Author: Diana Copland
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 2 minutes
At a Glance: Michael Pauley did a good job with creating voices for David and Jackson, and, for the most part, I liked his narration. Overall, highly recommended.
Reviewed By: Queue
Blurb: 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.
Review: Angel reviewed the eBook of David, Renewed here, and while I did enjoy the audiobook, I didn’t love it quite as much as she did. That’s not because of Copland’s writing, however. She’s an extremely talented writer, and the main characters here, David and Jackson, are amazing characters.
Angel said: “Diana Copland has a way with words and stories that just make the reader feel as if they are in the world created on the page. Her attention to details, emotions and gentle writing style captivated me from the beginning, and I don’t think I have ever read anything by her I didn’t enjoy. Her writing is realistic and raw with emotion without being cloying or repetitious.”
I don’t disagree with any of this. My issue is with the realism of the story. I know it may seem odd to complain about realism, but here it felt like the realism of the story led to some boring moments where I just wanted something to happen. On the other hand, the realism of the emotions Copland wrote were simply amazing. Perfectly realistic. Truly stellar writing here.
Michael Pauley did a good job with creating voices for David and Jackson, and, for the most part, I liked his narration. A few of the female voices, including Jackson’s mother, didn’t work as well.
Overall, highly recommended.
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