Truly the “Most Beautiful Words” that Raine O’Tierney has penned …
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Twelve-year-old Autumn’s world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy’s life whom he lost fifty years ago.
Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death’s door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there’s someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.
Most Beautiful Words is not a traditional boy meets boy romance, or a lighthearted read that you will easily breeze through. Nor does it fit neatly into any specific trope category. However, it is a story that will take your breath away as you experience the love of two men who defy society’s norms and time to claim each other’s hearts, the all-encompassing grief of inexplicable loss, and the power of friendship and some familial relationships.
The story is largely told from the perspective of Autumn, a twelve year old girl who refuses to accept that her beloved Grand-Pop Tommy may die and leave her after he suffers a sudden and life threatening illness. As a confused Tommy lingers between both this world and the afterlife, Autumn’s young world seems to crumble around her at the thought of losing the Grand-Pop who tells her secrets, stories, and loves her unconditionally. Grand-Pop has shared his greatest secret with her, and as Autumn grows more engrossed in her grief and becomes physically ill, she is convinced that she is in a private “battle” for Grand-Pop with the one person who he has always owned his heart – his long dead secret husband, Roy.
The reader is granted glimpses into the true and timeless love that Tommy and Roy privately shared. The scenes are purely hopeful, heartbreaking, and tragic. Also amazing is the sweetly loving, yet platonic, relationship between Tommy and the widow he marries. Although their marriage isn’t one with passion, she keeps Tommy’s secret without judgment, and together they form a family and rear her children.
I read many books and I usually know within the first several pages whether I am going to love a story. However, I was unprepared for the beauty and power of Most Beautiful Words. I was swept away by the desperate pain and fiercely loving relationships depicted within this story. Autumn and her Grand-Pop love each other mightily, and it’s a love so all-encompassing for young Autumn that she cannot imagine living without Grand-Pop physically with her. Tommy’s love of Roy is pure, passionate, and truly forever, as is Roy’s love of Tommy that does not fade with the passing of life or time. Also, the love Tommy shares with his wife is honest, trustworthy and sincere. Equally gripping is the gut wrenching loss experienced by these characters. Tommy’s loss of Roy strips him of hope, and only years later with his wife and the family they create does he begin to find purchase again, but Roy never leaves his thoughts or heart. However, it is young Autumn’s almost frantic attempt to force her Grand-Pop to cling to this life that is most sad. She doesn’t want to lose him, and resents Roy and the love he shares with Tommy that she is convinced is luring Grand-Pop away. Her struggle and ultimate revelation that love is not a finite resource, and that Grand-Pop can love both her and Roy, is simply sob-worthy.
I highly recommend that you read this lovely story. Reading Raine O’Tierney’s Most Beautiful Words will surely serve as a reminder that love is best when shared, and that true love is forever. Just remember to grab your tissues when you read this story … you’re going to need them! I honestly cried the ugly cry while reading it …
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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