This is the second book in A.E. Gamrat’s Bloom Duet Series. I would not read this one unless you have read “New Bloom” previously. That one really sets you up for this novel. In this installment Gamrat really focuses on the relationship between Gwen and her mother. We still see a real evolution of character with Gwen by the end of the novel but that comes about because of the storm that blows up all around her with her mother’s declining health. We also continue to see more of her and Kame. They are still going back and forth. Kame would in a heartbeat make her his. Gwen is still just not sure. She knows for sure a few things though… Her mother doesn’t approve, and he definitely has some secrets. With the chaos of her mother’s health the last thing she needs is a confusing and secretive man.
Holy cow the emotions in this book were real! As a mother, my heart broke, heck as a daughter it broke. As a woman that has been there and just wanted to find my place in a world that is just so very black and white sometimes, it broke for her. I just wanted to embrace Gwen so many times and tell her that eventually this too will pass like all storms do. Gamrat really has a knack for writing a realistic relationship and the complexities that come with it. Nothing about Gwen’s story was unbelievable, and that made this novel so completely immersive that I found myself extremely gripped. I couldn’t put this down and I honestly wanted more.
I truly enjoyed this duet. I found it to be a really accurate and great coming of age story. I myself feel like this is one I will be shelving to share with my daughter in the near future. I can’t wait to see what else is available from A.E. Gamrat, and what will come in the future. Thanks for a great read!