David, Renewed by Diana Copland ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

Title: David, Renewed

Author: Diana Copland

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/16/2017

Length: 09 hours 02 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.

Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.

David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.

Story Review:

This book is exactly as the title suggests, a story of a man taking charge of his life and discovering who he is and wants to be. This is that kind of book you have to be in the right mood for, but when you are in the mood for a slow, comfortable, low angst read, this is that book that will leave you utterly content and satisfied.

Be warned, there is very little external angst or action in David, Renewed. Rather, the meat of the tale was the slow emotional awakening of two men who have been walled off for a long time. The pace is reflective of the growth and the quiet intensity will take you by surprise.

I really enjoyed this story. I was in need of something different that what has been crossing my kindle and this one hit the mark. I loved seeing Jackson and David slowly come together and get to know one another. I enjoyed seeing them in their daily struggles rather than dealing with huge external forces because everyday struggles are REAL. They are what I face each day and I connected to this story from that standpoint. David and Jackson were human, with flaws and wants and desires. This story left me feeling warm and fuzzy and was all that makes up my comfort read pile.

P.S. Though not labelled as such, this novel was set up to be the start of a series and I am more than eager for Michael and Gil’s story.

P.P.S. The mothers stole the show. Everyone deserves mothers like these two women.

 

Narration Review:

Michael Pauley is that narrator I either love or hate. For me, his voice is only suitable for certain types of stories and fortunately for Ms Copland, he was perfect for this one. His tone and mannerisms reflected the slow, steady, and often somber tone of this story. He easily brought out the emotion and his voices were just varied enough to take this one a step above a “reading” and into a narration. I enjoyed his version of David, Renewed.

Links

David, Renewed on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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