What Can Be by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

13030951Title: What Can Be

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Robert Nieman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Length: 02 hours 29 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance


Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.

Story Review:

What Can Be is not exactly what we are used to reading when we see the name Mary Calmes. This short story set around Christmas is far darker than her usual fare and as you read the first few chapters you are left with a lot of questions that drag you into the story as the intrigue surrounding Jacob grows.

I first read this story back in 2013 and I have never been so glad to have forgotten a plotline as I was when I read it again this time. There is so much dark in this story but the beauty that counteracts that is Jacob’s survival.

Leaving home with his mother for a summer adventure before the start of school turned into a nightmare that lasted thirteen years and took Jacob away from everything and everyone he knew. A desire to reconnect with his past but also to run from his current relationship throws him back into the lap of his family but at a cost. His boyfriend Craig is the only one that knows the whole story and he’s the one to keep Jacob grounded and safe from his demons and I loved their interaction when Craig was trying to get him to come home.

Classic Mary Calmes this isn’t but it is a great little read.

Narration Review:

Robert Nieman did a sterling job for what was quite an emotional story. Certainly a narrator I would listen to again.


What Can Be on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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