Trials in Abingdon, Book 1
By JM Wolf
Narrated by Darcy Stark
Life is a trial full of obstacles that stand between you and your goals. Do you have the courage to face your own trial?
Jace Garrison was a musical prodigy at Juilliard ready to take the world by storm. Everything he could ever want out of life was unfolding right before his eyes, until everything came crashing down at once. With his muse gone, along with everything he loved, will Jace find the courage to move on?
Former Navy SEAL Gerard Ramhart had always played by his family’s rules and traditions. Until he fell in love with Riley Garrison. Unfortunately, before Gerard had the courage to propose to the man he loved, Riley’s life was taken away. Gerard was left devastated, with only his memories of Riley and the pain of losing him to keep him going.
One year after Riley’s death, Gerard finally makes it to Riley’s hometown in Abingdon, Virginia, and meets his son, Jace, for the very first time. Two men grieving over the loss they shared, and during their time of heartache, something blossoms. Can Gerard help Jace find the will to live the life he’s meant to have? And can Jace find his muse and accept his feelings for Gerard, despite the fact that Gerard once belonged to his father?
Trigger warning: This book contains content of physical and mental abuse, grieving, and bottled emotions. This is book 1 in the series but can be listened to as a stand-alone story – no cliff-hangers.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5
An emotional start and wonderful healing!!
A heartbreaking story of a second chance at love in the most unlikely place!
The was my first story by JM Wolf and he has a very compelling and emotionally infused writing style. The musical elements of this story were very well done and a testament to JM’s musical passion. The songs featured in this are very raw, real, and powerful. I could feel the emotions bleed off the page and hit home in many instances. I’d say heed the content warnings but if you can, push through as this story is emotionally healing, dynamic and powerful.
Jace and Gerard are both grieving the same person but in different ways. Their unique grief brought them together and while the dynamic is unusual, JM made it seem almost natural. The first part of the book and the descriptions and process of Jace’s grief were very real and raw. I found it emotionally hard to listen at times but am so glad I pushed through because the unique love these to character’s share is so special and powerful. I love the healing process each character goes through and it is very real, no cutting corners or glossing over the truth of grief. I praise JM’s realness and emotions in this story.
I also loved Adam and can’t wait to read his story and learn more about him. A powerful and emotional listening with growth, healing, and a second chance at love!
I love the new audiobook cover too!!
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