Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Growing His Dream, (Sequel to Planting His Dream)
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.
Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately, Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.
It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Growing His Dream, in fact there aren’t any Andrew Grey books I haven’t enjoyed reading!!
Growing His Dream is the perfect sequel to Planting His Dream. Foster and Javi have been together for two years and their farm is going from strength to strength. Abe Armitage has been working for Foster for the last two years working all aspects of their farm then going home to help his brother on the family farm. Abe saw Lachlan at church when he was stood up in front of the congregation to see if anyone would be willing to take him in, no-one offered him a place to stay.
Lachlan had been staying with the reverend Felder and his son Eddie since his mother died. When Lachlan stumbled on Eddie abusing a young woman from his father’s church, he had to leave. Lachlan arrived at Foster and Javi’s farm and couldn’t walk any further with his bleeding feet from his too small shoes. Everyone on the farm takes an immediate liking to Lachlan and give him a place to stay. Lachlan can’t believe strangers would take him in out of the goodness of their heart and remains very tense. Abe and Lachlan hit it off from the moment they lay eyes on each other.
Abe and Lachlan discover they have a lot in common, their mothers are both dead, they both love working on the farm with Javi and Foster and they both adore Foster’s mother Harriet and Grandma Katie. As Lachlan settles into life on the farm his new family encourages him to return to finish high school then go onto college to become an engineer. Lachlan has always wanted to be an engineer but he was never certain which direction he wanted to take. After spending months learning the workings of Foster and Javi’s farm along with the new creamery Foster wants to build so they can expand their product base, Lachlan realises exactly what direction his engineer degree was going to take farm development!
You should get your copy of Growing His Dream, if you haven’t read Planting His Dream yet you will need to read it first to get the full effect of the sequel. This is a heart wrenching, at times very dark look at life in a small farming community when one family stands up to help someone in need. Sometimes all it takes is that one person, family or group to start an epidemic of goodwill and kindness, it also shows how fast a town can band together against something as negative as a chronic bully/abuser!!