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.
Scenes From Adelaide Road by Helena Stone was a tale of new discovery and acceptance. Immediately, when I read the blurb I was intrigued and looked forward to reading about Lennart and Aidan’s journey. Unfortunately, the book did not hit the mark.
Lennart moved to Dublin after inheriting a house from a grandfather he knew little about. Looking forward to starting his new life, Lennart was his own worst enemy- standing in the way of his own happiness.
It fast became plausible that 19 year old Lennart should not be left to his own devices. He was whiny and self-absorbed and his repeated self-doubt detracted from the overall feel of the book. His immaturity seeped through the author’s characterization of him which led me to wonder how this young man could possibly survive in Dublin.
Aidan was a nice young man with issues of his own and although only a few years older than Lennart, seems years apart.
Lennart’s selfishness radiated throughout his personality and character thus making it difficult for me to connect.
Scenes From Adelaide Road was not the book for this reviewer.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
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