Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Love Means… Story
Together for over ten years, Geoff and Eli built a fulfilling life. Their love and support helped raise their adopted son. Their hard work and dedication grew their farm from raising cattle and boarding horses to expanding into therapy riding sessions. Surrounded by a loving circle of friends, Geoff and Eli couldn’t ask for more. Until driven Eli loses his energy, and the doctor gives them the dire diagnosis of cancer.
Caught up in never-ending doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and treatments, their world turns upside down. With so many people dependent on them, they must pull together to put on a brave face, continue living as best they can, and care for their family. Geoff fears Eli, the love of his life, while a fighter, may not endure this battle, but neither is willing to consider succumbing as an option.
I put off reading this instalment of Andrew Grey’s Farm series for quite some time. Why? Because I didn’t want a beloved couple to face what so many families face daily (including my own). In short Cancer sucks. I didn’t know what I would feel reading about a fictional account of cancer ravaging the body of one of the best men in fiction. If you have read the Farm series from Andrew Grey (also known as the “Love Means” series), you are familiar with Eli Henninger. He is half of the patriarchal couple in one of Andrew Grey’s most popular series.
Eli grew up Amish. Fourteen years before the start of Endurance he left his community to start a life on the farm with the love of his life, Geoff Laughton. Over those 14 years, Geoff and Eli have made a family, despite Eli having been shunned by his birth family. When Eli is struck down by cancer, we get to see just how strong that family is. We get to see that sometimes your “real” family is the family you choose. We also get to see Eli learning to let go of old hurts and live for the day.
Throughout Eli’s battle, we get to glimpse into the lives of some of the men Eli and Geoff have helped and touched over the years. We get to see house Eli has affected everyone around him.
You know that I enjoy a good Andrew Grey comfort read now and then, but that I tend to want more from his stories. For the first time in a long time, I think he balanced the light and heavy emotions well. He confronted the issues instead of having them happen off-page. He captured the struggles a family dealing with cancer treatments faces. He captured the hurt and pain for both the patient, but also the caretaker and loved ones.
Part of me wants to say that this was a perfect swan song for the series. Part of me is interested to know how Jonah and Raine resolve their issues.
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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