As Big As the Sky by Amy Aislin (publisher: MLR Press)
Sam McAuley is having a rough start to the summer: Not only is he being sued, but the new guy running the animal rehabilitation center next door has no idea what he’s doing and his runaway chickens constantly end up in Sam’s pristine yard.
Everything is temporary for Bo Novak. For as long as he can remember, it’s been one town to the next, one school to the next, one job to the next. Even his current job—running his sister’s animal rehab center while she’s away on a four-month leave—is temporary. And he does know what he’s doing, thank you very much. Sure, things don’t always run smoothly, but the stick-in-the-mud next door could be a little nicer about it.
One overheard conversation, an olive branch, and a baseball game might show these guys that being at odds isn’t really what they want, and that what they want might just be each other.
[As Big As the Sky is a 37,000-word novella.]
Cover art by Melody Pond.
"I enjoyed this a lot!... Amy Aislin manages to pack a lot of different things into this story without it being too much. I was surprised at how much depth there is to the story considering that it’s only 140 pages long. I became so engrossed while reading that I didn’t put it down until I’d finished all of it." — 5 stars from ButtonsMom2003 at Xtreme Delusions
"Let's cut to the chase. I shall be buying more books by this author. The language is beautiful, the writing spare and sensitive. I don't know anything about Amy Aislin, but I feel a little bit happier living in the same world as a writer such as her." — 5 stars from Goodreads reviewer, Angus
"I highly recommend As Big as the Sky. It was a nice light read. I would actually call it a comfort read. It’s the sort of book you’ll save and go back to over and over when you want to have a smile or a laugh. Definitely get this one." — 4.5 stars from Kenna at Joyfully Jay
"This was a truly adorable read, with an idyllic setting and two main characters who were so darn likable... The fact that a lot of story...does take place regardless of it being a novella, and that I seriously adored Bo and Sam and how everything evolved between them as a couple and for them as individuals, makes As Big as the Sky a 4.5-starred winner to me." — 4.5 stars from Jen at Dog-Eared Daydreams
"This really was a sweet read that I could just curl up with on a rainy day and would always bring a smile to my face." — Millsylovesbooks
"As Big As The Sky is that feel-good read you want to pick up when you are looking for something without the angst and drama but still delivers a good story." — 3.5 - 4 stars Jenn at The Geekery Book Review
"[Amy Aislin] made me happy-sigh not just once, but multiple times while reading this sweet story with a nice touch of heat. As Big As The Sky was such a joy to read, and it’s getting a full 5 happy-sigh stars from me." — 5 stars from Carra at Making It Happen Book Blog
"The story was well-written, a light, quick and easy read with just a little angst... Very enjoyable and definitely recommendable!!" — 4 stars from Tracy at Bayou Book Junkie
"This was a beautiful story and I loved it." — 5 stars from Ali at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
"It's so nice to read a book that has so much heart." — 5 stars from Jenn at Diverse Reader
"It was written in such a genuine way, no hysteria or dramatics... I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a solid, realistic, no-angst romance." — 4 stars from Natalie at Jessie G Books
"Aislin seamlessly weaves threads from both characters’ lives into a satisfyingly rich storyline that holds the reader’s attention and warms the heart." — 5 stars from Sara at Sarandipity Book Reviews
"Well-written, cute premise, very low angst, and likeable main characters. All in all, a nice romance, and a fun read. As Big as the Sky is very cute and charming. I’m so glad I took a chance on this novella." — from Jules at The Novel Approach