From the Author
This is a love story through and through. It's a story of a brother's unfailing love for his twin. It's a story of a girl's fight to get her sister back and find herself at the same time. It's a story of learning to let go of anger, standing up for yourself, and being kind to others. It's a story of love between a man and a woman despite the twists and turns that come their way.
This story came about after a year or so of watching a brother take care of his special-needs sibling during church service. I wondered about that brother's feelings toward his sibling. Love was obvious. Protector was clear. Burdened? It didn't appear that way. Guilty? Possibly. Nicky doesn't have the severe special needs that this sibling had, but Nicky faces his own challenges in life.
I also wrote this story because I despise bullying and the r-word. I wanted to share with my readers how painful and damaging both bullying and the word retard/retarded can be. I want my readers to finish this book with a better understanding of how words and actions can hurt. Or, maybe, my readers will finish this book with affirmation that the words and actions used against them did hurt and they have the right to feel upset by them.
I wrote this story for many reasons. My main reason is to share the story with my readers. I want nothing more than for you to enjoy this story and feel a range of emotions from start to finish. If that happens, I can say I accomplished what I set out to do.