Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Purple Rain

For this review, I chose Purple Rain by T.J. West.  This book is a part of a series called Rain.  Book #1 is called November Rain, and Book #3 is called Rain Street. 

I received a copy of the ebook for a honest review of this book.

Here is a brief description from Goodreads:
Sandy Brooks was a single mom who was raising a young boy with High Functioning Autism. She left her home state, Seattle, Washington and moved to sunny San Diego, California to start a new life for her and her son, Joey. She was determined to make it on her own with the goal of keeping her son happy and well cared for. She may have dated a few men in her days, but wasn’t out to have a man take over her life. She couldn’t trust her relationships to last, because Joey’s feelings were at stake. No one would hurt him. He was her life and was the most important person in it - Until the day she met Quinn Baker - the man who would rock her world.

Quinn Baker was a quiet, maddening loner. Having a past that has haunted him for 17 years he was in no shape to take over his Father’s restaurant, Reds. So much pain and anger was still implanted inside his heart, he wasn’t sure coming back to San Diego would make things better. Not feeling love or compassion for many years he never would have thought Sandy would be the one who would take over his mind, body and soul. Along with Sandy would be her son, Joey - a boy who would give him a reason to love again.

I absolutely love this book.  Once I found out that Joey has Autism, I was hooked.  My oldest, Ashleigh, was diagnosed with Autism when she was 12 and is now 14, almost 15.  We were never told that any of her doctors thought she could have Autism. Now looking back I do see somethings like Ash HATED to touch grass and different textures. 

Sandy was talking about her son, Joey, and how he is.  I can not remember who she was talking to.  I think it was Quinn.  These 2 quotes from the book are definitely my daughter.  When Ash was small, she could entertain herself very well.  She does not need anyone to entertain her.  My youngest, Ethan, thinks I should entertain him, but I trying to teach him to be independent and use his imagination.  Ashleigh loves drawing, painting, and anything to do with being creative.

"I love how he could entertain himself."
"He was certainly imaginative."
(Page 30 Ebook)

Sandy surrounded herself with a great circle of support, as I call it.  She knew how important it was for Joey to have supportive people in his life.  She was sad that certain people were missing out on knowing Joey.  I can totally relate to this.  When I was growing up, my mom took us to my grandparents and aunts/uncles' home all the time, but it is not like it was back then.  It seems like everyone is so busy doing everything that needs to get done.  

Joey tells you how he sees things.  My daughter is like that, too.  Ashleigh would also tell you that if you say that you are going to do something, then you better follow through with it.  She expects what people say to her.

I highly recommend this book!!  A great read!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Would I recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!
Would I read more from this author? Yes!

Happy Reading!
Review coming next: Rain Street by T.J. West

FTC Disclosure: The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company has provided me with a copy of this book for review or I have purchased the book with my own funds.  The opinion I share about the story are mine and have not been influenced by the The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company if received for review.

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