Title: By The Creek
Author: Geoff Laughton
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Soon-to-be high school junior David Harper hates his family’s move to the country. There’s nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city. But he doesn’t have a choice. His mother’s job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it.
At first, the only redeeming feature of David’s new home is the swimming hole across the field from his house. Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, and suddenly life stops being so dull.
Benjamin is Amish, and cooling off in the swimming hole is one of the few liberties he and his brothers enjoy. A friendship with an English boy is not—but that doesn’t stop him and David from getting to know each other, as long as it’s on the neutral ground by the creek. After David risks his life to save Benjamin’s father, the boys’ friendship is tolerated, then accepted. But before long, Benjamin’s feelings for David grow beyond the platonic. Benjamin’s family and the rest of the community will never allow a love like that, and a secret this big can’t stay secret forever….
My View – Story:
I have a new favorite Andrew Grey book. But this one is by his YA alter-ego, Geoff Laughton. If you have read Grey’s Farm series, you are familiar with Laughton. He is the main character and one of the patriarchs, along with his husband Eli, of Laughton Farms and The Farm series. In a book in The Farm series, No Patience, if I remember correctly, Laughton announces his intent to write a book that his and Eli’s son will be able to read, and By the Creek was born.
I was not entirely sure what to expect with a Young Adult title from Grey… err Laughton. As I have stated many time Grey is a comfort author for me. I know what to expect, and I know what quality I am getting. He exceeded my expectations on both with this novel. By the Creek kept me coming back. It had me needing to know what came next. Daniel and Benjamin were both lovable characters. You wanted everything good in the world for both of them.
I loved the story in BtC was drawn out over a couple of years. It was an intense love story, but had to take place at a slow pace due to Benjamin’s family and background. Laughton handled the budding relationship as well as the Amish character with the love and respect we have come to expect from his alter-ego. This story teaches respect, tolerance, and of course love. It teaches the value and meaning of friendship. It teaches selflessness. All traits with which I want my children to grow up.
My View – Narration:
Paul Morey is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to so many of his narrations that it is just a comfort thing now. He has a smooth and erotic voice and skillfully distinguishes among the characters as you listen. With his narrations, it is easy to get lost completely in the world of the authors creation. I will always recommend a Morey narrated title.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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