Title: One Good Deed
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator:: Michael Ferraiuolo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 Hours and 12 Minutes
At a Glance: This is an amazing story by Andrew Grey. The emotions range from anger to joy, and will make you want to hug some characters while shaking others.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English.
Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off.
When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.
Review: Luka Krachec is coming from Serbia to live in America. His cousin Josif is his sponsor, and Luka will live with him and his wife Bella. He has arrived at the airport and is met by Steven, a friend from Josif’s church. When Luka asks about Josif, he has a tragedy to face—his cousin has been killed in a car accident, and Bella is in the hospital. Luka feels so much grief over Josif’s loss, and he tries to stay strong, but he begins to think he should just turn around and go back to Serbia.
Steven and Luka go to the church and meet Josif’s relatives and friends. Most speak Serbian, but Luka is still feeling out of place. He meets Peter Montgomery, a friend of Bella and Josif’s, and learns that Peter is a social worker and also helps people to learn the English language. Since Luka already has a job lined up at the university, he really needs to improve his English, and Peter offers his help. Peter and Luka spend a lot of time talking to each other at the funeral, so when Luka notices how sad Peter is, he suspects it’s more than Josif’s death that’s causing it. Luka and Peter’s friendship eventually blossoms into a loving relationship, but Luka still sees Peter struggling with his feelings. As Luka finally gets Peter to seek help, the guilt and tragedy take Peter on an emotional roller coaster ride. But, Luka has his own fears to face too. He worked for the Serbian government in scientific research, and someone from Serbia has come looking for him.
We see two different sides to the story in One Good Deed, a tragedy that tears a family apart, and one that brings a family together. Bella brings her sadness, strength, and beauty to the storyline, and Luka and Peter are there to give her loving support. She also has a surprise of her own.
This is an amazing story by Andrew Grey. The emotions range from anger to joy, and will make you want to hug some characters while shaking others. You may also want to be sure to have some tissues handy.
Michael Ferraiuolo does such a fantastic job with the narrating of this book. His accents are good, and there is a distinction of each characters’ voice, with a clear and precise interpretation of emotions.
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