Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt

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Goodreads Link - Old version

Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.

Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.

With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.

My Rating - 4.5 Stars!

The Imperfection of Swans is a remarkable, yet gut wrenching book by Brandon Witt.

Kevin's always dreamed of opening his own wedding gown shop. With his sister's push, he's finally taking a chance. And then he meets Casper, when fate brings them together. 

Brandon Witt manages to bring to life some amazing characters. Kevin is a man who's extremely complex and even more vulnerable. His struggles are many, and his pain is constantly jumping off the pages. Overall, he's one hell of a tortured soul. And then there's Casper. There aren't many characters who are more understanding, supportive, and loving than this tender man. 

But the ultimate beauty of Casper entering Kevin's life is that he is the one who can see what is happening and can make Kevin face it. 

And then there's the brownstone, which is a character in itself. The changes these men make to this building are fully brought to life, and one can feel they are in the building along with the men. 

This is a story that explores that love isn't easy; that love is a struggle. The author beautifully illustrates the power of love to calm and heal. 

This is a story that delves into some extremely tough issues. The author explores severe anxiety, physical illnesses, eating disorders, and leaping to face one's dreams. 

I love this quote. "It takes guts to leap. Whether you make it or not." So true. 

The author's writing style is unique. His characters, and the overall message is deep, with his writing fully reflecting this. He's able to fully delve into Kevin's mind, exploring the mentally of his body and eating issues firsthand. And then we discover that this is story who's roots are based in reality, and wow, just wow. Loosely based on a close friend of the authors, this story takes on even more meaning. And hot damn, his friend is the cover model, once again, making everything even more personal. 

The Imperfection of Swans is a long slow-burn read. When you pick up this Brandon Witt book, be prepared to be patient and ready for one hell of a serious and tough journey. Don't take on this story for the romance, but rather for the journey. It's well worth it to meet these men who discover that meeting the right person can calm you and make you a better person. This book is emotional, raw, and riveting and will stay with you long after you finish it.

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