My rating: 4 of 5 stars
He’s searching for a story but finds so much more.
Brad Torrence is next on the chopping block at the newspaper where he works. Hungry for any source he can find, he runs across an ad in the classifieds: For Sale: Nursery Items, Never Used. It’s the lead he’s been looking for. Thinking a piece about the loss of a child will give him the edge he needs to keep his job, Brad follows up. He doesn’t expect a single man to answer.
Rather than being offended, Cory Wolfe finds sharing the story of his grief and pain liberating. He’s even surprised by the spark that strikes, and one story leads to another.
Brad digs into his stories and Cory’s life, eager to know everything about the man who’s caught his attention. But when a lead points him to the hospital where Cory works, he unearths a mystery that might have been safer left buried. Brad’s search for a story could prove deadly…
So what did I think?
I think this is one of my favourite Andrew Grey stories so far! This was a sensitive subject handled very well and it was nice to see a romance novel bringing light to the emotional issue of loss of a child, no matter who is losing or when the child is lost.
Brad meets Cory when he interviews him in relation to a classified ad he has placed, selling a pile of unused baby goods. Brad is expecting a story based on a grieving mother and father but finds something completely different, although no less painful and sorrowful.
As Cory shares his story, he finds that he is able to start moving forward with his life and Brad becomes part of the future he sees for himself.
Cory is a hardworking, family oriented man although grieving so his life is on hold. His large and caring family are trying to get him to move on. Brad is so understanding and supportive, offering the right amount of comfort and sympathy. It is wonderful to see Brad helping Cory but just as equally, Cory brings the joy of family to Brad who is an only child. The mother’s of both men were a lovely addition to the story, reinforcing the strong family theme.
There is some drama thrown in as one of Brad’s stories results in him placing himself in danger as he reveals the illegal activity involved in the building of the hospital.
I really enjoyed the story in terms of the sweetness level but also found the dialogue particularly realistic. There was a perfect blend of sharing of emotions, romance and sex, without being to saccharine (ok, so maybe the epilogue was totally sweet and gave the perfect ending but I wanted it that way!)
“So you’re saying things happen for a reason,” Cory whispered, and Brad heard the sadness in it.
“No. Because I believe things happen, period. There isn’t a reason behind everything that happens, no matter how much we might wish there was. Good things happen, sad things happen, and we make the most of all of them. All I’m saying is that we have the change to bring things full circle…..”
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