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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.

He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But does he have the strength to let go and really grieve?

ebook, 202 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by TPG Books
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October 3, 2014: I will refrain from rating Summer Symphony.

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He was helpless against the bitterness he felt over his daughter's death. It produced an outrage he had never known. He found himself resenting happiness in the slightest of forms - a random smile, a singing bird, a father pushing his child in the park across the street from his flat. The patronizing condolences he received only made him want to vomit up the same intoxicating rage he felt when he was alone. But rage was just another
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5 Masterful Stars


Emotional. Musical. Political. Traditional. Classic.
Contemporary. Modern. Romantic. Breathtaking.

The way Brandon Shire lays words on the page just works for me. With Summer Symphony he has captured me once again. I am an unabashed Brandon Shire devotee and a fortunate beta reader of this book. You have no idea how hard it's been to not spill everything about this powerful read, but it's something you'll need to immerse yourself in to appreciate this
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I'm going to state right off that if you go into this book expecting a sweet love story, you'll be disappointed. This is a story about grief - grief so severe only those who have experienced it themselves could understand. I've been there. I've lived it. I felt exactly what Martin felt in this book.

With that being said -

Martin, a conductor in Croatia, is mourning the loss of his child, who was stillborn. His marriage fell apart, his career is almost in shambles, and he has lost all
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

“Two broken vessels cannot hold the same water, Maestro.”

This is our first time reading one of Brandon Shire’s stories but it definitely won’t be the last. In fact we’ve gone and stocked up on his previous work. We absolutely love when an Author’s words hit straight at our hearts and that’s what happened here. We fell in love.

“But love is a fluid thing. It’s not the same for every person. The concept is. The reality isn’t. When you hear people talking, they’re usually trying to validate their
Shirley Frances
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On a rainy Saturday morning Mr. Brandon Shire took me on a journey where my heart was broken, mended and lightened. With his trademark style of writing I found myself reliving the pain of miscarriage, re-enforcing my believe that music can touch someone's soul and healing old scars.

I was forewarned by the author himself when he told me "It's a tearjerker, not a romance, so take that into consideration." But I had followed the progress of this story since the very beginning and could not help
Shelby P
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my friends rated this 2 stars and she's very lenient when it comes to her ratings so I was a bit concerned about reading this. I love Brandon Shire's novels and at the end of the book I realize that he writes gay fiction and gay romance. This is gay fiction and it makes a difference knowing that.

This was a different story and I liked that aspect. I liked that the MCs were internationally based in Japan and Croatia. I learned a little about the Croatian culture as well. I never thought
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

“Two broken vessels cannot hold the same water, Maestro.”

This is our first time reading one of Brandon Shire’s stories but it definitely won’t be the last. In fact we’ve gone and stocked up on his previous work. We absolutely love when an Author’s words hit straight at our hearts and that’s what happened here. We fell in love.

“But love is a fluid thing. It’s not the same for every person. The concept is. The reality isn’t. When you hear people talking, they’re usually trying to validate their
Lisa The Novel Approach
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical. That is the word I would use to best describe Summer Symphony by Brandon Shire. When you look for the definition of the word as it applies to a writer, it describes how the writer expresses his emotions in an “imaginative and beautiful way.” I am not sure I could find a better way to express how this story is written.

Martin Zoric is a broken man. His heart has ceased to feel any emotion other than raw and debilitating pain, even as he seeks to somehow find a way to grieve for his lost
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Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3 star review by Lily

Beautiful writing style with complex characters interwoven with layers and layers of interesting dynamics between people. There are parts that left me sad and tearful, especially about Martin’s grief. The writer described and explained Martin’s grief exceptionally well. I could almost see myself grabbing the baby-cot in despair. Until Ren Wakahisa turned up, Martin’s response to his grief and his reaction to his colleagues were almost repetitive to the point that I found
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Damn this book. I'm just being stubborn with not giving this book five star.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: betaed
I had the privilege of betaing this book, so my review may be considered not completely objective. Still, it's how I feel about it.

The characters are unforgettable, so very real and distinct, I know I'll miss them for a long while. And the settings are characters, too, very much influencing the plot and the characters' actions.

The music was transcendental. No other word for it.

This story tore my heart out, shredded it, and then showered me with the bloody confetti. It is the master mold in
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I really wanted to like this book (I normally love Brandon Shire's books!!) but I just couldn't get into this one. I thought the story was really boring and skimmed through a lot of it. I almost DNF but, because of all the high GR ratings, I made myself finish and kept thinking something interesting was going to happen soon. Unfortunately that never really happened for me.
Sep 26, 2014 added it
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Review to come at Boys in our Books blog. :)
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Summer Symphony
Author: Brandon Shire
Cover Artist: Aeterum Designs
Publisher: TPG Books
Reviewer: Jay
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay & Bisexual
Length: Novel
Heat Rating:
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

This is truly an amazing story that I cannot recommend enough. This is more than romance between Martin and Mirnela and between Ren and Martin. This is more about the soul deep connections made at the right time and helping each
Caddy Rowland
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brandon Shire is one of the most talented writers I have read in a long, long time. I love his way with words, how he can draw me into a story and made me feel I'm intimately involved. It was nice to see him writing another book that was deeper and darker. I waited impatiently for this story, and I wasn't disappointed.

I did like Listening to Dust and The Value of Rain more than this one. Those I will read again and again, and that is why they got 5 stars. His writing certainly deserves 5 stars.
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
I'm going to give this book a four stars review. It's so well written, so powerful, so full of emotions, I can't do otherwise. Of course it's not what I am used to read, it's not what I like to read. I'm still thinking about the story, I think it will be in my mind for a bit.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Taya
If you're looking for a HEA and a romance, this is not the book for you. It's more of a life story than anything else. And a sad one at that.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer Symphony is a story of love and loss, a man's perspective of what it is to lose a child, a sorrowful but endearing story. Very often and I know more so in the past a father's emotions regarding a stillbirth were not taken into consideration as much as a mother's. Brandon Shire has given us here the impact of what does indeed befall on men. Beautifully written as I always find with Brandon's stories, compelling, compassionate, filled with individualism and sentiment.

Martin Zoric is a
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Blogger Girls

This was beautiful, sad, and confusing as all get out. I made the rookie mistake of not reading any reviews, nor the blurb, and expected this to be a typical romance with a happy ending.

Not. Even. Close.

Martin just broke my heart. He was devastated over the loss of his baby and then the wife taking off. Life kicked Martin hard and he took it. What he needed was to find himself and his real purpose in life…and it wasn’t where he thought it would be. Putting on a strong and
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a mother of 3 amazing and wonderful children. I was told while my son grew in my womb that I will never know love until I've had that of a child. That is true. To even think that any one of them were to be stillborn... well let's just say I can't. The loss of a child has to be the most painful loss there is. I wept for Martin in this story WEPT!

This is exactly how the title say: A Symphony. Brandon Shire set grief and love into a symphony. Emotionally suffocating at times to see Martin
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

Beautiful and sad! The story is great, the characters are great, and its content and tone are akin to the film Once, though sadder. This deserves five stars, but I am uncomfortable with emotion and can't see myself reading this again. After finishing this book, I immediately wanted to push it away and hide until I feel better. It's excellent and deserves a read though!
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am such a fan of Brandon Shire. I love his story telling. Martin ~ sigh.. how my heart broke for him and Ren.. exactly who he needed at the time. I'm going to think about this story and Martin for a long time. Its sad and depressing but thoughtful and beautiful at the same time.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.
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