Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey
If Peter Christopoulos has learned one thing from his last three years in a wheelchair, it’s that people have a hard time seeing past the hardware. When he asks out Russ Baker after giving him a quote on equipment for a new Greek restaurant, he’s disappointed but not surprised to be turned down.
Russ has been covering for his abusive boyfriend for so long it’s almost automatic, but with a little help from his friends, he finds the courage to break it off. To his surprise, Peter is still interested, and soon they’re falling hard and fast. But then their world is thrown into turmoil: Peter finds an old letter indicating he has a half sister he's never met, and Russ's past interferes when his ex makes it clear he'll do anything to get him back.
This book was just simply beautifully written. It was such an emotional book on so many levels. First there was Peter, who is in a wheelchair after an accident that happened three years ago. The feelings he has of feeling invisible or of people thinking of him as unsuitable because of the chair were spot on. As a wheelchair user myself I felt some of my own insecurities in how other people saw him. That Mr. Grey wrote a character that doesn't start miraculously walking as soon as someone noticed him was such an added bonus and a little ray of hope that maybe there are people that don't care about such things as a wheelchair.
Russ was such a strong character to be able to walk away from such an abusive relationship and still be able to see love when it was offered by Peter. You could actually see him becoming stronger as the story progressed. That he had such a supportive group of friends was also nice to see.
Then there was Peter dealing with his feeling for his sister that was such a tear-jerker in a good way. Be sure to have a couple hankies handy while reading this story cause you'll really need them. I encourage everyone to read this book and the two proceeding it, you won't be disappointed. And hopefully come away with a new respect for this wonderful author.