Sunday, February 7, 2016

180 Days by T.E. Ridenar Review


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Lydia McIntosh left her old life behind when she said goodbye to Prairie Town, North Carolina and started over halfway across the country with her beloved Gran; away from her family, away from everyone who knew the person she once was, and from the identity she never quite wanted in the first place. When her grandmother passes away, she returns home and while she only intends to stay for the funeral, her grandmother has other plans, from the grave. Her will states that Lydia must remain in Prairie Town for six months in order to give her family and her old town a chance to get to know the new her, the real her. Lydia has had years to adjust to long hair, summer dresses, and nail polish, but she understands her family will need time to get reacquainted with a daughter they’ve never known and a sister they’ve missed terribly. Anticipating the worst, as she always has, Lydia’s feelings about her old town begin to change when she meets her brother’s best friend, Callum. Callum is kind and more accepting than she could have ever imagined and she’s falling for him. When her 180 days are over, will she be able to say goodbye to the family she’s missed so much? Will she survive her mother’s endless intolerance? Can she really leave the man who acknowledges her past and still wants her? A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a story about a transgender girl and her journey to acceptance and love when she returns to her hometown. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced to characters who color outside the lines and that's just how they like it. I implore you to give them a chance because we are all beautiful and unique in our own ways, and we all deserve love and happiness.
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I gave this author a chance, I never herd of this book before I read an article with it in it. I must say I am so happy I did. Be warned I had to put my kindle down to get the tissues! YES I cried. I must say as I was reading I could totally see this as a movie of Lifetime. This may be a fictional story but it feels so real reading it. And well it is not your typical love story.

Lydia was an really good character. She feels like she could be your best friend. Reading you can't help but feel the pain she was went through for the better part of her life. Between society and the bullies from youth. In the book she touches hearts and I feel she touches the hearts of readers.

The thing I loved most about this story is the friendships. It doesn't matter who you are outside or in but when people can love you for you.. well that's pretty awesome. I loved the way all these characters came together in the end.

I didn't expect to be as taken with this story as I was. The amount I felt reading, It truly is a remarkable book. I look forward to reading 90 Days! which I might add I had to one click as soon as I finishes 190 Days.