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Monday, September 7, 2009

Shilo by Kathie Harrington

Shilo by Kathie Harrington
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short (23 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Holly Holder is 27 years old and has never dated; not because she hasn't wanted to but because Holly's social skills are awkward and communication is difficult. Holly is a young adult with autism. She has been autistic all of her life but she is experiencing independence in her living arrangements and a new freedom in her emotions. Those emotions center on Hal, whom she has discovered at church every Sunday from Easter through the beautiful Iowa fall.

With a golden opportunity to sit by Hal will Holly have the courage? Will Holly say the right things and will she find Hal in step with her skills and characteristics and how will he respond? Love is never a given. Love is never made for just those perfect few. Love is meant for everyone and everyone is smiling.

Even when you're surrounded by family and friends, you can still be lonely.

This story looks into the mind and feelings of an autistic lady who has taken the teachings of her childhood and ventured out to live on her own in the world. Holly shows that although she seems different to most people she still has feelings and emotions that she needs to fulfill.

Holly is a person of routine. She rises at the same time each weekday and follows the same routine. This routine changes slightly at the weekend. On Sunday she attends church and sits in the same seat.

Some months ago she became aware of a young man who always sits a few rows in front of her. Hal interests her as he also seems a creature of habit. But how can she get to talk to him?

This story is beautifully told. It gives very good insight into autism and how difficult it can be to find a person who understands what Holly is looking for in a relationship – whether it be friendship or something more.

Although short, Shilo is a very interesting read and shows another side of love. If you're looking for something a little different then I recommend you ry this book. You will be entertained in a soft, intriguing way.