Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Summer Symphony
Author: Brandon Shire
Heroes: Martin Zoric/Ren Wakahisa
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 164 Pages
Publisher: TPG Books
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Available at: TPG Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.
He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.
But does he have the strength to let go and really grieve?
When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.
Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?
Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love
This was beautiful, sad, and confusing as all get out. I made the rookie mistake of not reading any reviews, nor the blurb, and expected this to be a typical romance with a happy ending.
Not. Even. Close.
Martin just broke my heart. He was devastated over the loss of his baby and then the wife taking off. Life kicked Martin hard and he took it. What he needed was to find himself and his real purpose in life…and it wasn’t where he thought it would be. Putting on a strong and unemotional face didn’t take away the grief he was living inside, and that just makes his problems bigger. He just broke my heart.
Then he meets Ren, and he is just as lost as Martin. Being Japanese, Ren isn’t allowed to have a say in his life. His mother is a wacko, but she was raised to care more for what society deems appropriate than what her son could possibly want for his own life. She was in complete denial, and her constant nagging drove me bonkers. I would have said sayonara long before Ren did. Ren’s sister was a gem though.
Don’t make the same mistake I did and go into this book with a set of expectations. Read it and enjoy it for what it is, a story of struggles, love, and life. And like all of us, life has a way of putting people in your path that you didn’t even know you needed…and at the same time, taking them away.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*