelong love.
©2009 Andrew Grey (P)2010 Dreamspinner Press
"Love Means... Courage is a story filled with laughter, sadness, joy, love and family...with all of the nuttiness that it entails. It will have you laughing, smiling, and reaching for the tissues in places. A definite keeper!" (NightOwlRomance.com)
This was a great read. I enjoyed the characters immensely. I fell in love with some and grew to despise others as their lives became further entwined. Having grown up in a small rural town, I know how the busy-bodies can be and this book shows small-town life just as it is, in that respect. The level of homophobia is dialed way back and it was nice to see characters which seemed to say "just because you live in the sticks doesn't mean you're a hick!" I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a heartwarming story where the conflict is not disempowering.
I am an avid audio book listener. I have over 340 in my library and re-listen to them until I know my favorites by heart.
This book is the first of two and it is a wonderful experience. I have listened to it several times now as Andrew Grey has become one of my favorite authors. His other 3 books available here are all wonderful, emotionally rivetting stories that will take you from hot steamy scenes to crying at the sorrow of the characters.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
This is the first of Andrew Grey's "Love Means..." series. If you missed it while listening to the others, go back and see where it all started. I consider it probably the best of the entire series.
This book had a good story line but...the chapters went by so fast that I didn't get emotionally attached to any of them. If the dialog hadn't been so bland, maybe a few funny moments or comments then it would have flowed better. However, the dialog was bland and there wasn't a humorous moment to be found. More than halfway through the book and still no character development. There is a guy with a kid and a guy who was his wife's best friend. Never is there a connection, shared moment with wife and guy with kid and guy best friend. How does that even happen in life?Even if this was a very well written book where I could give a fat two cents about the characters in it, the narrator ruined it. He is sooo frigging chipper during the whole book (even during the death of the wife or speaking about guilt ridden feelings dude is having for his dead wife's best friend) that it became...confusing, irritating, frustrating..I could keep going. During the sex scenes the two men sounded more as if they were discussing the shopping list or checking to make the spark plugs were in correctly. (Okay, man turn her over now. Okay you're good to go. Thanks dude, see you at the bowling alley, say hi to the wife and kids.)
To a friend with an open mind yes i would recommend this audio book. Not everyone is open and comfortable with the gay world even now. But to admit you Love and Care about another is important Cliff and Len faced hard times and came through because they were there for each other.
On reflection Len. He's quietly strong and supportive, accepting Cliff as a package deal with his young son took a lot of heart and goodness.
Entertaining. Easy. Warming.
I downloaded this book and listened to it during a 12 hour night shift. So yes all in one sitting and i loved it.
Glad i found the Love Means... series
How I love these books! I have reread all of them several times while I wait for Andrew Grey to write the next one!
YES! I believe this narrator does an EXCELLENT job of bringing to life the story with great voice inflection and emotion!
When Cliff realizes that he is surrounded by love - rejecting all that is negative and hateful, even if it comes from his own family.
Again - emotion, life & vibrancy to the characters! I loved the way that Sawyer Allerde describes the setting, town & farm... Makes me feel as if I could see this 80's Western story unfold in front of me.
... The end! I'm not giving anything away!
Great Author! Can't wait to read more Andrew Grey books!
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