Finding the Words by Terry O’Reilly

Aspen Mountain Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60168-192-8

Reviewed by Cassie



Language therapist Ryan Phillips is getting over the breakup of a relationship when he meets his newest patient, André Thompson.  André is recovering from brain surgery and has lost his speech capability.  Ryan finds the older man attractive, but he doesn’t want to breach the doctor-patient relationship they have.  As they work together to help Andre regain his speech, will they gain something more as well?

Finding the Words is a very sweet tale of healing and unexpected love.  I couldn’t help but like caring, protective Ryan.  Despite not getting anything from André’s point of view, I still sympathized with him and rooted for him to get better.  The storyline played out in a quick and fairly predictable manner, but the characters were so likeable I didn’t mind too much.  I would have liked to see some of André’s point of view, and I would have liked a longer ending, but overall Finding the Words is an emotional and enjoyable tale.


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