Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life—he’s gay.
But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship—but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric.
As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they’re called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.
One of my absolute favorite things about reading is when a connection occurs. When something resonates from the story and touches you. A very special young man touched my heart while reading Big Love and I will always be grateful to Rick for bringing Truman into my life. Technically speaking, there are three main characters here. But it’s not a the type of threesome that you might be thinking. They each have their own story or path and when their paths intersect BIG things happen.
I’m a pretty devoted RRR fan. He’s an author that I can trust and rely on. I know what I’m going to get and consequently, I’m a repeat customer. The backbone of the plot was familiar but the meat of the story was fresh.
Dane was happily cruising through life when tragedy struck. He lost his wife, became a single father and acknowledged his biggest secret…he is gay. He married his high school sweetheart, had two wonderful children and never told a single soul he was gay. Accepting and honoring this truth about himself was not easy, but when he found himself thrown into the spotlight he held his head high. He was happy before but happy and free are very different things.
Next we have Seth and I really liked Seth. He is mending a broken heart when he takes a new teaching position in a small town in Ohio. He’s from Chicago and loved the city life and the comforts it provides but he’s not complaining about slowing down in the quiet country. He’s confident, funny and definitely out and proud. He has no intentions of giving up his recently acquired singles card but sometimes life doesn’t follow our intended path. Sometimes you just have to grab your chance at happy with both hands and hang on tight.
Then we have Truman. As I’ve said, Truman is my favorite. He is a fourteen year old boy struggling to play the cards of life he’s been dealt. The deck was certainly not stacked in his favor. He’s been bullied and beaten down nearly all of his life by his peers. And yet, he always dusts himself off and trudges onward. Try as they might, his never-ending tormenting crew can’t keep him down. Until, he finally reaches the end of his rope and considers…not getting up again. Luckily for him, two teachers convince him it’s never worth the ultimate fall.
An engaging emotional story that brings just enough of everything. Just enough heartache. Just enough turmoil. Just enough romance. Of course, streamline writing and tidy editing is always greatly appreciated.
Truman. Alright, there happens to be a lot more to love than one character but he shines so brightly, I can’t help but love him the most. Truman is poor, quirky, awkward and the epitome of a ‘sissy’. He is also proud, smart, brave and completely lovable. Ohh, and he’s friendless. His fan club consists of his dog and his mom (and now ME!). He realizes that he must take control of the downward spiral that has become his life. He is not ashamed of the pieces that comprise the one and only Truman but many people try and convince him he should be. Except his mother. We would all be so lucky to have a mother like Patsy. Truman embraces the power of loving himself and owning everything about himself, even his weaker traits. They can’t throw it in his face if he throws it in their first. I absolutely loved Truman, possibly more than any other RRR character I have loved before. This is quite the achievement.
Death of a spouse, extreme bullying, and the fatal possibilities the bully train can lead to are all possible triggers. The ‘fall’ may happen quickly but it takes a bit before they catch one another. Heart-stealing from a boy who celebrates being true-to-you is also a very strong probability.
Any Rick R. Reed fans and a great place to start for any newcomers.
Real love, honest love, BIG love will warm your heart.