Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Love Comes Silently
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Senses #1
Heroes: Ken Brighton/Patrick Flaherty
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: What a big surprise this book turned out to be. Mainly because men with children fall pretty low on my reading preference list, but characters with disabilities are pretty high on that same list. And here we get both. This is a heartbreaking yet beautiful story of Ken, his adopted daughter, Hanna, and their mute neighbor, Patrick.
I found it amazing that Andrew Grey was able to take a main character who could not speak and give him a sparkling personality. One who was able to show his love in such a way that the reader knew exactly the type of person he was, and the point he was trying to get across. That is writing at its absolute best. Patrick will end up on my all time favorites list.
The heartbreaking portion of this story is the fact that Hanna, just a small four year old girl, is suffering from leukemia. All this occurs around the same time that Ken’s boyfriend decides to take off for greener pastures. Considering they’d recently moved, Ken is basically on his own to cope with his sick child. Until he meets his neighbor, Patrick. Both Hanna and Ken see Patrick for the gentle and kind man that he is, and the fact that he can’t speak does nothing to lessen their admiration for the man. What they don’t know, yet, is that Patrick was a professional singer until an accident stole his gift. And was a silent supporter in more ways than they ever knew.
There are many truly sad parts of this story, but the blossoming love between Ken and Patrick was just gorgeous. Patrick is a total rock and is exactly what Ken needs when he needs it most. They were brought together by chance, but built a life together based on heartache, hope, and love. This story has a happy ending so don’t let the topic scare you off. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*