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title pic ARC Review: Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey

Posted by Becky Condit on August 1, 2013

“His friends will be here soon, and I daresay you better not be. I have a mind to call the police, and I can tell you they’ll find a charge for abandoning someone alongside the road, especially someone who can’t see.”

GENRE: M/M, disability
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!

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Howard Justinian has always had to fight for his freedom. Because he was born blind, everyone is always trying to shelter him, but he’s determined to live his life on his own terms.

When an argument with his boyfriend over that hard-won self-reliance leaves Howard stranded by the side of the road, assistance arrives in the form of Gordy Jarrett. Gordy is a missionary’s son, so helping others is second nature—and he does it in such an unassuming manner that Howard can’t say no.

Life is barely back on track when Howard receives shocking news: his sister died, leaving him her daughter to care for. Howard now faces his greatest challenge yet: for Sophia’s safety, he’ll need to accept help, but will he learn to accept it from Gordy, the one man who will not curb his independence?

BECKY CONDIT’S OPINION: Andrew Grey’s Love Comes in Darkness is one of his most touching books. The characters are beautifully developed and a lot of research has gone into writing them so realistically. The plot flows from a terrible event in the first pages to a satisfying HEA at the end. And in between those points lies the story.

Howard is blind but he is not damaged. He is simply without the sense of sight. A cruel boyfriend has left him by the side of the road, lost and alone, without even his cane for guidance and protection, when Gordy finds him and takes him safely home.

Howard has many friends but his best friend is his sister. When she is killed, leaving a six year old daughter in Howard’s custody, he momentarily questions his ability to care for the child but quickly realizes he needs little Sophia as much as she needs him. But how does Gordy fit into that picture? It is something both Howard and Gordy will have to figure out, together. There is another child in this book, Gordy’s niece, who is wise beyond her years and compassionate beyond the ability of most adults. I love the way Andrew Grey writes families. The children are smart and loving but not precociously annoying.

The question for Howard is how he can accept the help he needs without abandoning his principals and his need to be independent as a sightless man in a visual world. Andrew Grey answers this with kindhearted reassurance. Another notch in Andrew Grey’s stock of terrific books.

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Title: Love Comes in Darkness
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publication Date: August 9, 2013
Series: Senses
Cover Art: LC Chase
Length: 204 pages

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