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Ms. Vaughn allows the reader to see both sides of the coin regarding the disposition of the house where Sam and Ollie lived. On the one hand, it is the home Ollie loved and shared with Sam, and the place he feels safest and most comforted. On the other hand, it was Sam's grandmother's house and Sam's parents feel it should stay in their family. Sam and Ollie were about to be married, but that had not yet happened. As it turns out, Sam's parents had other motives than family sentimentality for wanting to gain control of the property.
Meanwhile, Ollie and his friend Thomas are facing another crisis, another part of the patchwork that is now Ollie's life. Thomas finds himself to be the father of a baby, conceived by a woman who is now unable to cope as a parent, so Thomas must take the baby to raise. Now we get some comic relief to the heavy sadness the book began with, as Thomas must deal with dirty diapers and other messy details of parenthood. Thomas needs help with money and living arrangements so Ollie invites him and baby Milo to live with him in the big house that is still under question as to ownership.
A solution to the house ownership is found, and while it isn't the answer that Ollie wanted, it is what he must agree to or possibly lose the house entirely. There is a lot of interaction and help from Ollie's family in this story, which is a counterpoint to the anger that boils up between Ollie and Sam's family.
Patchwork Paradise is the story of the dynamic changes in Ollie's life and all of the people who glide in and out of his days, weeks and months following Sam's death. This story really resonated with me. I accepted the sad parts and rejoiced in the happy parts as pieces of a truth that comes to anyone who loses a loved one. Ms. Vaughn tackled a tough subject and allows the reader to accompany Ollie on his journey and come out of the darkness to a new, unexpected life. This is a character-driven book that gives us wonderful, fully developed people who are flawed yet vibrant as they do their best to carry on. Patchwork Paradise is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.
First let me say how wonderfully refreshing it was to have a story set in a European country other than England, France or Spain. We just don’t see that too often, and the little glimpses the author gives us of Antwerp add a nice atmosphere to the story.
You need to gather tissues before starting this book. We are given a brief glimpse of the perfection and happiness that is Ollie’s life with Sam. Then Ollie has his world torn out from under him. His grief is a tangible living thing. We see how at first he does not cope at all despite the best efforts of his friends and family. As he emerges from the fog of grief, we see him trying to move forward. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. What he does have is the support of his friends.
One of those friends is Thomas. Thomas has always been in love with Ollie, but knew that he never stood a chance because of Ollie’s love for Sam. When Sam is tragically taken away, Thomas does his best to stand beside Ollie, setting aside his feelings for the sake of his friend. Thomas moves on with his life, trying to forget the love that he feels he will never have.
I liked how the story unfolds slowly as Ollie moves through the stages of grief with unexpected setbacks from outside sources and little victories in his goal to rebuild his life. This is a slow process, but he gradually becomes aware that Thomas is a major part of his life and he starts to see him differently than he has before. When Thomas’s world takes a major change in direction, Ollie is determined to be there for Thomas as he was for him. Their path to happiness has many ups and downs, and develops over time. The ebb and flow of the story is told in an easy reading way that takes you along with them effortlessly.
There is a cheating tag with this story, but this does not take place between the main characters.