“Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear?”
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
‘We are born into our blood families for better or worse. Families of the heart on the other hand, are those we create with the people who truly love us.’
We were instantly drawn into the wonderfully vivid prose of Helena Stone who delivered a story dramatic enough to have us on the edge of our seats at times, emotional enough to have us reaching for the tissues a time or two and romantic and beautiful in so many ways, our hearts were continuously bursting. Lennart and Aiden were so adorably nerdy and sweet, it was impossible not fall in love with them.
“Everything you do makes me feel special and treasured.”
Scenes from Adelaide Road was unpretentious and heart-warming with the dynamics between Lennart and Aiden believable, and even though their relationship moved pretty quickly, it never felt ‘insta’ anything as the intensity and swiftness of their feelings spoke volumes of Lennart’s desperate need for love and affection, grabbing at the first spark of interest and kindness he experiences.
After moving away from home and leaving behind the bullying and constant verbal taunting dished out by his overbearing father, Lennart Kelly moves to Dublin to live in a home recently bequeathed to him by a Grandfather he never met. For the socially awkward and insecure Lennart Kelly the scene that erupts before his eyes when he walks into a nightclub is a world away from what he had dreamt possible. Before his eyes men and women, not only openly display their homosexuality without fear or repercussion, but proudly embrace it. This is all a revelation to Lennart who has had to repress his sexuality and instead made to feel shame and humiliation for who he is.
“I want to introduce you to all the pleasure your body can give and receive.”
It is at the club he’s approached by the charming and confident Aiden Cassidy who immediately sets Lennart at ease yet in the same breath has him questioning Aiden’s actions, believing this beautiful man couldn’t possibly be interested in him. Preparing to grasp at anything that comes his way in the guise of affection and a smiling face, Lennart pushes fear aside and a friendship ensues between the sweet and needy Lennart and the giving and confident Aiden who complemented one another perfectly.
‘Aiden was easy. He chatted away and if he noticed how hard small talk was for me, he didn’t show it.’
We were engaged completely in Lennart and Aiden’s story, finding ourselves swept away with them as they explored their feelings which came across so beautifully innocent in many ways, and constantly found ourselves sighing with adoration as both characters bloomed as friendship turned to love.
“I don’t know when my feelings changed from happy to be in your company to needing to be with you. I’m not sure I recognized it as love. “
The drama when introduced provided some heart pounding moments that had us gripping our Kindles, clutching our hearts and shedding quite a few tears. Scenes from Adelaide Road was a winner on so many levels. We were left with smiles on our faces, marvelling at a beautifully written, sweet, witty, engaging and incredibly moving story of love, discovery and acceptance.