Title: The Imperfection of Swans
Author: Brandon Witt
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th March 2017)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts
Blurb: Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At 38, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.
Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.
With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.
Review: Real. Powerful. Heartbreaking. Loving. Grab this book and plug in for a wonderful listen!
The narration is clean and real, no extreme character changes, the subtle tones parallel the intricate story line.
You become invested in Kevin and Casper’s individual stories. Kevin is a wounded but determined character, all about organization, planning and control. Unfortunately his control also causes him personal and physical problems too.
Casper is a more vibrant, risk taking creative baker. When the two come together it’s all business, and determination but over time this business relationship evolves into true friendship and then to physical attraction.
There are huge deep issues of eating disorders, anxieties, trust and it’s not light hearted. This story becomes gut wrenching but beautiful and I want everyone to read it, to understand, to empathize.
I found myself cheering and crying out in turn. Knowing that this story is based on real life people made it even more special for me, I felt that connection to real shared experiences.
If you’re looking for a deeply moving book grab it!