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Title: Scenes from Adelaide Road
Author: Helena Stone
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear?
A few months before his final exams in secondary school, nineteen-year-old Lennart Kelly discovers he’s inherited a house on Adelaide Road in Dublin from a grandfather he never knew. Having been ignored, bullied and abused for as long as he can remember, Lennart can’t wait to leave behind his father and the small town he grew up in. Moving away as soon as he finishes his exams doesn’t cure his deep-rooted insecurities though.
Meeting twenty-three-year-old Aidan Cassidy in a gay club on his second night in Dublin, scares Lennart. Used to being ignored and ridiculed, he doesn’t trust the attention he receives and can’t believe a man like Aidan could possibly be interested in him. It takes infinite patience and understanding from Aidan to slowly coax Lennart out of his shell.
But the past refuses to stay where it belongs and Lennart’s father is determined to take the house in Dublin off his son by whatever means necessary. Just when Lennart is learning to trust and embrace life, a violent attack threatens everything he holds dear. Suddenly Lennart is in danger of losing his house, the man he’s grown to love and maybe even his life. If Lennart wants to protect Aidan and safeguard his future, he’ll have to find the courage he never knew he had.
In Dublin’s Fair City
Scenes from Adelaide Road is set in Dublin City, a wonderful place where modern and old co-exist mostly in easy harmony. As capital cities go, Dublin is small, not to say tiny. With a population of just over half a million people (2011), some might not even consider it a proper city, and they wouldn’t be completely wrong. In many ways and areas, Dublin feels more like a larger town. I wish I had the time, knowledge and blog space to give you an extended tour. Since I have none of those, I’m going to have to limit myself to a few places and landmarks which are mentioned in the book.
In Scenes from Adelaide Road nineteen year old Lennart is desperate to escape his small, rural, hometown when he inherits a house on Dublin’s Adelaide Road.
Adelaide Road can be found on what’s known as Dublin’s Southside—some would say the posher side of town. Situated in the city centre, Adelaide Road is within easy walking distance of the major shopping thoroughfares, a vibrant and diverse nightlife, theatres, museums, universities and pretty much anything else your heart might desire. Within five minutes walking distance from Lennart’s house lies an entrance to Stephen’s Green, one of numerous city parks in Dublin.
Stephen’s Green is literally a square mile—each of its four sides being exactly a quarter mile long. It is an oasis of peace and quiet in the hustle and bustle of Dublin city and for its limited size, Stephen’s Green boasts a large number of features: a garden for the blind, a gazebo, a band stand, a large lake, and the Yeats memorial garden to name a few.
Also to be found in Stephen’s Green is this statue of the Three Fates. The statue was a gift from the German people in thanks for Irish help to refugee children following World War II. Up to five hundred children found foster-homes in Ireland in a project named Operation Shamrock. In Scenes from Adelaide Road the Three Fates is the place where Aidan and Lennart meet before they spend their first day together.
Towards the end of their day on the town, Lennart and Aidan find themselves on the banks of the River Liffey, which dissects the city, also known as The Quays. As the finale to their day, Aidan wants to bring Lennart to Temple bar—a recently rejuvenated area, offering a lively mix of culture, street performances, and nightlife. In order to get there they have to pass through a narrow domed archway, called, unsurprisingly, Merchant’s Arch.
The Arch leads on to an equally narrow alley paved with slabs of granite, and lined with small and often quirky shops. Relatively few people occupy the tiny street in the picture above, but more often enough it is chock-a-block with bodies, as is the case on the day Lennart and Aidan pass through. It is hardly surprising that Lennart’s already frayed nerves give up the fight and push him towards a panic attack.
There’s a lot more I could say about Dublin and about Lennart’s frame of mind. I’m afraid I’m out of space here. If you’re curious you could try the book.
About the Author
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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