Wendy reviews ‘Patchwork Paradise’ by Indra Vaughn. Published by Indra Ink, August 8, 2018, 205 pages.
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Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
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The blurb warned me… I should have known. Even so, I was sobbing, yes, actually sobbing, by the end of the first chapter. This book broke me, it was absolutely perfect! Grab your tissues for this one because you’ll need them.
Sometimes a person just needs a book with all the feels you can possibly feel and this was exactly that book.
“I love you too, Sam,” I said. If I’d known it’d be the last time he’d ever hear me say it, I would have never let go.
Sam and Ollie had one of those magical perfect loves that we all wish for and I was crushed when Sam was killed. Even thinking about it now brings emotions close to the surface. That’s how well this book is written. It grabs you by the heart strings and pulls you into the story.
Reading Ollie’s journey as he struggles to go on after his partners death hurt in the best way. There were a few cute moments during all the pain where we see just how unaware he is and has been of the goings on around him. He’s actually shocked to discover that he is selfish and it was a really human moment of self realization.
When he discovers that his friend Thomas is in love with him and has been for years, when he learns that his best friend Cleo has been having struggles of her own. These are just a couple examples of that self realization and it made the story that much more realistic.
The years of loving Ollie have been hard on Thomas and I didn’t quite understand that this character felt the need to go off on his own journey of self discovery just when it seemed that he might have been able to begin a relationship with Ollie but it certainly added to the drama and the feels.
They have a rocky start once they do decide to try and make a go of it with the addition of a surprise baby. There is a lot of back and forth and unresolved past hurts make things extra hard but it was totally worth the roller coaster ride in the end.
So if you’re looking for a book with lots of angst and drama this one is probably the best in that category that I’ve read all year.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
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After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.