Sunday, March 11, 2012

Words Get In The Way-Nan Rossiter

Words Get In The Way

Nan Rossiter

Kensington, Mar 27 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780758246684

With her widower dad suffering a stroke, single mom Callie Wyeth, accompanied by her three years old son Henry diagnosed with autism, comes home to new Hampshire to care for her father. Callie thinks of Henry’s dad Linden Finch. She ended their relationship before she knew she was pregnant. When Callie tried to inform Linden, she learned he left New England for California.

An intoxicated friend Katie informs Linden that Callie dumped him because she was pregnant with a married man’s baby. When Linden and Callie see each other for the first time in years, both know the attraction remains strong. However, that break-up remains between them though they try to move on together while Henry and Linden’s rescued animals become buddies.

Nan Rossiter captures the essence of a young high functioning autistic child who suffers from a speech disorder making communication that much more difficult. The romantic subplot never quite gels as Callie and Linden learn W.C. Field’s commentary: "Never work with animals or children” if you want to be the star.

Harriet Klausner

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