Thursday, August 2, 2012

(110)A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb

A Different Kind of Normal

Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Pages: 480




Sigh.....  Another author whose book I devour almost immediately.  Which leaves me waiting a long, drawn out year  for her next book to be released.  Don't you wish all your favorite authors would write faster?

Jaden knows the definition of pain.  She witnesses both physical and emotional pain on a daily basis as a hospice nurse.  But there is nothing worse than watching your child hurt.  Her son, well technically nephew, but she has raised Tate since birth, is hurting something fierce because he wants to play basketball more than anything in this world.   But Tate was born to an addicted mother and he was born with a physical deformity that left him with an abnormally large head.  In order to make sure that all of the parts work correctly, Tate has a shunt, that if jostled or damaged it could potentially be fatal.  Jaden wants to give him the world, but she wants him to remain safe.  With the persuasion of Tate's hot doctor and his coach, Jaden gives in and during a moment of weakness, she agrees to let him play.  Will Tate prove his mother wrong or did she just make the worst decision of her life?

A Different Kind of Normal is so much more than just a mother/son story.  Although it is pretty important to the story. The whole family dynamic of the Bruxelle's play an integral part of the story.  It is a most interesting family, Jaden's mother is a Soap Star and her brother is a retired professional wrestler who is parenting his three children alone.  Their unique situation and unending loyalty to each other is really quite touching.  It really added something special to the story.

Bottom line, Kathy Lamb has a special way of touching my heart with her stories.  She knows how to tug on the heart strings in a way that few authors can accomplish. The story of Jaden and Tate is a special one and everything else is just a bonus. If you are looking for a tender story to touch the heart, you must read A Different Kind of Normal.

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