Title: Stones in the Road (Sugar Tree, #2)
Author: Nick Wilgus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Genre(s): Family/MM Romance/Disability/Gay parents
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When his snobbish future in-laws travel all the way from Boston to visit, wise-cracking Southerner Wiley Cantrell learns that gay marriage is not without its disadvantages. Occupied by concerns over the health of his special needs son Noah, a meth baby who was not expected to live and who is now on the cusp of puberty, the antics of Wiley’s outrageous would-be mother-in-law and severely conservative father-in-law strain his relationship with Jackson Ledbetter, a pediatric nurse who poses problems of his own. As their respective families meet and greet, each just as meddlesome and inflexible as the other, North meets South and the fireworks and cultural misunderstandings are plenty.
A tornado blows through the small Mississippi town where Wiley’s mother lives, wrecking his mother’s house and leaving their lives in disarray. Then Jackson’s secret drug addiction comes to light, and Wiley and Noah are devastated. With so many stones in the road, Wiley and Jackson find their dream of becoming a real family falling apart. Though Wiley relies on humor to cope, he’ll need something more to keep his happily ever after from slipping away.
I don’t think I can write an objective review for this book.
You know this statement?
“Don’t talk about religion and politics?”
I could add also “..and about health insurance in the United States.”
I didn’t laugh as much as I did reading the first book.
Most of the time I was like this:
– Why why why so many people in one of the most powerful and prosperous countries in the world are still fighting against the statutory health insurance?!
– Why why why special schools for hearing impaired children have such a bad reputation in USA?! Why is it better for a deaf kid to be in a normal school where nobody gives a sh*t about a sign language than to learn in the surroundings of teachers who are professionally specified for it?
– Why why why didn’t Wiley use a pen name when he published Crack Baby?! Didn’t he know how cruel children can be? I found it unfair and selfish toward Noah.
*Yes, I know, all these are Stones in the Road. And it’s a fiction work. And I should just stop to think too politically. And just start to accept that we have different life, different surroundings and different backgrounds. But it’s not easy to ignore all these aspects. Honestly.
And like this:
This book is not a romance. It is a love story.
An unconditional love story between a farther and his son. Deeply emotional and touchingly beautiful.
Do you know how much I love you?
As big as the M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i?
As big as the ocean?
As big as the sky?
As big as the biggest thing in the world.
G-e-o-r-g-e B-u-s-h-‘s stupidity.
Who is that?
Never mind. I love you so, so much. Do you believe me?
This book is the first place about a very deep inner connection between Wiley and Noah.
And much more.
Noah..this little man captured my heart.
If you read Shaking the Sugar Tree, you wouldn’t miss this one.
If you didn’t…well…you just have to.