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The Empty Spaces Between Us 2. Chronicles from the Orchard

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Genres: Romance
Sub-genres: Contemporary Romance

Growing up in a small town, Tyler's life had always felt like one struggle after another.  When he befriends a young father of two, he finds that he may not be the only one who feels lost and alone.  With a little hope and good friends, maybe they can find their way again.

This story takes place in the same place and many of the same characters found in "The Acquittal."
Copyright © 2019 Jdonley75; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 7
  • Addictive/Pacing 20
  • Characters 21
  • Chills 3
  • Cliffhanger 10
  • Compelling 9
  • Feel-Good 7
  • Humor 5
  • Smoldering 13
  • Tearjerker 18
  • Unique 9
  • World Building 12

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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 6,469 Words
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  • 2. Chapter 2
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  • 3. Chapter 3
    • 8,543 Words
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  • 4. Chapter 4
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  • 5. Chapter 5
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  • 6. Chapter 6
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  • 7. Chapter 7
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  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 7,658 Words
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  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 6,434 Words
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  • 10. Chapter 10
    • 7,390 Words
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  • 11. Chapter 11
    • 6,053 Words
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  • 12. Chapter 12
    • 8,852 Words
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  • 13. Chapter 13
    • 6,075 Words
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  • 14. Chapter 14
    • 8,329 Words
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  • 15. Chapter 15
    • 8,233 Words
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  • 16. Chapter 16
    • 7,252 Words
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  • 17. Chapter 17
    • 7,002 Words
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  • 18. Chapter 18
    • 7,703 Words
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  • 19. Chapter 19
    • 6,592 Words
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  • 20. Chapter 20
    • 5,469 Words
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  • 21. Chapter 21
    • 5,877 Words
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  • 22. Chapter 22
    • 8,289 Words
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  • 23. Chapter 23
    • 8,711 Words
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  • 24. Chapter 24
    • 9,054 Words
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  • 25. Chapter 25
    • 7,940 Words
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  • 26. Chapter 26
    • 8,745 Words
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  • 27. Chapter 27
    • 9,223 Words
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  • 28. Chapter 28
    • 9,819 Words
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  • 29. Chapter 29
    • 5,977 Words
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  • 30. Chapter 30
    • 10,828 Words
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  • 31. Chapter 31
    • 6,756 Words
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  • 32. Chapter 32
    • 7,131 Words
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  • 33. Chapter 33
    • 10,744 Words
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  • 34. Chapter 34
    • 6,129 Words
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  • 35. Chapter 35
    • 9,703 Words
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  • 36. Chapter 36
    • 11,684 Words
    • 8,028 Views
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  • 37. Chapter 37
    • 10,980 Words
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  • 38. Chapter 38
    • 9,699 Words
    • 5,599 Views
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  • 39. Chapter 39
    • 8,068 Words
    • 4,931 Views
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  • 40. Chapter 40
    • 9,700 Words
    • 5,222 Views
    • 75 Comments
  • 41. Chapter 41 & Epilogue
    • 12,343 Words
    • 7,163 Views
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masong

  

This review is actually on all four books in this series that has been written at the time of this review. It has become my favourite serie in gay genre so far. I highly recommend it and hope more people will discover the books and enjoy getting to know David, Andy, Troy, Tanner, Matt, Aaron etc. They are friends. They are family. They are everything you wished for, warts and all.

As someone closer to 50 than 40, I grew up in a time where gay marriage and family acceptance was more a dream than something achieveable. Gay content were hard to find and most were pornographic. It tends to give one a skewed view of gay life. The Chronicles from the Orchard books are about the ups and downs of family life for a bunch of gay and straight friends. It talks about trauma, addiction and other difficult subject without bogging the reader down in the dirty details. Critics may say that it is a Disneyfied depiction but I’ll take it. What I want is not the puking scenes but the healing. The books have made me cry over the wounds the characters have suffered, and the healing and support they have provided for each other. It has given me a view on what a bunch of friends and family can do to support each other through lives ups and downs, without having homosexuality being an issue. 

With that said, the books are not just about doom and gloom. Far from it. Their struggles is what drives the plot but the books flows with lots of funny and heartwarming scenes from the adults to the kids. I found myself loving all the characters and wanting so desperately to be part of this extended and unconventional family. The feelings I get after reading them is heartwarming and cozy. I hope more readers will get the chance to experience it.

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weinerdog

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

For me characters are the most important part of a story and this authors has a knack to get you to care for them and be invested in them.There is one part in particular which I can't give any details about without giving it away but it will leave you emotionally exhausted but its worth every second if you haven't read The Acquittal and Aarons first Christmas read those first. Happy reading enjoy

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Summerabbacat

· Edited by Summerabbacat

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

For many musicians who release an outstanding debut album, the "sophomore slump" quickly brings them back to earth. Fortunately for his readers @Jdonley75 does not suffer the same fate. This second book in the Chronicles from the Orchard series is as impressive as his literary debut. Most of the same cast return, with the minor character, Tyler taking to the stage front and centre. His story is interesting as is the expose of Andy's military life and why it has left him so damaged.

Emotionally challenging, entertaining and at times enraging (two particularly horrible people feature in this book, although only one is actively involved in the story). 

This story like its predecessor is character-driven and once again our author paints characters who are adorable, flawed, funny, melancholic and largely engaging. A truly rewarding read again from a very gifted story teller.

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Gary L

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Easily a 5* read on so many levels, just a few: a great storyline, fantastic 3 dimensional characters, deep emotional writing, and the setting, wow, the setting. At times the orchard seems a mystical, magical place where miracles happen, and they do.

Bravo

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PWS

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

I thought The Acquittal was amazing. So I was really surprised that this story was even more gripping and moving than The Acquittal. Bravo!

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G90814

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

I really enjoyed reading this story as well as "The Acquittal".  You did an amazing job of putting the 2 stories together, and giving us details of events from the first story that weren't explained fully.  I still need to read the next series of shorts, but I do hope you keep on with writing about all these amazing characters.

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IanDaniels

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Another fantastic story, I couldn’t put it down! 🥰

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pondman

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Love to see a follow up on Ty and Sean.

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Jkeeletupelo

   7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members

When I first started reading this story (and so you know, I read the whole thing in two days), I both wondered how it would pull together, and worried that it would repeat much of the first story. But, I was blown away by the depth and grace and passion for these characters that came through in each and every chapter. You absolutely ROCKED this. Thank you for sharing!

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chris191070

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

With this fantastic story we are catching up with the characters from the Aquittal. We get to meet new characters along the way and learn more about characters like Tyler who minor roles in the Aquittal.

There are few partings and many beginnings, ending in a wedding. Life is definitely progressing in the Orchard for this group of wonderful characters.

I highly recommend reading these two heartwarming and engaging tales.

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Former Member

· Edited by droughtquake

   11 of 11 members found this review helpful 11 / 11 members

With The Empty Spaces Between Us, we catch up on the Team from The Acquittal. We also meet some new characters and learn more about characters like Tyler who had minor roles in the first book. All the things we loved about @Jdonley75’s other stories reach new heights here.

Once again, there’s a wedding in the end. There are many beginnings and a few partings. Life goes on in The Orchard!
;–)

You won’t regret reading this heartwarming and engaging tale.
;–)
 

ps Read The Acquittal first, then Staying In the Moment and The Night Before Aaron’s First Christmas in that order before you begin this story. It flows better and you’ll appreciate the story better.
;–)

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