A Family Matter by Garry M. Tuckwell

91GKOSTmQxL._SL1500_Title: A Family Matter

Series: Breaking Out, #2

Author: Garry M. Tuckwell

Genre: Contemporary/Adoption

Length: Novel (264 Pages)

Publisher: Gerry M. Tuckwell (December 22, 2013)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Before falling madly in love with the boy of his dreams at sixteen, Justin Reed’s childhood had been complicated. Meeting Niall Casey had turned Justin’s life around, and with Niall by his side, Justin felt sure he could cope with whatever the world threw at him.

Ten years on, as Justin and Niall begin to think of marriage and starting their own family, cracks begin to appear in their perfect world. Justin’s father has remarried and this latest addition to the Reed family has some very strange ideas. To make matters worse, Niall’s mother begins to edge her way back into his life. Niall tries hard to believe she has changed but can’t quite leave behind the painful memories of religious intolerance and rejection.

Justin and Niall’s lives are taken over by events they can’t control. Just as it seems that their plans for a family lie in tatters, they are forced to revisit the past and lay some ghosts to rest once and for all.


Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Matter-Breaking-Out-Book-ebook/dp/B00HGUQLKU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: For those who loved Justin and Niall from Breaking Out, it’s going to be a lovely and long journey through marriage and adoption for these two men.

The plot is long and somewhat predictable, following many of the ups and downs of long-term relationships, the stress and excitement of marriage, or civil union, and the life altering decision to adopt children. All the while Justin and Niall are battling family issues with their parents, specifically Niall’s mother, and Justin’s mother in law.

The drama is slow, but there’s lots of love and community support for our guys. I did find myself wanting to skip ahead a bit, but over all a loving story, and maybe a somewhat over imagined familial bliss.

Writing children into a story plot, spending time with them, and making a realistic effort at portraying a child-rearing environment is tricky. Often times writers over idealize it. Life with kids is wonderful, but it’s also painful, frightening, aggravating, stressful, and tiring. I’m expecting a third book, because Niall and Justin have a TON to learn if they think parenting is going to be anything like the blissful, warm, fuzzy wonderful time they spent taking care of their nephew Tom for a week.

Not to rain on this parade. Life is difficult, and characters like Justin and Niall face hurdles so many of us can’t even imagine, so I can’t blame the author for writing a lovely, warm story about relationships and lifelong commitments. Not to say everything is roses, I’d be arrested for assault if I had a mother in law like Maisie, or a Mom like Niall’s.

A well-written story that satisfies our need to know how Niall and Justin are doing. I hope their journey ahead is full of blessings for them and their two new additions.

Breaking Out by Garry M. Tuckwell

18113194Title:  Breaking Out

Series:  None

Author:  Garry M. Tuckwell

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (274 Pages)      

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (2013)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:   Justin Reed is sixteen and has problems. His mum died during the summer holidays, his older brother, the only person he feels he can talk to, is away at university, and he lives with a father who simply can’t deal with anything emotional. Justin tries to navigate his way through his final year at secondary school but his friends and teachers no longer seem to know how to treat him, or what to say, so they keep their distance.

But then there’s Niall Casey; he’s funny and compassionate, and makes Justin feel things that confuse him; they make him feel wonderful but even more isolated at the same time. As if Justin’s life isn’t complicated enough, he now has to try to make sense of the thoughts and emotions that course through him every time he sees Niall.

This is a story about taking risks, facing the truth, and finding love when it seems that the whole world is against you.

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Out-ebook/dp/B00DFLJE76

Reviewer:   John

Review:  I have mix feelings about this one. Breaking Out stars Justin and Niall. Now, Justin lost his mom to cancer leaving him behind in the care of his dad, Peter, and older brother, Dan. At school, he meets Niall that comes from a very Catholic background. There is an instant connection between and they soon become one.

I liked the two main characters. The writing was really good and the story was solid. The one thing that totally blew me off was the giant gaps in the story. We only get to see what happens later on because the main characters remembered it or retold it. Another thing that I hated was the fact that we don’t really get to see what happened to Niall’s parents. Did they accept him? Did they completely walk out of their child’s life? I suspect that they did, but still, that to me was left unanswered.

I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a unique, sweet, and coming of age young novel with a very happily ever after.