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Review: Fill the Empty Spaces – Karenna Colcroft

Fill the Empty Spaces - Karenna Colcroft

Genre: Contemporary

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Jay, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Austin and Del were the love of each other’s life for two decades–until a drunk driver took Austin away. In his grief, Del leaves his job and pushes away most of his friends. Austin would want him to go on living, but how can he when Austin is gone?

In an effort to help, Del’s friend Remy books them an afternoon at a local cat cafe. There, Del bonds with Charlie, a senior cat who wears sweaters to cover his lost fur, and Lochlan, a human who volunteers at the cafe. On impulse, Del signs up to volunteer there too. Over time, with the friendship of Lochlan, Charlie, and the rest of the resident cats, Del starts to pick up his pieces and create a life without Austin.

As Del and Lochlan’s friendship deepens and Lochlan shares his deepest secret, Del realizes he’s falling for the other man. He’s finally living again, but can he let himself love again?

The Review

The story is, on the surface a simple romance – but it takes time to explore the stages of grief.

Del’s husband Austin died in a car accident, and Del finds it hard to get back to any semblance of a normal life. He volunteers at a cat café and the plot involves his growing relationship with Lochlan, another volunteer.

Lochlan has his own problems, in the form of his ability to communicate with the recently deceased and help them move on into ‘the light’. Del’s friends, a group of drag queens who used to perform with Austin, are well-developed minor characters and add to the interest.

The attraction between Del and Lochlan grows slowly, and there are problems to surmount, but I promise, there is a happy ending. 

The book is well written and tugs at the heartstrings, but there is always hope in the offing. It might be a bit hard to read for someone who has recently lost someone, but for anyone else, this is an absorbing and uplifting read.

Five stars.

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