Review of ‘Whispers of Home’ by April Kelley

Whispers of Home (Pickleville #1)

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All Jaron McAllister wanted to do was get out of the small town where he grew up. After being bullied all his life for being gay, that’s exactly what he does. He loses all contact with everyone in the town of Pickleville, including his emotionally distant mother and the only true friend he ever had.
When his best friend and mother of the child they share, get murdered he knows he must ask for help in the one place he thought he would never go back to. Coming back home isn’t easy and finding himself attracted to the town man-slut spells disaster. Travis Heath isn’t at all what his reputation suggests though.

My Review

‘Whispers of Home’ has one of my favourite plots—a poor, unhappy character gradually finding friends and becoming happier in his life. Everyone can relate to being unpopular and/or bullied in high school, so it is a good story that strikes a chord with people.
The characters are written believably—Jaron is the classic unconfident type who doesn’t realise how much he’s loved and how strong he is inside, especially when looking after his son.
Travis was particularly realistic—he really reminded me of the jock/ Alpha Male type boys at my school—good looking and sure of himself, but so charming that everyone falls in love with him. There must be at least one of these at every school. Travis annoyed me at first but he had a funny turn of phrase and never let anything get in his way so he won me over.
The hot sex scenes are believable—I don’t like books where the sex scenes are all about ‘insert tab A into slot B’ so I’m happy to say that the ones in ‘Whispers of Home’ are more passionate and emotional, which I like much more.
The character interactions are convincing and even a bit painful. Jaron’s interactions with his mum reminded me of me and my mum. Trying to read her emotions and work out what to say to her without upsetting or angering her. For example:
‘Jaron had always fallen short and at some point in his life had stopped trying to please her.’
So many people think this about their mothers.
I liked the depiction of the small town atmosphere with everyone gossiping and whispering behind each other’s backs. So true!
This story also has a few funny moments, as does real life—not slapstick or over the top but I did chuckle in a few places.
I am glad this is the first of a series because I’d like to know what happens to Jaron and Travis in future, and the other characters we’ve met in book 1.


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