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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Adam's Roads by Edwin Litts is an intriguing character study about one man's yearning for his heart's desire. This is more than a slice-of-life drama, it's high-end drama, well-written and engaging from the first page. We have a late bloomer named Adam, a recent Army veteran turned twenty-five-year-old college student. He's a little insecure but on the right path, and his world is rocked when his eyes meet those of a beautiful young woman named Mary Bellemore. Instant attraction. He has his mind fixed on her, but he reasons that he needs to do things to be worthy of her, like becoming a success. He also needs to work up the nerve to walk up to her and talk to her.
Right away, Litts's style grabs your attention as he describes vehicles, drivers, and homes along the super-busy and potentially dangerous Route 7. There is energy to the writing, and you feel that this author loves to write and loves playing with words and phrases. Given the title, you wonder what the roads of Adam's life will be and what he will find as he travels them, whether driving or running or even metaphorically. When he meets the young woman, he knows he has a purpose to strive for. This novel is a change of pace. I like Adam's character, his inner dialogue, observations, and dreams. He seems like a real person that could be a neighbor down your street. It's the little details of Litts's writing and Adam's character that stand out the most, like when Adam wonders if he has enough handyman skills to impress her.
This author's style is poetic without being pretentious. The descriptions are dynamic, the pop culture references are well-placed, and you will wish the story could have gone on longer. You may even find tears in your eyes in some parts and a few chuckles here and there. If you're looking for a novel that can take you into a fictional world you will appreciate and characters that resonate, then Adam's Roads by Edwin Litts is one you shouldn't pass up.