Book Reviews

Most Beautiful Words by Raine O'Tierney at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Romance / Bittersweet / Drama
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-October-2014

Book Blurb

Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago. 

Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.


Book Review

This is such a beautiful book. It is bittersweet, unusual in terms of narrator and how reality and fantasy subtly interweave, and a very romantic male/male love story on top of it all. Written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl, it encompasses her great-grandfather’s life, and their family history, shared in the form of the stories he tells her. And Autumn is all about the stories.

Autumn loves her Great-Pop Tommy with all her heart, but, like all children, she is initially very selfish in her love. When he has a stroke and ends up in a coma, everyone seems to agree this is it, that it is time for him to go. But Autumn doesn’t agree. She loves him, and she wants to hear more stories about him and Roy, the man he loved over fifty years ago. She is convinced that if the adults would only let her see him, she is sure she can make him wake up, make him return to the living. Only when she finally does get to visit him in the hospital, it seems that reality doesn’t work the way she so desperately wants it to work.

At this point the story shifts location into a mysterious Valley and Autumn discovers she has a real fight on her hands. And as determined as she is to keep Great-Pop Tommy with her in the land of the living, there is someone else in the Valley who will fight equally hard to stop Great-Pop Tommy from ever leaving the Valley. Ultimately, Autumn has to search her heart for what is more important, and in the process, she grows up a little and learns what true love is really all about.

If you like bittersweet stories that contain a large dose of reality, yet manage to end well, if you don’t mind reality and fantasy intermingling for the purpose of a great story that just needs too be told, and if you’re looking for an imaginative, very sweet, and touching story about family and love, then you will probably like this novel. I was pulled in from the beginning, and think it is absolutely brilliant.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61773 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-October-2014
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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