The Deep of the Sound, (A Bluewater Bay Novel), Amy Lane
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
Hurrah, more Bluewater. I love this series, each author puts their own style to the series, but the connection to the main story is always clear. Amy is an author new to me and I loved this book and will look out for more from her. Its a really enjoyable read, marrying romance with a story that’s full of sadness and drama, tenderness and emotion, problems and solutions and ending in a HEA – my favourite. It’s not necessary to have read other books, as with each in this series it’s a standalone read.
So Cal, what a nightmare life he leads. Working all hours just to stay still, and is the whole support for his brother Keir and uncle Nascha. He loves them dearly so he doesn’t resent giving up his dreams, they’re family and they love him too, but sometimes life is so hard. He’s always playing catch up, never having quite enough money for even their basic needs, and when something happens and he’s ill its a nightmare time. I so felt for him, just wanted o hug him and make him feel less alone in the decision making and responsibility.
Then he meets Avery. Avery’s another troubled person, though his problems are very different from Cal’s. His parents are very hands off, unsupportive and feel his Gay lifestyle will wear off if only he’d date a nice girl. Sad isn’t it that this scene is only too real….Then things go really awry, and he takes the chance to move and leave everything behind for a fresh start. Trouble is poor Avery is a klutz, life seems to conspire against him and I know just how he feels. I’m typing this at 10 am with a coffee stain down my top…people like us just seem to attract disasters, both small and large. I reckon we’re the pay off in Chaos theory for all those golden, successful types!! Avery is a good person, kind and bright, trying always to see the upside even though he’s always getting knocked back. Its on one of those knockbacks when Cal sees him, and the two are soon involved in a “for now” romance. Cal is just enjoying Avery, would love to have more, but just knows someone as sunny and promising won’t stay and Cal is tied, responsibility doesn’t allow him time for more than just “for now”.
Its a great read, full of things that are so real, the struggle to help those we love, to earn enough for bills, to get over the series of hiccups life throws, and these two just deserved so much more, deserved to have the love they shared and be happy. I loved the portrayal of Cal’s brother – not the sweetened, sappy part grown child we usually see, but a lad that’s shown in his rages, irrationality and to be a potential danger, as well as someone who’s loving and more than just his diagnoses. Cal’s uncle too – has dementia and he’s such a lovely man, and tries so hard, but losing mind and memory makes it difficult, and Cal can’t rely in his help with Keir. There’s so much in this story, the Gay issue of course, but also Race issues, the mental health problems, how hard is is to get the right help, to earn more than enough for basics, the responsibility of looking after people with problems, the loneliness of not having another adult to just talk to, and of course its been great to meet some of the people and places we know from other books.
Stars: Five, fabulous read.
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