Review: The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood #2) by Diana Copland

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Review: The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood #2) by Diana Copland

The four years since Danny Redmond left Neverwood have been heartbreaking, and past mistakes continue to haunt him, even after he returns home.Together with two foster brothers he barely knows, they plan to turn the house into a welcoming place for runaways once again—the dying wish of their foster mother, Audrey. 

Danny has nothing to contribute to the restoration of the decrepit mansion, save for a gift for growing things. His efforts to bring Audrey’s beloved gardens back to their former glory are complicated by handsome landscaper Sam Ignatius…and the feelings developing between them, despite their fiery differences of opinion. But one voice gives him hope, the only one he’s always trusted—Audrey’s. 

Danny comes to care deeply for Sam, but things look bleak when Sam’s city councilman father threatens to have Neverwood torn down. Danny isn't surprised. Why would he expect the future to be different from his past? All his relationships end in disaster.

Title: The Growing Season
Author: Diana Copland
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Secrets of Neverwood
Series: Secrets of Neverwood
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Secrets of Neverwood, One Door Closes, The Growing Season
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: June 30, 2013
Genres: M/M Erotica
Pages: 145
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Audrey the matron of Neverwood called three of her boys home upon her death. Her home in Elk Ridge, Washington has served as a home for gay and questioning boys. She gave her boys a place where they could grow comfortably into good men. She provided them the sanctuary they needed to develop into who they were meant to be. Now she wishes for three of her sons to bring Neverwood back to its former glory and to continue her work.

Danny is the youngest of the three. He has quite the chip on his shoulder though. He has struggled to make people really see him. Those struggles have never been easy and no one other than Audrey has ever noticed his true potential. One bad decision has left him to where he is not even comfortable in his own skin.

Sam has returned home to Elk Ridge dealing with his own family when he goes to Neverwood for some possible work. It doesn’t take Sam long to work his way under Danny’s skin. It takes Sam an even shorter amount of time to realize that there is more to Danny than he ever imagined there could be. While dealing with his own problems Sam soon finds himself drawn into the familiar comfort that is simply Neverwood it’s a familiarity that is even more welcoming due to Danny.

This installment of the Secrets of Neverwood series worked a little better for me than the previous one. Growing Season had the love story that I was looking for. The only thing I sort of miss is Audrey. I would love to have read her as the loving nurturing mother while she was still alive. I do love that she is still a strong presence in her son’s lives though. She was exactly what these three men needed while growing up. I can’t wait to see how her plans for them come together in the next book.

Carina Press


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