Love Comes Silently
Title : Love Comes Silently
Author : Andrew Grey
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : September 30, 2012
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn’t sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick’s silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
I’ve been meaning to read a book by Andrew Grey ever since I met him at GRL last year. The man was so adorable and so was this story. I would also like to say I did NOT cry like I was expecting, so no cry baby warnings from me!
Ken Brighton is raising his daughter alone, on his own after his lover left him. To be fair, once Hanna became sick that pretty much became his main focus. It was somewhat surprising to Ken that he was okay with the split. He’s an artist and has the luxury of working from home, so he can stay home and devote all the time that Hanna needs. He manages to keep it all together for Hanna’s sake but like any parent feels the fear and despair of seeing their child fight for their life. Wishing they could take it all away and into themselves. His neighbor Patrick becomes a friend after Hanna chats him up on the street. It’s a rather one sided conversation since Ken can’t talk but Hanna and Ken manage. Soon after he brings over a mac and cheese that Hanna falls in love with, which furthers her adoration for Patrick. Ken can’t help but enjoy the man’s company. Other strange things start happening. A box full of little girl hats appear on his doorstep, his yard is taken care of if he’s at the hospital for long periods of time. Ken can’t help but think it must be his ex since nobody he talks to these days has said anything. Ken’s a little oblivious throughout the book but that’s understandable knowing the stress he’s under. He knows Patrick is special and he’s come to depend on him for comfort and companionship but what more does he have to offer? And is that something Patrick is even interested in?
Patrick lost his voice in an accident. He’s had to start his life over basically and find a new career. He also works from home as a furniture designer. The pieces he makes are sought after so he’s somewhat successful but nothing like he once was. He’s been watching the neighbors and though he doesn’t speak to them, he’s observant. He knows the little girl used to live there with two men but now it’s only one. He notices she’s always home and is always wearing that pink hat. He figures the story out by watching them, which even he finds creepy but they’ve captured his attention. He finally meets them one day and it’s not as awkward as he thinks. He realizes he can maybe still have a life he wants even if it’s not the exact one he had planned. Patrick knows he’s attracted to Ken but with a sick little girl and just out of a break up, not to mention he can’t speak the words, how can he put one more thing on Ken’s back. He does what he can and he’s there whenever Ken or Hanna need him. That’s all he can do for now.
Talking with my friend Dianne about this book we agreed there are some obvious messages in this book: Don’t give up hope and enjoy the good things in life. Even when things are at their worst sometimes you just have to hold onto that hope to make it through. Ken kept clinging to that and Patrick sometimes gave him and Hanna something to look forward to. In Patrick’s, and I guess Ken’s case, it was grabbing opportunities. They could have sat back and let it all play out or used Hanna as an excuse to wait but they gave their feelings a chance to blossom. In the end Patrick, Ken and Hanna were all essential in each other’s recoveries. It really was such a sweet and beautiful thing to read. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional read, but with an uplifting feel that leaves you happy and hopeful.
Rated 4 stars by Whit