Please note that while Samhain is listed as the publisher of this book, the audio format was produced by Audible Studios.
Title: Scrap Metal
Author: Harper Fox
Narrator: Sean Gormley
eBook Release Date: 03/27/2012
Audiobook Release Date: 01/29/2015
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.
As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price.
My View – Story:
This story started out a bit slow for me, but once it gathered steam, I was entranced. Scrap Metal was very intense and rich. I am actually struggling on what to say. There were so many facets to this story. The characters were well developed and likable. Their relationships with each other were far from superficial, with each relationship affecting the other in ways that made them all stronger. There wasn’t a plot, per se, but there was mystery surrounding Cam and there was the struggle to keep the farm and the relationship development to keep this moving forward.
This was beautifully written. The tone mimicked the prevailing emotions and changed as the story unfolded. The setting was vivid and the weather often reflected the mood of the men and helped to show the isolation on this farm. Such a wonderful environment to display the character development and growth. And when Cam broke down, the author never once had to spell out his emotions, her descriptions of his body positions and his behaviors were explanation enough.
I liked that Cam and Nichol were not the perfect couple, but their love story was flushed out and grew into something meaningful. Their relationship was the impetus for a lot of the forward movement in this novel. There were secrets and discoveries and a love that was pure in its intentions. This love was wonderful to watch, especially because it still held firm in the face of those secrets and their consequences.
I would like to note, that there were times I was caught off guard. With the majority of the story being focused around the isolated farm, I often forgot this was a contemporary story. So when the men would talk about music I hear on the radio today or discuss events that occurred in my lifetime, it was like a smack in my face that I had gotten so wrapped up in the setting I forgot about the rest of the world. The author had pulled me in and then had to remind me this was infact, not a historical setting. Maybe it was the narrator’s accent, but I liked it.
I know you probably found this review disjointed and rambling, but I really loved this story. I am just struggling to put into words why I feel that way. This story was rich and for me, was a wonderful listening experience. I couldn’t put it down and will be listening to it again. Scrap Metal strikes me as the type of novel that only gets better with each reading.
I know I may not have convinced you as to why I loved this one, but I encourage you to give it a try for yourself. I hope that after reading (or listening) to this book, you will come to understand the depth of this story and why I connected with it so fully.
My View – Narration:
I am in love with this man’s accent. I wonder if it is natural or if he is just that fantastic with voices. Either way, Sean Gormley did a great job bringing this story to life.
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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