Book 2 in the Finding Family series
Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
At seventeen, Rick Albright left his home, his parents and even his old name, rather than pretend to be straight. But being on his own was hard. When his big brother Sam found him, and insisted on giving him a place to stay, he didn’t resist too long. Living with Sam is better than fighting just to survive, but it’s not easy to find his balance in a simple, small-town life, after his time on the streets.
Travis Brinkerhoff finally managed to come out in college, his second year anyway. It was the one bright side to losing his baseball scholarship and jock status. But without money for tuition, second year came to an abrupt end. He’s back in his small Minnesota hometown, and back in the closet. Travis feels like he’s trying to fit into a life he’s outgrown. If he’s going to survive, he has to figure out a way to be his own man, maybe even have his own man, without losing the family he loves.
When he left the Marines, Sam Albright wanted nothing more than to find his missing younger brother. Mission accomplished. Now he’s got an independent, possibly traumatized, openly gay young man on his hands, a girlfriend in a war zone overseas, and parents he has to lie to in order to keep the peace. Keeping it all together won’t be easy, but Sam has never backed away from a challenge
I think this book makes it to my favourites shelf. It was emotional, loving, hopeful, and sad; full of homophobes and bigots, animals and children; full of hard decisions and moments of joy; it was real life.
I will never take my family for granted. I admire all those who have had the courage to come out and be themselves even knowing they may lose their family due to ignorance and fear.
The Family We Make deals with hard issues and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a book that matters. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Read The Family We’re Born With first – it’s only 52 pages and free – as it sets the foundation for this one.
You’ll find stereotypes broken but no magic fixes; hard answers that you’ll wish were different, and people whose strength shows when tested.
Read this book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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