Differently Normal is a delightful, feel-good, romantic read about first love.
The central character in this book is Maddy, and her life is bound by the routines to keep her autistic sister healthy and happy. It’s Maddy and her mum who look after Bee as full-time carers, so there is no time for anything else, let alone a boyfriend. But then Bee joins a new Riding for the Disabled stable and they both meet Albert, and their lives are going to be changed forever.
Albert has resigned himself to always being a disappointment to his strict father, but when he meets Maddy, he gets a glimpse of what it would be to be part of a warm and loving family. But will Albert and Maddy be willing to make some big sacrifices to be together?
Tammy Robinson has created wonderfully likable characters in this easy-to-read novel, and it is a heart-breaking and heart-warming novel, a beautifully written story of family, love and responsibility. The author has also handled the subject matter of autism sensitively and compassionately.
The perfect novel for a lazy afternoon read.
Reviewer: Karen McMillan
Hachette, RRP $29.99