Title: I Can See For Miles
Author: Lisa Worral
Narrator: Chris Patton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald’s sight, he’s faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he’s not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh’s friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper. Charlie seems to feel the attraction too, but when a horse named Dottie pushes them into a hot first kiss, Charlie resists. He believes he’s damaged goods, not boyfriend material. Since the accident, Josh has faced tough obstacles, but the most challenging hurdle of all may be getting Charlie to open up and take a chance on love.
My View – Story:
When I first read this book last year I fell in love completely with the story and the characters.
To me it was a very calm love story. There wasn’t a great deal of angst, there were no bad or awful people causing trouble there were just two young men who were each dealing with what life had dealt them in the best way they could.
Josh Donald made a stupid mistake in a split second that changed his life. Kayaking in the dark with his then boyfriend left him unconscious after a hefty bang to the head. Waking up two days later in hospital the world was black, his eyesight was gone, and his whole life was set to change. His boyfriend Alec is gone before Josh even wakes up from his coma. Josh is left alone and scared but he covers his fears up with a personality that is larger than life.
As a way of helping Josh get over the loss of his boyfriend and all the changes to his life his two best friends take him on a camping trip designed for blind and partially sighted people. From his first introduction to Charlie, the camp organiser, it is obvious that Josh is taken with the man and his larger than life personality takes on a life of his own with teasing and good natured banter.
Charlie is losing his eyesight slowly but surely due to recurring cataracts. In his role at the camp he is a very positive person instilling in the young and old that losing your sight does not have to have a devastating effect on your life. This is something that is about to come back and haunt him as his eyesight rapidly worsens by the day and causes him to suddenly panic. As operation after operation failed his ex boyfriend became his tormentor and acted cruelly. This has left Charlie fearful of looking for love again and he doesn’t know what to do with his attraction to Alec. Add in the recent conversation that maybe they have a chance of saving his sight, the alternative is total blindness, and Charlie is a mixed up mess of emotions.
Becoming friends and then lovers affects these two men in very different ways and the outcome after an accident at the river leaves them both devastated for different reasons. Josh is left feeling deserted for the second time in his life leaving him with little confidence in himself. Charlie feels like a complete failure for letting Josh get hurt and even though it breaks his heart he walks away to protect the other man.
The hurt from both of them is palpable and it will take a small amount of interfering from one of Josh’s best friends and a large bit of honesty from Charlie and Josh with each other for them to get their happy ending!
My View – Narration:
Clear and very easy to listen to. I can’t remember if this is my first Chris Patton narration but I would certainly listen to him again.
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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