Available April 7, 2015Format: Novel
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Length: 89,300 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, April 14, 2015
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-61922-520-6
Print ISBN: 978-1-61922-711-8
Characters: Emmet Washington, Jeremey Samson
Jeremey doesn’t judge Emmet for his autism. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in clinical depression. When his illness reaches a breaking point, Emmet rescues him and brings him to The Roosevelt, a quirky assisted living facility. As Jeremey settles in, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is inside. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Retailers: Samhain (ebook & paperback), All Romance Ebooks, Amazon US (ebook, paperback), Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble (Nook & paperback), Google Play, iTunes, Kobo. More print links coming soon.
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CARRY THE OCEAN
The Roosevelt, Book 1
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.
But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.
As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
When I started this book I knew very little. I am a Heidi Cullinan fan, I run a blog, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this tour. Imagine my surprise when I started actually reading it. I need to explain something to all of you first. My oldest, my son, is autistic. For 12 years I have been advocating, researching, understanding everything for him and I will do so until my last breath. So, when I read Carry The Ocean I melted. Oh how I understood these voices I was reading. Emmet is beautiful. He's so so beautiful. It's so rare SO RARE authors truly GET IT. Heidi researched, she understood, she magnified it all and wrapped it up into a package of understanding. Emmet and Jeremey's story is one that shouldn't be missed. You have encountered Emmet's and Jeremey's in your life and you sure as hell have encountered people like the residents in The Roosevelt. This book is touching and rewarding. My soul was singing with each passing page. Carry The Ocean is a book that proves that fear truly is strong only because we don't understand. Knowledge and understanding are the tools. Just because someone seems different doesn't mean they feel different emotions, doesn't mean they are less of a human being.
I will cherish this story forever, truly. Heidi Cullinan gave a voice to those who can't always speak. She spoke for the community of misunderstanding. Carry The Ocean should be THE book you read this year. It's magnificent and I will recommend this book to everyone I meet.