Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review: Love Means... Endurance by Andrew Grey

Love Means... Endurance (Farm, #8)Blurb:
 A Love Means... Story

Together for over ten years, Geoff and Eli built a fulfilling life. Their love and support helped raise their adopted son. Their hard work and dedication grew their farm from raising cattle and boarding horses to expanding into therapy riding sessions. Surrounded by a loving circle of friends, Geoff and Eli couldn’t ask for more. Until driven Eli loses his energy, and the doctor gives them the dire diagnosis of cancer.

Caught up in never-ending doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and treatments, their world turns upside down. With so many people dependent on them, they must pull together to put on a brave face, continue living as best they can, and care for their family. Geoff fears Eli, the love of his life, while a fighter, may not endure this battle, but neither is willing to consider succumbing as an option.

Todd’s rating:

 So 14 years after Geoff caught Eli sleeping in his barn and 9 years after adopting their adorable son Jakey, their lives are turned upside down when Eli collapses one day in the barn.

I truly, truly wish that I could say that this wasn't the beginning of a very dark and difficult period for the happy family, but that would be another story, entirely different from this one.

Eli is diagnosed with cancer and the story spans the next 6 months or so surrounding the entire family's grueling battle to save Eli's life.

Several characters from the previous books in the series do make appearances; however, those appearances are very brief, as they're there to lend their support, but know that the family doesn't need a lot of other people constantly under foot.

Other than Eli's own fear for his life, much of the book is devoted to Geoff's own past fears of cancer due to his father's sudden death by cancer, which occurred just before Eli came into Geoff's life. While he's terrified that Eli will be taken away from him and Jakey, he's also trying his best to hide those fears from both Eli and their son. How could he possibly go on living without the other half of his soul?

The book, while very well written, is *not* happy and hopeful for the first eighty percent of the book, not that you'd really expect a story about battling cancer would be, but we are thrown a few bones as the book comes to its conclusion.

My main take aways from the book were these. You should live each day to the fullest. And the love of the family that you *make* for yourself is infinitely more important than the love of blood relatives who would cut you from their lives due to their bigoted, small-minded beliefs.

So if you're a fan of the series and don't mind established couples having their HEA's tested, you might want to continue with this book in the series.

Note: This book is not meant to be a standalone read.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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