The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.
Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado Springs. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents' old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away - the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.
Life, it seems, has other plans.
©2014 Brandon Witt (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
This was my first experience with Brandon Witt (certainly not the last just finished Shattered Door) and it was a great pleasure to be lost in his phenomenal writing style. Combined with the narration of Andrew McFerrin, I entered the world of Travis and Wesley and felt as if I was a part of that world. Witt provided excellent insight into each character, regardless of status in the story. I could feel the vial, antagonistic hate permeate from the 'evil' character and I could feel and relate to the struggles of both protagonists. Such intense skill and storytelling made this a tale in which I lost myself and related to journey of the characters. Certainly would recommend and am anxious to Witt's talents again as well as those of McFerrin's.
The missing part is the Romance or the feeling of falling in love - that part is very understaded and it is the Reason the book dosnt get five Stars.
Liked the Way the main character talks to his dead wife and the fact that the kids are a Big part of the story.
This was an absolutely wonderful, really well written story. This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. This story is based in a small town and is the story of Travis, a widower who is still mourning and in love with his wife after four years. Wesley is the new openly gay vet in town, who retreats to the small town of fond childhood memories to forget a cheating ex boyfriend. When they first meet it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, since Travis calls Wesley the “f” word and is very hostile to him. I just thought, how the hell will the author convince me these two belong together; I didn’t really like Travis. It was a long road, but in the end, I was convinced. The narrator does an amazing job and really brought these two and all the supporting characters to life. This is a multiple POV book. A little angst, a little drama and a lot of love. My only nits were the overuse of the “f” word; giving POVs to minor characters; and, the fact that Travis seems to bring up his wife so much, it is somewhat distracting from his relationship to Wesley. Overall, well worth a credit..
This is a beautiful love story with a host of individual characters with whom I fell in love. The story is well written and the narration just awesome. I loved all of the different, distinct voices and personalities portrayed. Travis and Jason are my two favorite characters but I loved Wesley's vulnerability and would love to hear the stories of Wendy, Mason, Avery and Caleb as they grow and change. I even loved the "out there" Iris. I can just see her in those mumus! El Do reminds me of the small town in Kansas where I lived for a few years with my partner, and our son. Our rainbow stickered car eventually just fit in.
Although it sounds like a painful story, I can't wait to read The Shattered Door (why isn't it available as an audio book as well?). Keep it up Mr. Witt. You write em and I'll read em. (or listen to Mr. McFerrin bring them to life!)
For as much as all of the characters were developed (including all secondary ones, their backstories, inner turmoils, the town itself and so on) the writer did not spend any time developing the actual romance. Mind you, I don't mean explicit scenes but the way it's written made for a precipitated turn of events that was quite hard to connect to. Too many different perspectives overwhelmed the story and the whole thing ended up dragging. It's a shame too, because the writer is clearly talented and the story was sweet and could have been charming. Good narration, sometimes a little too old a voice for some of the younger characters, but great tone overall.
Love the story , the characters and the narration. It was a bit long winded but it brought to life the depth of the characters. It's a 💘 story. One of the best narrators on audible!
Loved this book, particularly with the addition of the dog - made my day. Worth a credit
I enjoyed the way the author gradually develops the relationship between Wesley and Travis. It is slow and realistic, with misunderstandings as well as humorous moments. I loved the way we meet the family and people in the town as they interact with both men. The details and events give the story such depth; I felt the pain, the anger, the frustration, the grief, the sense of betrayal, the laughter, the love and the hope as the story unfolds.
The characters are not perfect and at times not politically correct. Their flaws give them a richness and passion that make them feel real. I had read the book prior to listening to the audiobook. I had characters I adored and those that I thought were vile. Listening to this outstanding narration, those emotions were intensified. Andrew McFerrin captured the voices of the characters perfectly. Highly recommended.
"Ended in an odd place"
It's in there with the best of them
Loved them all but Travis was my favourite
The first kiss in the barn
It made me cry. A lot. And laugh a couple of times too.
Weird ending. It felt like there should be more which is why I gave it 4 stars.
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