I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Scenes from Adelaide Road by Helena Stone
Published by Pride Publishing on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, LGBTQIA, Romance
Source: the publisher
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Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear?
A few months before his final exams in secondary school, nineteen-year-old Lennart Kelly discovers he’s inherited a house on Adelaide Road in Dublin from a grandfather he never knew. Having been ignored, bullied and abused for as long as he can remember, Lennart can’t wait to leave behind his father and the small town he grew up in. Moving away as soon as he finishes his exams doesn’t cure his deep-rooted insecurities though.
Meeting twenty-three-year-old Aidan Cassidy in a gay club on his second night in Dublin, scares Lennart. Used to being ignored and ridiculed, he doesn’t trust the attention he receives and can’t believe a man like Aidan could possibly be interested in him. It takes infinite patience and understanding from Aidan to slowly coax Lennart out of his shell.
But the past refuses to stay where it belongs and Lennart’s father is determined to take the house in Dublin off his son by whatever means necessary. Just when Lennart is learning to trust and embrace life, a violent attack threatens everything he holds dear. Suddenly Lennart is in danger of losing his house, the man he’s grown to love and maybe even his life. If Lennart wants to protect Aidan and safeguard his future, he’ll have to find the courage he never knew he had.
General Release Date: 1st December 2015
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Penny’s Rating: B | Scenes from Adelaide Road is the first book I ever read by author Helena Stone, but it won’t be the last. It was well written, sweet, a little too anxiety-ridden, but a good story.
Scenes from Adelaide Road is a love story in which the MC has a very abusive parent. Lennart’s father is a POS. I usually struggle reading stories like these. As a reader, you see a 360-degree picture of the effects of that abuse- the anxiety, depression, insecurity, lack of trust, etc.
Lennart moves to Dublin and meets Aiden. It isn’t all sunshine and roses, but the theme of the story is basically summed up in this one great line:
“We are born into our blood families for better or worse. Families of the heart, on the other hand, are those we create with the people who truly love us.”
BTW, this novel received a 2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention!