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Amateur photographer Josh Thornton is out but not so proud. He’s estranged from his family, his boyfriend dumped him, and his job at an estate agency is in jeopardy—especially after he crashes his boss’s car in the middle of nowhere on his way to Hartley Manor.
Callum Black works at the English country estate and lives there in an isolated cottage. Left mute by a childhood accident, he’s more comfortable in the company of animals than people. But when Josh—literally—crashes into his life with his camera and his friendship, Callum realizes his peaceful solitude has been more than a little lonely.
Josh’s affection for Callum deepens even as he’s consumed by doubts over Callum’s sexuality and whether Callum could ever love him. And Callum is haunted by the secret that stole his voice—a secret that keeps him tethered to Hartley Manor. When the past comes hurtling painfully back into the present, Josh and Callum have to overcome their fears and breathe life back into their dormant hearts in order to have a chance at their own picture-perfect future.
This was my first time reading from this author, and I enjoyed it a lot. My terms of category would be romance story with a side of realistic fiction for two please! I am happy we got dual point of views from Josh and Callum. I liked both characters a lot, but Josh stole away at my heart. This story is about friendship, love and little bit of self-discovery. Neither guys were given the chance to learn about themselves. Sure they went through two different paths, but it shows in their coming together how they each have grown. I think the author did good job on the writing of the story, and the tone that she was able to keep. Even with the romance playing a background at some points, I still really liked it.
I’d like to add him to my boys who needs comforting pile straight away. He comes off super lonely in this story even when he is around people and with Callum. Godness those moments of despair that he showed had my eyes watering up. He’s 23 and yeah that’s considered a grown man, but he still needed comfort, love, recognition. It doesn’t seem like he ever had it. I freaking loved that he didn’t give up or just fall into a pit of pity. I wanted to wring the necks of every one of his family members and friends. They were just plain out ugly and mean. I couldn’t wrap my head around that strangers treated him better than his own bloodline. I had to sit and think that sometimes blood doesn’t make them family. Josh hasn’t experienced much it seemed, and he was so vulnerable to mute Callum. That’s another good guy there. I was kinda skeptical on Callum reactions & emotions towards Josh. I was thinking the same as Josh really, could he like Josh as much as he said he was. Or was it the combination of him being new, and nice to him. As much as I liked him from Josh’s point of view, I learned a lot about him in his own point of view. Especially seeing the world from his eyes, and him definitely get the regressed memories on why he is unable to speak. Those memories were super hard for him to comprehend, and he had the best support out their. This was good, and I could definitely see it being longer, or maybe a follow-up in the future. This quote about sums up both guys journey by the end. It wasn’t easy, but they were able to manage.
“If baby birds don’t get coaxed or kicked out of the nest they never learn to fly.”