By: Edwin Litts
Published by: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: April 2021
Reviewed By: Amy Lignor
Review Date: October 26, 2021
Adam Bell is a recent Army veteran who has just turned twenty-five years of age and is currently a college student. Sounds quite normal; however, this author has written one of the most intriguing characters I’ve laid eyes on in a long time. Not only dramatic, Adam’s story is so “fast” and there is so much life going on around him, the story is also one that draws you in and doesn’t let go.
Although being a bit insecure, Adam does have his desires almost engraved in his mind; whether or not he can attain them will be up to him, logic, trust and, hopefully, having a strength inside his soul that sometimes he simply doesn’t show. When he sets eyes on Mary Bellemore, her absolute beauty sends his heart aflutter. She becomes his new goal, so to speak, and he decides that to be her ‘Man,’ he must prove to her he’s the right one. Frist step: become a success. Second step: Find a way to pull that strength from the depths of his soul so he can find a way to talk to her.
The “roads” Adam must travel in this book are at times hurried, and at times desolate and lonely. But because Mary is his purpose, he is willing to walk those roads in order to give her the type of mate he feels she deserves. Readers are “gifted” – and I use that word because the author has written this so well – by hearing Adam’s inner dialogue with his own psyche about life, romance, and the pursuit of something that means more than anything else in the world: happiness. His observations of the world around him, from vehicles to people he meets and attitudes he comes across, are realistic, dramatic, and makes the reader nod their head, as if knowing exactly what Adam means because they’ve gone through it themselves at one point in their own life.
Adam is not only a character that is almost written in poetry form, considering the lovely flow of this book, but his dreams soar as well. The nicest part about this tale, I believe, comes from the fact that Adam is, in a way, everyone. We have thought these things; the young man or woman walking by us on the street perhaps are thinking these things right now. There are no walls for Adam; he’s each and every one of us. The author has nailed his own goal, because “Adam’s Roads” through life have made readers laugh, cry, and appreciate life, itself.
Quill says: This is the ultimate coming-of-age story that will resonate with you long after you’ve left Adam Bell behind.