Title: An Isolated Range
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin An
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Stories from the Range: Book Five
Marty Green has two loves in life: horses and basketball. But suffering a stroke during his first college game throws a wrench in his plans. After months spent in the hospital, recuperating under the zealous care of his overprotective parents, Marty realizes he needs to be on his own, so when he’s offered a job at a ranch owned by his doctor’s good friend, he takes it.
When veterinary assistant Quinn Knepper sees Marty for the first time, his heart nearly stops. He’s smitten, and Marty appears interested though shy. There are just two problems: Quinn’s father wants him to hide his sexuality from the world, and Marty’s Wyoming Senator father is a homophobe with no idea his son is gay-which Quinn learns when the senator proposes an amendment banning gay marriage.
Dealing with two unsupportive families is a heavy burden, but Quinn vows to make it work. Unfortunately, that may mean putting his life on hold while Marty overcomes his emotional isolation-unless, of course, Marty sacrifices his happiness to his father’s political ambition and ends the relationship before it gets started.
Typical of Andrew Grey, the characters in An Isolated Range are vivid and remarkable. Marty has been sheltered by his overly protective parents, but he is a compassionate and decent young man. Quinn is the product of a vile father, who simply wants Quinn to be his personal servant and free ranch laborer. The relationship between Marty and Quinn is sweet, considerate and supportive. Quinn is a few years older than 19 year old Marty, and Quinn already knows that he’s looking for a forever type relationship. As he and Marty get closer, and eventually become lovers, they fall for each other but remain vulnerable to outside and family influences.
Andrew Grey doesn’t give Marty and Quinn an easy road to their happily ever after; instead, he portrays their journey realistically. Marty is just 19, somewhat unworldly, and still recovering physically from his massive stroke, so he’s initially no match for his conservative, politically driven U.S. Senator father when he discovers that Marty has been staying on a ranch owned by two gay men and demands that Marty return home immediately. I just love how Grey depicts Marty marshaling his courage and declaring his independence when he learns of the death of the kind and accepting elderly father of the gay ranch owner where Marty had worked. He realizes that he cannot live a lie, and that he left his heart with Quinn on the ranch. I also like how the reaction of Marty’s parents is depicted – his clingy mother surprises him with her support, and after some introspection (and a “talking to” by Marty’s mom), his father tells Marty that he will always love him. I also think that Grey’s depiction of Quinn’s father as a hate filled and selfish man to the bitter end is important and realistic – Sadly, not everyone is redeemable and willing to open their mind and heart to acceptance.
The quality of the supporting characters in An Isolated Range also cannot be undervalued. Wally, as the physically smaller veterinarian who stands up to Quinn’s abusive father and fiercely protects defenseless animals is fabulous. As is Dakota’s elderly father who is wise and accepting, and according to Quinn, who also makes everyone who meets him wish he was also their father.
An Isolated Range is a wonderful story of first love, forgiveness, and the impact of family upon us all. This is my favorite of Andrew Grey’s Range books, and one that you should not miss!
This is the first narration by Andrew McFerrin that I have heard, and he has a folksy, masculine voice the ideally suited for a western themed story. He does a fine job creating individual character voices and with representing Marty as a young man; however, I think that Quinn’s voice sounds quite a bit older than the age of the character which is all the more noticeable since Marty sounds his age. Overall, McFerrin’s narration style is appealing, well paced, and contributes to the quality of the story being told. I look forward to the opportunity to listen to future narrations by Andrew McFerrin.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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