Following Grandpa Jess

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Following Grandpa Jess300 dpiJess Madison has problems. His aging parents seem hell-bent on belittling him in new and increasingly infuriating ways, he’s fallen for his best—and, unfortunately, heterosexual—friend David, and his grandmother has recently taken to climbing out on her roof in hopes of contacting the spirit of her late husband, the much-beloved Grandpa Jess.

All Jess wants to do is live his life and feed his goldfish in peace, but instead he finds himself at the heart of a familial clash that seems ready to tear his family apart. With the help of his two younger brothers, uber-manly AJ and lovably weird Thomas, Jess sets out to reconcile his family, keep Grandma off the roof, and sort out the mess his life has become—with just a little help from Grandpa Jess.

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“I am going to keep this on my BEST list . . . books I read over and over again, especially when I want to laugh and feel good.” –Sassy,

“Not just a good gay love story, but also a wonderful tale about the bonds of family and the struggles that come with the aging and death of grandparents. Looking forward to more work by this very talented author.” –Dovahkiin,

“Funny, sad, sweet, a combination that works wonderfully. You just fall in love with the characters. On my list as one of the best releases this year. Highly recommended.” –Fanie,

“This is a wonderfully written story of family dynamics, with such rich characters. Cry or laugh with them, it is so easy to feel for Jess, his two brothers, their father and grandmother. The brotherly bond is precious, these boys’ love for their grandmother touching and true. Then there is their father who tries so hard to do the right thing for his family but failed somehow. Certain scenes just moved me to tears. And of course the romance between Jess and David which is tender, romantic and sweet. This story is all heart, filled with so much love and warmth. This writer has a lovely style, the writing seamless and honest. Looking forward to many more stories from her.” –Nikki,

“A big part of the appeal of this book is its down-to-earth approach to family life. The writing is excellent and engaging without being sappy or over-the top. There aren’t any gigantic, earth-shattering events, but there are several that are, nonetheless, important milestones for Jess’s family unity. Each character is a piece of the familial puzzle which, even at best, may not fit together perfectly, but those whose greater purpose is brought into better focus with a lot of love, honesty, and introspection, all of which is achieved by remembering to follow the example left by Grandpa Jess. I recommend this heartwarming, emotional story to everyone who wants a good, thoughtful read, one which also reminds us of the importance of family love.” –Lena Grey, Rainbow Book Reviews (5-star review)

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