Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.
Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.
Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.
Aubrey never expected to be happy.
Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.
Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker was simply one of the most moving, heart felt romances I’ve read in a long time. The combination of island, lighthouse, small town atmosphere, and memorable characters make this story one to carry in your heart for some time to come.
There’s also this almost intangible overlay of something magical, call it fate…call it the stars but N.R. Walker has cast a spell over her narrative so that this contemporary romance has a mystical feeling when the men need it the most. Or perhaps when you least expect it, a touch of magic brushes over the story.
How these men need it and each other. Walker has created two wounded souls in Patrick and Ethan. Patrick lost his partner years ago to the sea and he has never recovered from the loss. Now he just goes about his life as the keeper of the local lighthouse at Hadley Cove, his romantic life nil. Ethan Hosking’s life has gotten so dark, so full of despair and pain that he can’t see his way out until a fire and desperation points a way. Using his grandfather’s telescope, it’s Aubrey Hobbs who walks out of the fire and eventually makes his way all the way to Hadley Cove and into Patrick’s life.
Walker’s ability to make us see the frailty of Ethan/Aubrey as he tries to ease his way into being a part of life at Hadley Cove is amazing. You are there as Patrick slowly befriends the skittish new person in town, finds him a job, and in the slow burn way, builds a trust that will allow the men to form a relationship and love. And in turn, Ethan who now is truly becoming Aubrey teaches Patrick how to start to let go, grieve, and truly celebrate what he had with his first love.
Plus there’s all the secondary yet so important cast that is needed to shore up Aubrey’s recovery from his years of abuse into the person he’s becoming in Hadley Cove. And the food that Patrick cooks and serves up that’s simple but mouthwatering. The descriptions of the warmth of the hearth in the lighthouse and the cat that mourned and now accepts Aubrey. It’s exemplary and all just means this book is beautifully written. Everything about this story will break your heart and put it back together again.
I just love it. And it’s on my to be reread pile soon. Yes, I highly recommend it. I will leave you sighing and so happy for days after the book is done.
Cover art is perfect for the story. I wish I could have found the artist. Love it.
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 313 pages
Published June 23rd 2018 by BlueHeart Press
Original TitleGalaxies and Oceans