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A Heart for Robbie by Jp Barnaby (2014-07-11)

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  • By Deirdre on March 16, 2015

    I bought this book for a reason, to read it. Then why I wait? I absolutely loved it. As I normally do since I rarely read a book right after buying it, I forgot the plot summary that led me to purchasing it in the first place. It is always so surprising when I read these wonderful stories that I will definitely be rereading. I didn't know what was going to happen and just kept reading completely under this author's spell.I enjoy reading stories where I learn something. In this book I learned a lot of information about transplants. So much goes into the preparation and selection of transplant recipients. Things I never imagined but that the author thoroughly discusses in this book. Luckily for the reader she doesn't do it in a clinical manner. She weaves all the intricacies into the body of the story. Yet the reader is offered a step-by-step approach to what a family or individual experiences.This is a story about a father's devotion to his son. He was willing to do everything possible to ensure that his son's young precarious life is as special as he can make it. This is not easy with all of the baby's health issues. Despite all his love and caring his little boy's life is not assured without a heart transplant. The hardest thing for this father is watching his baby boy suffer.This is also a story about two lonely men who encounter each other under some very unusual circumstances. Both are too preoccupied to even acknowledge the little spark. Life is too much for one of them but he has to keep looking forward. He has to be the strength that his son and family need. But what about him? Who is there to support him? To hold him at night? To share the day to day ups and downs? To be his rock at his lowest points and his cheerleader when necessary. Someone to laugh with and a strong shoulder to cry on. It is during one of these crisis that the one man reenters the other's life. Is it right? Is it proper? None of that matters. It's the caring humane action to take at the time.This story tugs at your heartstrings. You hurt more for your child than you do for yourself. All you want to do is take their pain away. You wish you could take it on for them. You wish you could end their suffering by taking all the bad things your child is going through. This is a story of love, pain, family, parenthood, triumph and tragedy. I read one other story by this author and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The time flew by as I read this one. I started to slow down because I didn't want it to end. If you enjoy family dramas involving young children then this story is a must read for you.

  • By Smitten with Reading on July 30, 2014

    My Review:Something that you need to know going into reading this book... Yes, there is a romantic story line, but Robbie with his need for a heart and his father, Julian, are really the soul of this story.Julian is a single, out and proud, gay man. He's also a best-selling YA author. His best friend, Erin, who is married with 4 kids of her own acted as a surrogate for him and Robbie was born. But when he was born, something was wrong with his heart. Without a transplant he won't live to see his first birthday.Simon is deeply in the closet. No one in his life knows that he's gay. He has an overbearing mother who tries at every turn to marry him off. He works as the insurance liaison at the hospital for a bigoted jerk who's never hidden the way he feels about homosexuals. He volunteers at a youth center that just sent a coach away from volunteering because it was revealed that he was gay. Simon is well aware that he would lose everything if he came out and find himself even more alone than he is now. But Julian sees Simon for what he is and Simon finds himself increasingly drawn to the troubled father...a huge no-no since his son is one of the patients at the hospital.But the focus of the story is Robbie and how terrified Julian is that he has this wonderful new son, only to lose him to heart failure. Watching a child die is every parents nightmare and the book follows Julian through the up's and down's and medical emergencies that would haunt most parents for the rest of their lives. It's after one of those adrenaline, terrifying incidences that Julian and Simon find each other.It's a bittersweet story about the fragility of the bonds that tie us into our relationships. Without Robbie's medical problems, Julian and Simon would never have met and probably spent the rest of their lives unhappy and alone and unfulfilled. And both these men love Robbie desperately.There was one part of the story that I absolutely LOVED. Julian is an author and his characters are so real, they are entities that travel with him through life, offering him advice and support. I love the way that he communicates continuously with them throughout the story. Those characters love and mourn with him over Robbie's status too. There were also little nuggets of GLBT fiction culture thrown in throughout the story with these imaginary characters. I'm sure I didn't catch all of them, but the ones I did made me smile.This is a tough book because of the story, but it's beautiful. I never found it to be too much emotionally and I did enjoy getting to know Julian and Simon and Robbie and Clay and Liam. (I think I got the imaginary character names right, but I didn't check those...)

  • By Jules on July 12, 2014

    Wow this is a fantastic love story, but I think it was more about the love of Robbie, sweet innocent Robbie. The love between Julian and Simon was secondary and in my opinion that was where it belonged. The heart breaking news any parent would dread was delivered not long after the birth of Robbie. This story was all about the fight Julian and eventually Simon had for Robbie. My heart was in my mouth, I lived through their agony every step of the way. A wonderful story which touched me, J.P. Barnaby you are so talented, and will be an automatic buy for me in the future.


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