Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
Tears… lots, and lots of tears. Before you back away from this book, not all of them are sad, heartbreaking tears. Some of them are happy tears… but yeah, there are tears, so grab your tissues before you start because it doesn’t take long…
There was so much to love about Patchwork Paradise I don’t know where to start. At first I was scared. If you read the description, you know what happens. Oliver looses the love of his life. That’s not just his opinion. Everyone who knew them, knew what they meant to each other. Their relationship was perfect and then it was over. I was afraid that the relationship between Thomas and Oliver would happen too fast and come too soon, but that didn’t happen. The pacing and time frame of this story was perfect for what the characters were going through.
Oliver’s friends were there for him while he tried to make sense of who he was without Samuel. Slowly, with not so gentle nudges from his friends, he started taking baby steps into starting to move on. In the background, but with very strong support was Thomas. He kept his feelings close and when they were revealed, my heart broke for him almost as much as it broke for Oliver.
Both Thomas and Oliver seemed to be working things out between the two of them when Thomas learned about Milo. That simple addition added a whole new layer to this story that I loved. It’s amazing how one little boy can through everything into chaos, yet bring a family together in ways that no one expected. I ended up falling in love with ALL these characters in so many different ways.
So yeah, Indra Vaughn is almost forgiven for the tears because Patchwork Paradies turned into a beautiful story. This was the first book by this author that I’ve read, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last.