Always Only You by Chloe Liese | This is book 2 in a series of 4 books, but can be read as a stand alone novel. Liese was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult, a trait she gives to many of her characters.
I enjoyed this story and highlighted a lot of text …
“Autism is a lifelong reality that you’ll never quite catch the cues, follow the timing, see the world like a lot of people do. And sometimes that has isolating, frustrating, depressing reverberations.”
“Books help me feel a bit more connected to a world that is often hard to make sense of. Books are patient with me. They don’t laugh at me instead of with me. They don’t ask why I’m “always” frowning, or why I can’t sit still. Books welcome me – weirdness and all – and take me exactly as I am.”
“People use the term “meltdown” cavalierly, but in reference to autism, it’s a very specific thing. When faced with sensory overload, meltdowns sometimes look like an adult having a tantrum or catatonically shutting down. It’s the body and mind doing whatever they can to put the overwhelming input to a stop … Meltdown is a survival instinct.”
“To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation.”
What I highlighted …
“Sunrise, the world’s daily reminder of a fresh start.”
“I’m autistic … I think even though I’m at peace with it and it makes sense to me, I know that’s not the case for everyone else.”
An added attraction is that this book is set on the beautiful island of Jersey.
What I highlighted …
“People don’t want to be bitten into like an apple … to show you their core in one conversation. Sometimes you have to peel the skin away slowly.”
“If you believe in fate leading you to love, do you also have to believe it is fate who leads love away?”
“People like to fill in the gaps, to paint their own picture, but no one else really knows the truth of someone else’s story.”
“Once the first bloom dies, there’s room enough for something else to grow, but it will never be quite the same as that first flower, the initial thrill of seeing what your heart is capable of.”
“Maybe the only real legacy any of us can hope to leave, is to be a link in the chain that keeps love flowing through the generations.”