When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.
But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots.
Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?
***The first week’s royalties will go to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (www.autismcenter.org), an amazing organization based in Arizona at which Ms. Scott has volunteered for many years.***
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mason Street left his hometown on the verge of rock and roll greatness. He was expected to become rich and famous, so coming home after losing his record deal is humiliating. He turns to the man who was like a father to him growing up, the same man who taught him how to play the guitar. Mason didn’t expect that his daughter, Avery, would have grown up into a beautiful woman who was thrown a huge curveball and is the most amazing person he’s ever met. Avery Abbott’s husband left her when their son, Max, was diagnosed with autism and ever since, life has been all about her son and fighting for him. After his own father abandoned them, she didn’t imagine that anyone would want to join her in life’s endless battles and the struggles they must endure. Mason, who has just failed at the only thing he was ever good at, seems like the last person to take on this challenge. Gravity has other plans for Mason and Avery and you can’t deny gravity.
Avery secretly loved Mason when they were teenagers, but he broke her heart and she never did recover from the blow. When he returns to town, they are drawn together regardless of how hard Avery fights the attraction.
“Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity. That’s what I’m feeling right now. I’m sure I’m flushed, and despite Dusty’s being filled beyond fire code, I can’t hear the crowds. I’m completely locked to Mason, his eyes squared to mine, and he’s the only thing I see. The background...gone. It’s just Mason.”
I loved that Max is who pulls these two together. Avery feels no one would fit into her life because she dedicates everything to him, but in the end it’s Max who shows Mason and Avery how much they mean to each other. Mason is the only person Max connects with and looks forward to seeing and Mason quickly becomes attached to Max. He also sees Avery as a mom who gives her whole life to loving her son and fighting for his opportunities and respect and falls in love with her more. He sees who sees who she truly is through Max. Life is hard for Avery and Mason dives right in to fight alongside.
HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY is a love story that shows the daily struggles the parents of autistic children face. The strict routines and the overwhelming fear of messing up are very real and I found myself struggling with Avery. It sounds exhausting. Being a parent is scary and overwhelming as it is, but being the parent of an autistic child comes with a unique set of challenges. This story also shows us how intensely special an autistic child is and how the parents who love and fight for them daily are a testament to the power of unconditional love.
Ginger Scott did an amazing job of creating a strong and loving mother character who is also vulnerable. The characters were all well developed and I grew attached to each of them, especially Max. Avery and Mason’s love story isn’t without struggles, but it was immensely heartwarming and sweet.
✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an author and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of the "Waiting on the Sidelines" coming-of-age romance series as well as new-adult romances "Blindness" and "How We Deal With Gravity." Scott has always wanted to tell stories, and that's what drew her to newspapers and magazines first. Then, she realized making up the action was WAY more fun (and totally legitimized talking to herself on the treadmill). A John Hughes-movie-lovin', first-kiss-is-always-the-best-kiss dreamer, Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met in history class at ASU--fork 'em Devils! When she's not writing or nose deep in her iPad, she's somewhere near a baseball diamond backseat managing her favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, or playing team mom for her son. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
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