Genre: Fiction, Autism
Publication Date: March 19, 2015
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About the Book
Paper in the Wind is a compassionate and riveting story depicting a single father’s dedication to his daughter. In the midst of the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism, he continues to persevere. Her father’s love enabled her to overcome insurmountable obstacles, discovered the power of love and embraced the gift of life.
I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I like to accept and choose books that sometimes is outside of my normal reading interests. Sometimes this is a hit and a miss.
I know a little about autism as one of my close friends is autistic. So at the very basic core of this story, I understood the struggle that the father had, throughout his and his daughter’s life.
However, I found that this style of writing to be too simplistic. The story is told through the eyes of the Father and while some of the story does tug at the heart, it lacked the connection and character building that was necessary. Therefore, for me, the story was very one sided and one dimensional.
My other issue was the lack of coping skills the father had. While I know that a lot of parents are often alone while raising their children with autism, but in the short story, alcohol use was prominent. Some of it was used celebratory but often it was a coping mechanism. As someone who runs mental health groups, using alcohol as a coping mechanism is not healthy at all. It would have been good to see the Father receive some help himself. I know that in a care giver situation, it is important they focus on themselves too.
Anyhow, this is only my opinion. Please don’t take what I’ve had to say and judge the story based on my opinion. I do recommend this story for parents who are struggling with raising their autistic children. I hope that this is a beacon of hope for them.
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About the Author
Olivia Mason-Charles is the author of Paper in the Wind, a compelling and heartwarming story of hope in the midst of insurmountable obstacles. She lives with her husband and daughter in beautiful South Florida. Her daughter was diagnosed with autism 17 years ago. Writing gave her the opportunity to express her admiration for her daughter and capture the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism.
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