Book Blurb :
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn’t sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick’s silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
Ken knows something isn’t right; his daughter Hanna’s fever has spiked, and while she’s been sick with the flu, her recovery is slow. One evening when he takes her temperature and sees 103 degrees he panics, rushing her to the hospital. The hospital staff is kind, and efficient, quickly stepping up and rushing to get tests done. While the wait is agonizing, the results prove to be earth shattering: Pediatric Leukemia.
After many months of therapy, Ken is finally bringing his little girl home! Hanna had so won over all the staff and doctors at the hospital, one orderly even made Hanna a special pink knit hat that she wore everyday. Arriving home, the breezy fall winds pick up and whisk Hanna’s hat off into the road where it lands in a puddle of mud. A neighbor Ken has noticed a few times carries it back, this neighbor is very attentive and also very silent which puzzles Ken but his attention quickly returns to bringing Hanna her beloved pink hat back.
Three years ago while Ken was petitioning to adopt Hanna he met Mark, who supported Ken and helped him through the process and soon enough the three of them became a family. However, after the move and Hanna’s illness, they slowly began to drift apart until there was just nothing left of the relationship to mend and Mark left.
This relationship with Mark I found confusing and something about it just didn’t fit. I didn’t fully understand what Mark’s role is meant for.
The first morning waking up at home, Hanna finds a mysterious box at the front door, After squealing with delight she rummages through the box to discovery it’s packed full of Hats! Hanna, with her sweet innocence and bright understanding after going through the series of treatments captures your heart. She is a magical little girl! She is very intuitive and has an eye for picking up everything that happens around her.
Patrick has been watching Ken and Hanna since that moved in across the street, admiring the love Ken has for his daughter. After they return from the hospital, he brings them a dish of mac and cheese to welcome them home. He is also the one who brought over the box of hats, though he wishes to remain anonymous for his own personal reasons. He is a very lonely man, who has been through too much heartache. Two years ago after a tragic accident he lost his voice, which has caused him to become more reclusive and withdrawn. Yet seeing Ken and Hanna makes him want to reach out and grab hold of their brightness of life.
When Patrick shares how he lost his voice and what he did before you get a greater perspective of why he has closed himself off, having once been a brilliant singer who survived a random shooting in a restaurant where he took a bullet to his throat. It’s no wonder he struggles to open up to people now. He has a great heart and continues to leave little surprises for Hanna at her front door. And, of course, Hanna is able to capture Patrick’s heart and wrap him around her little finger!
My only real dislike is Ken’s ex-partner Mark; I’m not really sure what his reason for being in this story is, as his character doesn’t fit. It seems like his character would have worked better having been a friend instead of a lover. He claimed to still love Ken and Hanna, even once begging for a reconciliation with Ken, yet he vanishes once again from the story, and when Hanna’s cancer returns he’s a no show. You’d think he would have been there for Ken and Hanna, even for a show of support … yet nothing. Whenever Mark showed up, which was basically all of 4 times ( at least that how it felt ), it always lessened the story just a bit for me; his character just felt empty and not needed.
Ken’s worst fear comes to fruition when Hanna’s cancer returns and the new treatment is aggressive. Hanna is getting weaker. Patrick reaches out, his feelings for Ken having grown and he only wants to be there for both Ken and Hanna. He never believed that Ken would return his feelings! Together they give each other strength and do all they can to cherish any joy they can give to Hanna. One such joy is when Patrick goes to his cousin Julianne and asks for help in creating an early Halloween Party for Hanna.
Patrick is amazing! So damned selfless! Since the very beginning he has done so much for both Ken and Hanna yet never asking for anything in return. When Hanna returns home once again from the hospital after getting her last treatment, their whole district has been turned into Christmas town, in the middle of Summer! Patrick’s love for Ken is beautiful, its shines through with everything he does, it’s always the little things that count the most, too!
Throughout the whole story, Ken has been working on these portraits of both Patrick and Hanna, putting in all his emotions into his art: the fear of losing Hanna, the joy of her recovery, and her dark battle when she was at her worst. He doesn’t miss a single detail! In the portrait for Patrick, he paints the love he had for his singing, and his gentle kindness of always being present. I wish I could actually see these painting!
I have to give this 4 couples, I love the happily-ever-after this story brought forth! The family unity with Ken, Patrick and Hanna together was so precious! I loved Hanna especially! Her strength to keep going even when she was scared, the obvious joy she brought Ken and Patrick and everyone she touched, made her such an amazing little girl!
Pubisher : Dreamspinner Press
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