My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I read a book written by Rick R. Reed, I never feel like I’m reading a story, he always transports me into a snippet of the lives of two – on the surface – ordinary men who together manage to find the right glue to hold them together.
In this one he gives us two vastly different men, different ages, different life experiences, different expectations and then he slowly, oh so slowly, brings them together into a glorious, but so very realistic, future.
There’s no real central plot to Blue Umbrella Sky, it’s more about accepting change, accepting you eventually will move on after loss, though the hurt will always remain, it’s about accepting your flaws and your frailties and learning how to live your best life with them.
It also has possibly one of the best representations of an alcoholic living in sobriety and the steps needed to remain in that state without it being overly dramatic, overly angsty or depressing.
I loved the characters of both Billy and Milt and even though this is low steam, all fade to black or off page, it didn’t annoy me as much as that often does because this story wasn’t about the passion of a sexual relationship, it was about finding a new place to call home.
#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review
Out March 19th, get your pre-order at Dreamspinner Press here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/blue-umbrella-sky-by-rick-r-reed-10315-b