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- Print Length: 194 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GCYLVY6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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It’s vital I mention that the main reason I scooped up this book to read is because I am the mother of an autistic child. Autism is front and center in my life so when I see books with autistic characters I grab them. Not to criticize but to support, to continue to gain knowledge and so on. The saying I always tell people is, when you’ve met one autistic person you’ve met one autistic person. So A Bouquet for Adam got my attention. I will admit I read it with the knowledge I’ve gathered through the 13 years I’ve had my son and worked with children on the spectrum. Keep that in mind when I review.
A Bouquet for Adam was filled with emotions and slight over the top drama. Adam is no doubt autistic. Where he falls on the spectrum is unclear. He’s more toward the high functioning side. He has quirks that we often see and his coping mechanisms for stress are familiar. He bites his fingers to the point of bleeding. I’ve seen hair pulling, slapping, biting, you name it it’s there. It has something to do with the pressure more than the pain. The pressure/pain, as it’s been explained to me, centers them. So, I sympathized with Adam. When Adam experiences a loss that he can’t cope with he really falls apart.
Trent, a photographer, enters the picture and really becomes vital for Adam. He is “his person” Yes his person. Someone who he gravitates toward in good times and bad and he deeply relies on him for all his feelings and emotions.
Trent, however, is dealing with a loss of his own and a horrible homophobic Uncle. It’s the Uncle who brings in the over the top drama. He’s a bible thumping lunatic that resorts to criminal behavior. I won’t tell you what because I don’t want to spoil it but it’s insane and it affects Adam.
I felt the story was perfect up until the thrust of drama. It was just too much. There was a tremendous tale going on with understanding, grieving, love, and obstacles all their own before Trent’s uncle takes it too far.
I enjoyed this story for the most part and though it was a lot to take in at times it was a good read.
I liked that the tale was written with depth in both leads and that every interaction they had was meaningful for them both. For Adam, because it was his first time experiencing a relationship, and for Trent, because he was learning to live again after losing someone. The storyline was a touch predictable, but it was so well and believably done that I was happy to go with the flow. It's a pity that once again, religion gets a bit of a bad press in this, with members of the church, including a social worker and policemen, being shown as corrupt and misguided. But, there were goodies too, including a judge whose own son had been sent to a church conversion camp, but who was fair and just in his judgement. And, I did like that a bully and his aforementioned cronies were about to get their comeuppance.
The tale only loses a tiny mark as it ended incredibly abruptly, with the bouquet of the title. There was no discussion about the rest of these guys' lives, about Adam's job, about where they would live and how/if they could live together. There was talk of Adam having to testify against his uncle, but that too was left in limbo. I couldn't quite believe that the authors would leave the tale here, as it didn't seem that there was enough left to be told that they guys would need another book. I just wish they'd given Adam especially, and readers, that little bit extra, that perfect start of a HEA.
Ebook courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Divine Magazine for my reading pleasure.
Trent is struggling to sell his photographs. On the advice of his assistant, he visits the Botanical gardens to do some photos of flowers. There Trent meets Adam. Adam seems sad and lost and Trent feels the need to help him. From there the men begin a friendship. Adam needs someone to lean on and Trent is willing to be that person.
In the meantime, Adam's uncle and his wife are still pushing for Adam to move back to Virginia with them. They don't want to believe Adam can take care of himself. The more Adam refuses the more they push until one day Adam disappears. Now it's up to Trent to find Adam and bring him home.
I have to be honest, I haven't read a lot of books that feature an MC with Aspergers. The few I have read have either had characters who were extremely high functioning or both MC's were on the same spectrum. So this was a very different read for me and I found myself feeling slightly uncomfortable with Adam and Trent's relationship at first. I was very concerned with Adam seemingly latching on to Trent after losing his mother that Trent might end up taking advantage of him.
Luckily that didn't happen and I got more comfortable with the two of them. I still didn't quite connect with the characters, though. I liked them both but I didn't fall in love with either of them.
While I really loved the premise, I had a hard time getting into the story. Adam's aunt and uncle were a bit too much and I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Overall it was sweet for Adam to find someone who cared about him and treated him with care. And while this wasn't my favorite read, I'm sure other readers will probably fall in love with Adam and Trent.
***A copy of this book was provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.**