Shelter the Sea
(The Roosevelt Series, Book 2)
by Heidi Cullinan
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.
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As the saying goes.... good things are worth the wait! I loved Emmet and Jeremy in CARRY THE OCEAN, bk 1 in the Roosevelt series and bk 2 doesn't disappoint! On the contrary, you fall deeper in love with the characters and the world Heidi has created!
A story filled with emotions, heart and characters that continue to leave you wanting to know more about them. So when I learned that the second book is a continuation of the same couple I was excited! Then there was a moment of dread, because Jeremy and Emmet have already been through enough and I didn't want them to go through more. That's not how life work, is it? The good news is that though there is a little angst its all works out and the story ROCKS!!
Heidi is a phenomenal writer, bringing true emotion to both her characters and to her readers. There will be moments where you cry and moments where you smile and moments when an audible sigh is much needed.
Overall, an awesome addition to the series and I CANNOT wait to 're-read' via the audio book. Iggy Toma, one of my favorite narrators will be narrating both CARRY THE OCEAN and SHELTER THE SEA!!
Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED IT
The Roosevelt Series
Carry the Ocean
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Read Viviana's Review here for CARRY THE OCEAN
What’s Coming Up Next in the Series
Originally my intent was for The Roosevelt to be a three-book series, with David’s story being second. I struggled to write his story, however, and when I tried to write a short Christmas story for my patrons last year, I realized my problem: Emmet and Jeremey had more to say. I thought perhaps I could get away with writing their continuation as a novella, and at first I tried that. Then their story grew longer, as stories do, and as the mental health crisis in Iowa became worse, I realized there was so much more to say all around.
I think now what will happen is that at the very least there will now be a Roosevelt universe, with Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea being books one and two of the Oceans books, and then there being some kind of third book (maybe, finally, a novella or short story?) and then we move on to David. I’m not sure who the third book is about—I thought I knew, but I’ve decided to stop pretending I know what’s going on and simply show up and see what happens as this seems to be the better strategy, as when I drive things only get messed up. Needless to say, there will be more books coming. And more residents moving into The Roosevelt.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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We received a complimentary copy of the book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.