9 hrs 5 mins
The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.
Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.
But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.
Two first’s for me, my first book by Garret Leigh on audio, although I’ve read many. And my first by this narrator, who has this low pitch, smoky voice that is perfect for this tale which includes Army buddies and an English speaking love interest. This audio book, coming in at just over nine hours is a perfect length for a week long drive back and forth to work and a couple of errands thrown in, another for the win side. The way that Jed and Max bonded but both had secrets that wouldn’t and or couldn’t share. The way they both want to protect and nurture each other, even knowing they each were hiding something. And when they found out the secrets how they tore them apart only to bring them closer. The heart wrenching scene in the hospital, even the cute little girls and the dog all made for an emotional heartwarming story. The secondary cast of Army friends coming in at the end brings me hope that we will have a second or third in to this?’
Book 5 rainbows
Narrator 5 rainbows
Overall 5 rainbows