I was blown away with this love story. It was filled with heartache, sadness, redemption and love. ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures
After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dream come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.
Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own, and soon Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner’s property that hasn’t been touched in seventy years.
Turns out, the barn holds more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring over the pages, reading about a young man pining after his best friend. The deeper they delve into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner’s own relationship shifts—from acquaintances to friends…to undeniable attraction.
But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love in the wake of Tanner’s loss and Cole’s past, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who’ve captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.
Don’t shy away from this book because of the MM genre. The authors do a brilliant job with the love story between Tanner and Cole, Tom and Charlie and Paige, and Tanner and his late wife Emma. With a little devine intervention, these couples and the love they have come around full circle.
Tanner is still mourning the loss of his wife. Emma was the love of his life and now he’s faced with surviving on his own. He promises her that he will remain active and rebuild the house of her dreams. He’s trying but it isn’t until Tanner meets Cole that his world turns upside down.
Cole has had a challenging life thus far. He’s made mistakes and paid his indiscretions. His grandfather raised him but now he’s on his own. He’s been homeless for months but one look at Tanner and he realizes he’ll do anything for this man.
Tanner and Cole have an easy friendship that as the book progresses so does their love for each other. I appreciated that they authors never lost sight of the love Tanner had for Emma. She was a bridge that helped bring these two together. The others that helped bring Tanner and Cole together was Tom and Charlie. Their story was heartbreaking. The revelations of young love by these two young men were perfect.
Theres a sixth sense that both Tanner and Cole have as well as a supernatural element that helped move this story along and connecting the past to the present.