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Most Beautiful Words

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tom ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 10th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Kaje Harper
Rainbow Award winner for best Gay Fantasy...

This story threads together several story lines - the present, where twelve-year-old Autumn hopes desperately for her beloved, stroke-afflicted Great-Pop to wake from his coma and speak to her.
-the past, where Great-Pop was a young man named Tommy, a farm boy with a violent father; a youth who was very much in love with neighbor boy Roy McMillan, in an era when that was an impossible dream.
-the fantasy, where characters interact in a world of oddness
Debbie McGowan
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-best
I don't have words beautiful enough to review this book. It is INCREDIBLE.

This is possibly the most emotional story I've ever read. It begins with tragedy, and then, as Tommy's story unfolds, it becomes more tragic, and I thought... Hold on a minute! Isn't this Raine O'Tierney? Home of The Sweetness? How on Earth is she going to achieve THAT?

But she did. Oh my word, did she!

What I love about this story is that Raine has taken risks with the story-telling. I don't think I've come across anything
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young LGBT, adults, teens. Hell, everyone.
For my honest and true view of this book, please read …MORE

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"The book I just read is about two (or three) lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author. I liked it very, very much.
It is for sale on Amazon.”

DISCLAIMER: My reviews now all have this pretty face, so that all and everyone on Goodreads can stay happy and beatific. I’ll let you know if I change my mind. See the
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whatever words I pick to try and describe Raine O'Tierney's Most Beautiful Words will never come close to being adequate. This is one of the most brilliant books I have ever read, and I can only try to explain why.

The characters are real; the author captures Autumn, the young protagonist, absolutely perfectly. She, and her recollections of her wonderful wonderful great-grandfather, are painted in vivid technicolour, as she struggles to cope with the fact that he is between worlds. The dreams - o
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
I had a really hard time getting into this story, not reading it mind you. I honestly feel it's well written. My problem was I couldn't seem to connect with Autumn, I tried, I wanted to, I did feel badly for her but it just wasn't enough to make that emotional connection that I like to have with a main character when reading a book.

Much of this story is told through the perspective of a 12 year old girl fighting to keep her world from being upended with the loss of her Great-Pop, a man who was a
Serena Yates
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, fantasy
This is such a beautiful book. It is bittersweet, unusual in terms of narrator and how reality and fantasy subtly interweave, and a very romantic male/male love story on top of it all. Written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl, it encompasses her great-grandfather’s life, and their family history, shared in the form of the stories he tells her. And Autumn is all about the stories.

Autumn loves her Great-Pop Tommy with all her heart, but, like all children, she is initially very sel
Jor Barrie
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most beautiful words indeed... heart-achingly beautiful. I have never cried this much in my life, but it really is the most beautiful story.

I love how it goes from past to present to afterlife and back again; it all works beautifully together and it's hard to believe Tommy & Roy aren't real. In fact, I prefer to believe they came back from their Valley to persuade Raine to tell us their story... It's a sad one, but there's also great beauty and a happy ending. Go read.

Readers are advised t
This book really surprised me! I originally bought it when it was on sale and let it sit on my e-reader for a bit. I then decided to join the November Pick It For Me Challenge over at the LGBT Fantasy Fiction group, and when I was matched up with Michael, I realized I was out of my depth, since he's so well-read in the genre. Not one single book I've read seemed right for a suggestion, so I went through my to-read books and chose one I thought we'd both enjoy. I hope he enjoys it as much as I di ...more
Marbea Logan
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tears upon tears I was emotionally enraptured in this beautiful read. The characters were all so different, and I only felt the connection on the fantasy level and not so much on the reality of some of the family issues. It was sparse in between the fantasy story and the story of real events that Tommy and Roy's relationship was the main focus even in death or limbo, but the surrounding family had that secret drama too and alot of unsettled issues. Virginia having seven children meaning their of ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book pulled at my heart strings in a beautiful way. The author has a uncanny ability to bring so much emotion into the simplicity of Tommy's activity, his thoughts, his actions and most of all what its like to keep secrets from his family he adores. Then he suffers a stroke and I am suckered into wanting to know what happens next.

A loving relationship between his granddaughter Autumn, and through her we get an even bigger picture of how wonderful Great-Pop Tommy is as she clings on to hopi
Susan Laine
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartbreaking, beautiful story that left me shattered to pieces and crying my eyes out. This is about true love, a close-knit family, stories that can fill entire lifetimes, and a journey through dreams, life and death to learn what truly matters. I will remember this amazing, haunting love story for a long time to come. Loved everything about it! Even now the mere memory breaks me apart again. Raine, you are a master of enchanted storytelling, no question about that. Highly, highly re ...more
3.5 Stars. Sort of bittersweet while reading but with an HEA after all.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
"Most beautiful words" begin with a wonderfully written scene describing an old man, Tommy, at the pharmacy getting prescriptions for him and his wife. He is having troubles remembering which of two different brands of pills it is that his wife Virginia really wants. The details in the scene from the color of the cap of the pill bottle to the confusion Tommy feels when the price for his prescriptions seems to have increased with a hundred dollars, to his disappointment with the pharmacist treati ...more
I am sorry! This review is kind of all over the place but bear with me.

I didn't want to write a review for this book because madness is my operating system and laziness is my virus. But I just felt so guilty for not writing a review because it felt like I was cheating the world of knowing about a truly fantastic and amazing story.

Autumn is a twelve year old who doesn't want her Great-Pop to leave her but across the chasm in the afterlife there is another person who just can't wait to reunite wit
Inked Reads
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
After reading this, I'm going to have to stop saying, "I don't read YA." This was by far one of the best books I've read in a long time.
This is not merely a book about two men who fell in love at a time when they had to keep everything secret. It's also not merely a book about a dying man and his relationship with his beloved great-granddaughter. It's about how all relationships are complex and multi-faceted and how love doesn't just have one size or shape.

I loved the main narrator, Autumn, and
A.M. Leibowitz
After reading this, I’m going to have to stop saying, “I don’t read YA.” This was by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

This is not merely a book about two men who fell in love at a time when they had to keep everything secret. It’s also not merely a book about a dying man and his relationship with his beloved great-granddaughter. It’s about how all relationships are complex and multi-faceted and how love doesn’t just have one size or shape.

I loved the main narrator, Autumn, and
autumn is 12 years old, and her great grandfather has a stroke. he is the one person in her huge family that autumn connects with, and she is devastated. autumn remembers the stories that her great-pop tommy has told her, including a secret story that no one else knows about the love of his life, roy. autumn is drawn to a strange dream world with a man named toren and rook, and she realizes that rook wants to take her great-pop from her. roy also visits autumn, and shares stories that a
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Most Beautiful Words
Author: Raine O'Tierney
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Book Rating: ★★★★
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

This story contains so much that no review will do it justice. The love between a granddaughter and her grandfather. The love of two men in a time when it had to be kept secret. The love between a man and a woman that were
Oh man. I feel like I've been pulled in a hundred different directions, only being put back together again with the ending chapters.

I don't even know how to begin to explain this wonderful book. I laughed. I cried - several times. I wanted to shake Autumn and Roy too many times to name over their fight for Tommy. I reveled in Tommy and Roy's love for each other. I agonized over the difficulties that they suffered. I celebrated the life that Tommy was able to have, surrounded by his wonderful fa
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
Hmm, somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me.

A tearjerker, and the(view spoiler)

I might change this review later after thinking about the story more.
Deborah Tessari
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a really difficult book to read, dealing with an hard issue such as death. But the way it was faced is really sweet and strong. I think it's really difficult to let go people you love, and this book teach us to let go. Well written even if confusing in some passage, nonetheless a very agreeable book. Touching.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Almost a five star read. The writing is excellent, the plot is very unique and well done, but the character of Autumn is just a little off the mark; it was hard to imagine a 12 year-old doing some of the things she did.
Four Stars!
Sara Testarossa
I won this book in a giveaway and am very excited to read it. I've heard great things about Raine's writing.
Feb 06, 2016 marked it as not-for-me
Not for me.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I spent a box of tissues on that one ...
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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Raine O'Tierney wants to change the sweet story at a time.

As the Queen of Sweetness, Raine loves writing character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness?

When she's not writing, Raine is either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. She believes the best thing we can do in life i