Sunday, April 10, 2016

Review: ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Allbright

download (4)Title ~ ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Author ~ Addison Allbright

Publisher ~ JMSBooks

Published ~ 3rd April 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers -- which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations -- they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage ... ’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes and he’s presumed dead. But four people -- Henry, two other men, and a child -- survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive, as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

Freya’s Review

Sam and Nash are planning their wedding. It was a happy time considering, years before, Sam had lost his husband in a plane crash. Then, two military men turn up on his doorstep and tell him that his husband Henry is alive and stranded on a remote island. Sam is understandably dumbfounded. It took him a long time to move on from losing Henry. What was he to do?

From that point on, the story switches to alternate viewpoints. It starts when Sam and Henry are married and follows the timeline from the crash and their ultimate reunion. Each chapter begins with a memory of their life pre-crash, which has a bearing on what one of them does in the chapter.

Till Death Do Us Part is a touch of, Lost, meets Swiss Family Robinson. And the opening sequence did one hell of a number on my emotions, which immediately got me vested in the characters.

Four people survived the crash, three men and a baby of around ten months old.

From Henry’s viewpoint, the story follows how the men survived on an island, crafting tools and living day to day. Nothing was left out, including, tropical storms, mood swings, and details of the potty beach. Henry, Devon, and Garrett hypothesize over crash sites and search zones while little Buddy is doing what toddlers do. Eventually, they speculate on what’s happened to their families, and what will happen, if as and when they are found. What reactions will be like?

Meanwhile, as the timeline continues from the crash, Sam goes through surviving while all around return to the routines of their lives. The way Sam goes to grief therapy and eventually accepted the death of Henry was heartbreaking, and I wanted to shout at the page, “He’s not dead.” After three and a half years, Sam finds Nash and their relationship blossoms.

Till Death Do Us Part mainly focuses on the emotional and physical side of surviving a crash rather than the physically intimate. And I have to say that the emotional trauma is extremely well done. On more than one occasion, I had a lump in my throat. The author has also thought much about tools, hazards and general survival on a tropical island.

I found this book a pleasure to read and an education. It made me realize how little I know about survival and encouraged me to think about the things I take for granted. Bravo.

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