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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
The Companion by Pad Brotherton is a story about the rare bond of friendship. Will Westfield, a doctoral student, answers an advertisement to become a companion. Will is excited about the prospect of making easy money while studying. Will meets Libby Stamos at her upscale home, not really knowing what to expect. Libby explains to Will that her neighbor and closest confidant, Stressa, has recently passed away. Feeling the loss of friendship, Libby desires someone to talk and spend time with, a companion to share and keep her secrets. Libby takes an immediate liking to Will and hires him on the spot. Over the span of a few months, an exceptional and unique companionship is forged, changing Will’s life forever.
“Everything about my life had to be rewritten.” Pad Brotherton tenderly captures the spirit of friendship in The Companion. Although a novella, the narrative has a depth of meaning and sincerity. Quite honestly, The Companion is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is written with the eyes of the soul and the breath of the Spirit. Although the main characters are vastly different, the relationship between them develops with eloquent ease. There is an unforgettable scene between Libby and Will. Brotherton blends and nurtures their friendship gradually, yet with an everlasting, life-altering impact. The narrative is built upon the art of listening. To share and be heard is the heartbeat of the story. One of my favorite lines is: “My questions seemed to hang motionless like drapes on the windows.” The Companion exposes the brokenness of betrayal and the courageous journey to become whole again.