Review of In the Absence of Light, by Adrienne Wilder

In the Absence of LIghtI borrowed Adrienne Wilder‘s In the Absence of Light through Amazon Prime.

Description from Goodreads:
For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of. 

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him. 

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors. 

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

A short review for this one. I loved it. It wasn’t perfect. It seemed a little long. The editing could use a bit more work. The prose occasionally got a little too purple. It strained credulity at times and the town of Durstrand was like Mayberry on crack. But I adored every minute of reading this book. It made me laugh and it gave me feelz. I appreciated that Grant was a little older, at 36, than the average romance hero and, though I don’t know enough about autism to know if it’s a realistic portrayal or not, I adored Morgan. I REALLY hope there is a sequel about Jeff in Miami. There really wasn’t any reason to tag some of the last chapter on if there isn’t one at least planned.

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