Granby Knitting Series
Title: How to Raise an Honest Rabbit
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Everything about Jeremy has always been a lie – including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life’s hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chance to be a good man, and meets Aiden, who is growing into a better one.
As Aiden comes of age, Jeremy finds himself desperate to grow up, too, because Aiden starts looking to him for things Jeremy doesn’t know how to give. Being honest is terrifying for a man who’s learned to rabbit at the first sign of conflict – more so when Aiden gives Jeremy a reason to stay that can’t be packed up and carried in a knapsack. When Jeremy’s past comes knocking at their door, can Jeremy trust enough in Aiden and his new home to answer bravely back?
My View – Story:
How to Raise an Honest Rabbit is a lovely “second chance” story. Jeremy, the son of a career con man, is granted an unlikely reprieve when he’s witness to the mob killing his father. A mob bodyguard allows Jeremy to escape with his life and a little money, and he ends up working on an alpaca farm and fiber mill working for Rance Crawford. Over time, Jeremy learns from Rance and others on the farm and mill how to be an “honest rabbit.” He meets Aiden who works at the mill, and they slowly become close and develop a caring relationship.
This is such a sweet and sometimes heartbreaking story. I like that Jeremy’s transformation doesn’t happen rapidly, it takes years for him to be happy in his new life and to no longer feel the need to “rabbit” at the first sign of trouble. One of the most touching scenes is when Jeremy learns to hold a rabbit closely in a way that makes it feel secure. Over time, Aiden helps to make Jeremy feel this same sense of security.
Jeremy and Aiden’s relationship builds slowly, and is loving and gentle. And this story has cute and innocent M/M virgins – what’s not to love?!
Don’t miss this delightful comfort read (and comfort listen!).
My View – Narration:
Philip Alces’ narration is great – his voice is distinctive and age appropriate for the characters, and is pleasant to listen to. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Alces’ narration is that at times I became to engrossed in the story that I simply forgot he was narrating a story. He never becomes a distraction and makes the characters come to life. A simple delight.
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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