St. Patrick's Bed
by Terence Green
Category: Fiction / General
220 pages; ISBN: 0765300435
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Though only the stepfather, Leo Nolan deeply cares about his wife’s son, Adam, a twenty-one years old University of Toronto English major, as if he sired the lad. Unexpectedly, Adam articulates the need to meet his biological father who abandoned his pregnant mother before the lad was born.
Not wanting Adam hurt Leo seeks out his stepson's biological father in order to make sure he is a decent person. While conducting his search, Leo thinks back on his relations with his father, his Grandfather, and his Uncle.
The sequel to SHADOW OF ASHLAND, ST. PATRICK’S BED, is a poignant look at the relationships in modern day extended families. The story line engages the reader because the characters feel so real and most people are either part of or at least know a rapport identical to that shared between Adam and Leo even though the duo do not share genes. The noble Leo who ultimately keeps the novel fresh and from turning too maudlin as his trips back down memory lane constantly shakes up the prime theme with solid subplots. Has written an exultant relationship drama that fans of contemporary tales will enjoy.
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