When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.
But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots.
Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?
Let me start with this…I have a spectrum child, I have friends with aspie children and I have friends with autistic children. Life with these kids is very challenging at times and extremely rewarding at other times. Dealing with them in public can bring about unexpected disaster even for the most prepared mom…I’ve left grocery baskets full of food unpaid for at the front of the store more than once. I completely empathize with Avery and her situation. Ginger Scott’s portrayal of the struggles of a single mom with an Autistic child is heartfelt and really ‘spot on’. Avery is a true heroine.
So that brings me to Mason…and again I have to say wow. His maturation from the still cocky, mentally a teenager self to the man you absolutely fall in love with is in a word awesome. I actually felt like a proud parent ‘seeing’ him grow through this book. The way he interacts with Max is so special it will bring tears to your eyes.
The supporting characters are just as loveable as the main characters…in fact, I wouldn’t be sad to see a book about Cole and Claire (hint, hint Ginger Scott).
I’m not gonna lie to you…you will need tissues for parts of this book. My heart actually fluttered a few times while reading as well. And a couple of times I think I may have even said ‘awwww’ out loud. This book brings out every emotion you can possibly feel…and you feel it right down to your soul.
I’m not sure 5 stars is even enough, all I can say is that this book is an absolute must read.
I fell in love with Avery’s character. She was strong, solid, and REAL. Her daily struggles with max, her son, were just too real. They made me had to stop several times and gather myself, and no, I don’t think it’s because I’m a mom. It was just raw and real and how Ms. Scott captured all of the nuisances if this struggle, was simply……….wow. Mason, Mason, Mason……his progression and maturity through the novel was just as heartwarming to see. Not every man can handle having a special needs child, and Mason was just too sweet for words. As for the rest of the characters, they were all real, believable and Integral to moving the plot along.
This story is about struggle, finding time for love, adjusting to the unexpected, forgiveness, championing for the weaker one, a parent’s unconditional love and second chances. Bravo!
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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