Title: Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year, #3)
Author: Kaje Harper
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Page Count: 80 pages
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.
Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?
Part of the Rebuilding Year series – not a standalone. If you haven’t read the first two, I HIGHLY recommend them! When I need a solid, feel-good, comforting read, I turn to The Rebuilding Year (#1) and Life, Some Assembly Required. Yeah…I’ve read these a few times.
Premise of the book could be: if I can go wrong, it will, but much like life, things have a way of working out.
Ryan has moved to Minneapolis to start his medical residency. It’s not easy being 200 miles apart: John stayed in York while daughter Torey finished high school and his son is off to first year of college. Ryan is exhausted from rotations, long hours standing, and learning the nuances of coping with patients.
Then, after years of waiting, after several false starts, court battles and counter lawsuits, it’s finally legal for same-sex marriages in Wisconsin. John and Ryan made the decision to wait for this day rather than marry in Canada or Minnesota.
But they find there are a few obstacles to getting married beyond the straight-up legalities: distance, a venue, bigotry, a dog, severe weather, alternators, cruddy hotels, late flights and hospital work schedules.
If you’ve been reading these books, you can probably guess how it all turns out.
My one small complaint with the book was the emphasis on the distance apart Ryan and John were – four hours. I know of a co-worker whose wife accepted a job at a university in Bozeman, MT. That was a 17 hour drive – and he did it at least 2x a month. Later she moved to WI for a mere 6 hour drive.
I really questioned the feasibility and cost of flying for a four hour drive.
Granted, I GET that Ryan would be exhausted from rotations, I understand meeting halfway to get together for a weekend. And most places now offer shuttle services to/from the Minneapolis airport.
‘Kay, a minor grumble, I know. But it’s my grumble.
Loved this installment just as much as the rest. I love the characters, I enjoy the realism, I enjoy Ryan and John working through things like real people do. A solid installment to the series.