Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun, and loneliness. Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll. Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it. When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.
(Book reviewed here previously: http://kimichanexperience.com/red-dirt-heart-2-by-n-r-walker/ )
This is a series that must be read in order, so I’m assuming you’ve at least read book one if not the entire series by now.
Travis and Charlie have been living and working together for 6 months now and things are mostly on an even keel. The two stubborn boys clash now and again, but mostly, they love one another.
They have some minor/major-ish squabbles over Travis wanting to raise a baby Kangaroo and Charlie worrying incessantly that Travis isn’t happy out in the boonies. But then … real trouble hits when immigration pulls Travis’ visa and Travis faces exportation.
Wow oh wow this was a great book! I had wondered what trouble the boys would get into since the last book ended fairly happily settled and boy do they have trouble.
Charlie really fretted this book. Like constantly. He just can’t get his brain wrapped around Travis being happy out there. The two fight and fight about it and almost split up as a result. But then Charlie digs deep and does some really, really amazing growing and – pull out the tissues – the end result is so sweet, it makes your teeth ache. (The scene at the Cattleman’s meeting and Immigration are the places where the Kleenex will come most in handy!)
I love Charlie and Travis as a couple and was so pleased to see them dealing with real life issues but still retaining the fairy tale romance.
I highly recommend this book and the series!
I’d forgotten how heartbreaking and wonderful this part of Charlie and Travis’ s story is, what makes it even more emotional is the amazing job Joel Leslie does with Charlie’s part -not that Travis doesn’t have his moments, but the end – when Charlie finally busts free and shares his feelings – MAN – talk about a Kleenex moment! You can hear the tears in Joel’s voice and it brings the sobs out even harder!
I absolutely love this series and I think Joel is absolutely AMAZING in his narration.
6 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review