Review: Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
Where did you get this book: E-Arc from Publisher
Release Date: Out Now
“The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness. Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents’ old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away—the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.
Life, it seems, has other plans.”
This read was, at times, uncomfortable for me to the point where I had to set it down and think about if I wanted to continue reading. It’s wonderfully written, very real and down to earth but there were characters, main ones included, that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how they acted and I didn’t like what they thought. They made me angry and they pissed me off, then they’d turn around and do something so incredibly kind or loving that I forgave them and continued on. You see what I mean? Far too real.
It deals with heavy issues and sometimes things don’t turn out well. In some things people are so rigid in their ideals that nothing you can say will sway them from their course. There’s ugliness here but there’s also beauty. There’s love and loyalty and family you’re born with and that you surround yourselves with. The book has me torn but it made me think about things that I didn’t want to so I can appreciate that. There’s also a prequel of sorts, The Shattered Door, that focuses on different characters in the same small town. I’m curious enough and drawn into the author’s work enough to read it some time down the line. I’m giving “Then the Stars Fall” B-