A Bomb Shelter Romance by Patrick M. Garry

A Bomb Shelter Romance
Patrick M. Garry
Inkwater Press (2008)
ISBN 9781592993451
Reviewed by Danelle Drake for Reader Views (12/08)


After reading “A Bridge Back” I couldn’t wait to get started on “A Bomb Shelter Romance.”  Patrick M. Garry has another avid reader; “A Bridge Back” was such a gripping book.  I fell in love with all of the characters and was looking forward to another wonderful story.  Disappointment was not an option.  What a hoot!

Thinking back to the summer of 1970, my mind almost instantly went to the heat of the time.  The temperature and the overall climate were hot, tempers flared, and life for everyone was sometimes just a little bit crazy.  Ben O’Neill and the residents of Pinestock were not immune to the craziness of the times.

Sit back and relive the era as Ben discovers all that life has to offer.  Having a mother who is always “into the moment” Ben is lassoed into spending his 18th summer helping build “the last bomb shelter of the cold war.”  While Ben sees this as very un-cool thing to do, he makes the best of the situation, and soon sees there is more to life than a popularity contest.

Interesting relationships soon form between Ben and several of the bomb shelter volunteers.  Brad Richardson, the blind owner of the local movie theater, lends a hand and teaches Ben about more than building.  Essie, Ben’s mom’s sister, who thought life was all like the greeting cards she wrote brought fantasy to the group of volunteers.  But Suzanne, oh Suzanne, Ben’s life will never be the same.

“I love you to, you know.” Those six little words from Suzanne to Ben will be held in his heart, possible forever.  “A Bomb Shelter Romance” by Patrick M. Garry is one of those slow reads that reminds you that life is good, and that a good writer can change your perception of the world, if only for a short time.  This is one book I wish would have been so much longer.

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