Tamsin by Abigail Strom Release Date: December 9, 2017 Publisher: Abigail Strom Book #3 in Hart University series Number of pages: 255 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/New Adult M/F Rating: R Read 12/17/17 to 12/18/17
In my review of Claire, I mentioned I was glad I already had this book waiting for me on my Kindle. Now that I’ve read Tamsin’s story I’m even more thankful I didn’t have to wait. This story is so timely with what is going on in America today. I only hope that a few years from now, if someone is reading this for the first time, they’ll think some of the characteristics of Daniel’s roommates are exaggerated. Unfortunately, right now, there are a lot of people out there with the thoughts and actions of Daniel’s “friends”.
From the beginning of this series, Abigail Strom has done such a fantastic job of showing a more liberal side of college life. Within Tamsin’s group of friends there are people raised in “traditional” families and families with gay parents and single parents. There are gay friends and polyamorous friends. Some of the group are virgins and others have had multiple partners. And they are all accepted for who they are, no matter what. The author takes a step out of that box a bit with this one. Daniel is a pretty conservative guy. It was a very emotional process to watch Tamsin and Daniel struggle with their preconceived ideas of what a feminist is versus what a conservative. Can you be a church going and God-loving person yet have a relationship with an atheist? How can a couple make things when there are so many things about them that are different? I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell you that the most important parts of Tamsin and Daniel, their hearts, are not so different after all.
There are some heavy topics handled in this book…molestation, rape, abortion. Some as hypotheticals and some as realities. If you are sensitive to these issues I want to give you a heads up. They are not mentioned in passing but delved into. From my perspective that is what makes this story so great. To get the different opinions and different arguments. For these young adults to realize that just because they believe something whole-heartedly doesn’t mean someone who has different beliefs is a bad person or even a wrong person.
I could go on and on about this story, but I fear I will end up saying too much. This package will be best unwrapped by each reader to draw their own conclusions and feel their own emotions. I just want to say that Abigail Strom never ceases to amaze me with her insight into the human heart and mind.