Author: Sherrie Henry
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Sequel to The Last of the Summer Tomatoes
After attempting a long-distance relationship, Kyle and Sam realize they don’t want to be with anyone else and decide to take the next step. But living together brings more challenges than they had anticipated.
After a summer back at the farm, Kyle and Sam move in together while Sam starts an internship in the city and Kyle continues with art school. Farm life’s left them ill prepared for dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies, but they have no intention of giving up on each other. To succeed, they’ll need to learn to compromise, but everything gets more complicated when Kyle’s mother unexpectedly leaves her abusive husband and vows to be the mother Kyle has always wanted.
When the realities of living as a gay couple settle over them, they’re faced with the ultimate test of their commitment. Whether they’re ready or not, the moment has arrived when Kyle and Sam must sink or swim.
In Last of the Summer Tomatoes, Sherrie Henry gave us young, first love and its sweetest. In Two Red Leaves, she makes Kyle and Sam grow up. I don’t just mean that they finally have sex, I mean they have to make their relationship work. They face many of the same conflicts that any new couple faces. They also face the added pressure of living together for the first time. Once they are finally in a routine, they face more issues. Issues that rip their hearts out… and yours.
Two Red Leaves is about growth and acceptance. It is about love and loss. It is about hope and despair. There are a number of minor storylines in Two Red Leaves; some carryover from Tomatoes, some are new. They serve to help the characters grow in one way, or another. I am not completely sure they served any other purpose, however.
Technically Two Red Leaves is the “Adult” follow-up to the young adult The Last of the Summer Tomatoes, but it is a worthy follow-up. There is a theme about sex within the confines of a committed relationship throughout the story, but it is handled in a mature manner. There is one, fairly quick, sex scene, but is mostly fade-to-black when it comes to any type of intimancy. All this to say that more mature readers of YA will be able to enjoy this follow-up.
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