Title: David, Renewed
Author: Diana Copland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 244 Pages
At a Glance: If you are looking for a slow-build, realistic, and heartwarming romance then this book, and author Diana Copland, are perfect for you!
Reviewed By: Angel
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: I have read and loved Diana Copland’s stories before, and David, Renewed is no exception. I sped through it the first time, then read it again, forcing myself to take it slower and enjoy the story and storyteller.
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. David, Renewed, and her other books for that matter, aren’t saccharine, though everything is sweetly romantic, and this story itself has real world consequences for her characters.
I love the realism, I suppose, is the word for both Diana Copland and her writing. This new story doesn’t disappoint in any way and delivers what it promised in spades. I loved David and his broken down house and the reasons why he was renovating. Jackson was cute and I loved his attitude and perseverance. This story was fraught with real-time angst and the characters were involved in the tragedies of their stories, but they’re weren’t caricatures of the angst. It made blips in their lives, but it didn’t destroy them, and I think the entire story was stronger for that. The MCs settled their problems with real solutions that weren’t hand waved away.
The potential for more of this -verse is strong, and I would adore it if the author returned to it. Thank you, sincerely, for another wonderful tale, madame author.
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