“The Parable of the Mustard Seed” by Lisa Henry

about

The past never stays buried forever.

John Faimu is an Australian-Samoan police officer who deals with hurt kids every day. He loves what he does, but he’s tired of the grind of shift work, and of trying to find a balance between his job, his family, and the young man who straddles the increasingly blurry line between both.

Caleb Fletcher was the teenager John saved from a cult eight long years ago, and he’s now the young man John wants in ways that neither of them should risk.

Eight years after his rescue, Caleb is still struggling with PTSD and self-harm. John has always been his rock, but now Caleb wants more. Can he convince John to cross a line and love him the way they both crave? And when the monsters from Caleb’s past come back seeking to silence him for good, will John’s love be enough to save him?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is an mm gay romance featuring hurt/comfort, first times, found family, and angst with a happy ending.

review

Stop.
Listen.
Do you hear that? No? Me neither. But I can tell you what’s happening in this silence. A new book scar is healing on my heart. *deep breath* Yeah, this is one of those books. I was nervous, caught, captivated and then suddenly throwing myself over the book cliff, giving myself up to the story. Whatever it needed from me, wherever it took me, I was at…book mercy. I stopped time and devoured it. Everything else could wait. And right now, that is a precious gift.

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Where do I start? So many threads are spun together and I was awestruck with each and every one. First and foremost, if you’re familiar with my ramblings, you may know that my family bleeds blue blood. Consequently, I am critical and unforgiving with the portrayal of fictional LEO’s. Oh! Law Enforcement Officers in case you’re not acquainted with the term. And bless Henry, she did a phenomenal job with not only the grander parts of the investigation but even the trivial parts of the police work passed my scrupulous eye. John has been working for Logan’s CPIU (Child Protective and Investigation Unit) which led him to Caleb. The day he found Caleb changed his life forever. It’s been close to a decade and their relationship has progressed and unheard ironclad vows have been exchanged. John demonstrates how some cases not only get under your skin but into your heart. We witness how erratic and exhausting officer’s schedules are. We see how the job comes first and how precious sleep is and how often meals go cold. And ultimately how high adrenaline positions have an expiration date. One of the things I enjoy most is a genuine story and despite how unfathomable some of these pieces are, the reality here rang true. I also adored the Samoan heartbeat that pulses through the pages. This was new to me and I gobbled it up! There is so much more I would love to tell you but…this could turn into an epically long review if I’m not careful. Moving on…

 

love

The love. I know, I know that sounds trite. But seriously, the abundance of love within these pages blew me away. John and Caleb share a special love, nothing and no one can ever compare or compete between these two. Then there’s the unconditional love of a father. I loved Darren. Hardcore loved him. I also loved John’s family. From his amazing Ma to his siblings to his family in the department, I loved each and every one. But wait! Don’t think it’s all sunshine and roses because there are evil monsters here too. And as much as I loved the heroes, I despised the villains with a force that took me by surprise. There are some atrocious acts that can never be forgiven or forgotten. Caleb IS a survivor but his scars are deep and far from healed. I read a complex and powerful story last year about a man with dissociative identity disorder and this felt…similar. It’s never stated here but it’s almost as if Caleb slips into classic characteristics of the disorder. He’s impulsive and has self-destructive behavior. He has mood swings and triggers. He has a traumatic past that anyone would prefer to block out. This is simply my take on him and you may see him differently. But I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that Caleb gets his man and his happily ever after! There may never be a more deserving soul. I loved how cautious yet solid their intimacy is. I loved sushi dates and doggy kisses. I loved all the ‘down under’ elements. I loved the dedication and resilience. I just…loved it.

 

beware

Sometimes faith and religion fail people, you can’t change that. Sometimes family betrays you, you can’t erase that. But sometimes…fate directs you, takes you to the arms meant to hold you and love you forevermore.

 

bookisforOnly those looking for an unforgettable story about a boy and his rescuer and how one day, he rescued him right back.

 

bookinfo

TITLE: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
AUTHOR: Lisa Henry 
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2020
BUY LINKS: Amazon

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