Saturday, April 29, 2017

Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The young man with a double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he has autism.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When Jeremey’s untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility.

As Jeremey and Emmet find their feet at The Roosevelt, they begin to believe they can be loved for the men they are beyond their disabilities. But before they can trust enough to fall head over heels, they must trust their own convictions that friendship is a healing force and love can overcome any obstacle.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

***A sky full of stars is what this book deserves***

I knew Ms. Cullinan to be a talented author, but I think in this book she has surpassed herself (and anyone else). It is, by turns, enlightening, sexy, sad, uplifting, fun, educating, unnerving, but most of all, speaks of hope and love. And not just romantic love, but that of family, friends, parents, supporters.

To write so eloquently about autism is already amazing, but to also consider depression and anxiety, and manage to create a wonderful story, and to compare and contrast is mind-blowing. I will, without a doubt, be reading this book again, and again for its wisdom and intensity. I have already told a number of people that they have to read it too, because it is that special.

The side characters play such significant roles that to call them side is not really fair at all. Emmet's parents are utterly wonderful, and David, a paraplegic resident of The Roosevelt, also plays a pivotal role.

I highly recommend that you have a tissue to hand, although I can assure you this is no weepy; it is just that sometimes the emotions jump off the page and grab you until your eyes can't help themselves.

Ms. Cullinan, I am in awe, thank you.

Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi on her website.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt #1) by Heidi Cullinan to read and review.

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