REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Shelter the Sea
SERIES: The Roosevelt #2
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 190 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2017
Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.
Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.
In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.
He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.
Shelter the Sea was very much worth the long wait and an absolutely stunning follow up to one of my favourite books of all time Carry the Ocean.
There is a very different feel to this second book in the series as the boys move forward with their lives and become involved in politics whilst trying to save The Roosevelt and I did find that part of the story quiet heavy going at times but underneath that lies the beautiful romance between Emmet and Jeremey. I was fascinated with Emmet once again for very personal reasons and found myself smiling and nodding often at his sometimes quirky behaviour and his extremely blunt thought process.
Jeremey is again struggling with his depression but has yet to tell Emmet just how bad it has become. Once Emmet knows however he is like one of the trains he likes to watch so much – unstoppable until he has done everything he can to help the man he loves and intends to propose to. Heidi has written yet another beautiful story with all the feels and it will have you laughing and crying more than once. There is a real sense of friends and family in this one as this small group of friends, each with their own sets of skills and weaknesses, pull together for a fight that is very personal to them and one they are not guaranteed to win.
Emmet learns a hard lesson towards the end of the book but he also learns that his friends are strong, they have his back and they will always be there to pick him up and the Neil’s of this world need him to remain vocal and Try Everything.