Before falling madly in love with the boy of his dreams at sixteen, Justin Reed’s childhood had been complicated. Meeting Niall Casey had turned Justin’s life around, and with Niall by his side, Justin felt sure he could cope with whatever the world threw at him.Ten years on, as Justin and Niall begin to think of marriage and starting their own family, cracks begin to appeBefore falling madly in love with the boy of his dreams at sixteen, Justin Reed’s childhood had been complicated. Meeting Niall Casey had turned Justin’s life around, and with Niall by his side, Justin felt sure he could cope with whatever the world threw at him.Ten years on, as Justin and Niall begin to think of marriage and starting their own family, cracks begin to appear in their perfect world. Justin’s father has remarried and this latest addition to the Reed family has some very strange ideas. To make matters worse, Niall’s mother begins to edge her way back into his life. Niall tries hard to believe she has changed but can’t quite leave behind the painful memories of religious intolerance and rejection.Justin and Niall’s lives are taken over by events they can’t control. Just as it seems that their plans for a family lie in tatters, they are forced to revisit the past and lay some ghosts to rest once and for all....
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a family matter Reviews
This book is the fantastic sequel to Breaking Out and it was lovely to catch up with Justin and Niall and see how their relationship has developed over the years. While I've read a few M/M books where one partner already has children, this is (I think) the first one I've read that covers adoption, and it was really interesting to gain an insight into all the ups and downs of the whole adoption process. You really feel for Justin and Niall every step of the way. It is a very gentle book about ordinary people so if you are looking for high drama with car chases and puppies being rescued from burning buldings (and tons of steamy sex) then this probably won't be for you. But, if you want a sweet, believable story about a lovely couple, and family life then you won't be disappointed.
I loved it! So much. I would reccomend this to anyone who has something against homosexuality. After reading this they'll be unable to deny that love is love no matter what. Niall and Justin are just two normal genuine as hell gay men. They are so loving, you can feel their real and not at all forced connection hit you on every level and on every page. When they got married I smiled the whole way through. And then when they started trying to adopt i couldn't have been happier.Honestly it's like Justin and Niall are close friends of mine, because I rooted for them and understood their feelings and problems throughout the book.A Family Matter is even better than Breaking Out, which is really saying something. It isn't fast paced and the plot isn't for those who like action constantly. But if you want a novel with two gay characters who have a real life believable relationship, then this series is the one for you. xxxI had no idea there was going to be a sequel! I just died after finding this.Breaking out was, and still is, my favourite coming out/coming of age m/m story, and I can't wait to read about these characters again. xxx
The sequel to " Breaking out" continues the story of Justin & Niall. 10 years have past and they are more in love than ever. A lot happens in this book, it will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I am not ashamed of the fact that it reduced me to a blubbering wreck at times. If a story can do this then it is well worth the 5 stars that I give it. I am hoping that maybe Garry will continue this and turn it into a Trilogy. There has to be a terrific story with Archie & Sam ..... Who you ask? Read the book and find out :)
Haven't been a big fan of M/M sequels before, but I hope there is at least maybe a short story to follow with a little of what happens after the boys go home.
I've just completed the emotional roller-coaster that is "Breaking Out" and the follow up "A family matter", and I can quite honestly say that I love both these books, the story they tell of Justing and Niall, from the age of 16 to adults (no spoilers here.)In the second novel, ten years have passed, the couple, still together and very much in love, are engrossed in their professional careers and live their lives, a life that seems to continuously throw the boys curve balls.Here's what I like about this book: it's so every day, it's common, the language is devoid of sub text, what you read is what you get. It is the story of a middle class family constellation as there are tens of thousands in England (and hundreds of thousands elsewhere…) This might very well have been my family, my story. I mean absolutely no disrespect to Garry for this choice of words, I think it's wonderfully adequate for the story he tells, and I feel liberated to be able to enjoy a story taken from my own back yard, people I can relate to, where love is the foundation of everything, but where our upbringing can complicate things, where the requirements and expectations of society often make things unnecessarily complicated.It's also a great time document about a changing England, from Thatcher's hateful politics (section 28, which is what Putin has reintroduced in Russia) to a country where Justin and Niall could finally get married in 2006, to a country where they'll be able to re-tie their loving knot next year as a fully recognized marriage, with all the trimmings. Knowing that this book is in large inspired by the author's own long-term relationship, who just so happens to be my age, I hope that they'll do that next year.I've been where Justin and Niall were, and although my life has taken slightly different turns, my and Alex's story is much the same. If you want to read a book (or two, starting with "Breaking Out") that is full of love, romance, family drama, where you'll cry and laugh all wrapped up in one, share the traditions that are so deeply English, visit places like London, Oxford, Coventry or Reading, join them for a cuppa tea or some fish'n'chips, this is the story for you.I'd like to thank Garry for sharing this fictionalized story of his own life. It's a unique time document of what it meant to be gay and born in the late sixties. Cheers!
A couple of weeks ago a book popped up as a recommendation based on what I have read lately and what I have liked in the past. It was called "Breaking Out".Putting aside all the usual about what a great book and story it is, and it is. This story hit me to my soul. I read the first book in a matter of days and immediately found the sequel.The emotions that you have made me remember,... wellthanks.As a gay man happily married to my partner of 18 years, I truly appreciate and relate to the characters and feelings brought forth in these books.You have brought voice to my own memories, hopes and fears that have made us all vulnerable to society at large. Thanks you for bringing out the notion that "Love is Love" no matter who you are, no matter where you are.With each new chapter, the story made dread and yet anticipate what would happen next in the lives of Justin and Niall. ..I can truly picture these two loving men as parents that we can all look to for guidance and an example of the future that is still ahead of us all.Thank You once again for making cry :)Todd M. HewittOhioUSA
Reading this book gave me great pleasure because I felt like I was enveloped in the embrace of a loving family. Garry Tuckwell is quite simply a wonderful story teller. The plot isn’t driven by erotic sexual exchanges, by adrenaline pounding suspense or even by the inclusion of unpredictable twists in the story line. Instead, it’s a highly enjoyable story about Justin and Niall’s relationship. It describes the trials and tribulations of being in love while simultaneously juggling the expectations of immediate family, dealing with the heartache of losing a loved one, meeting the challenges of professional obligations and navigating the obstacles that gay couples are confronted with when they’re considering adopting children. I absolutely loved this book and felt like every time I reached for it to continue reading, I was welcoming special friends back into my home. If you’re looking for the pleasure of reading a heartfelt, wonderful story I recommend “A Family Matter” with my highest endorsement!
Garry's second book is the sequel to Breaking Out. It returns to Justin and Niall a few years after the first book finished, when they are happily settled down together. The book introduces several new characters, some of whom form part of Justin and Niall's changing family. The book is well written and is faster paced than its predecessor. Garry's writing style is more relaxed and shows his development as a writer.
Love it love it love it !!
Really hope there is more to come from this lovely couple!