Two things caught my eye when we were offered Dear Adam for review. First, the heroine is a book blogger. I can’t remember the last time I saw a book with a story about a book blogger, if ever. Second, the hero and heroine have never met. How can you have a romance novel with the H/h never meeting you ask? Well I was intrigued enough to want to know the answer to that question so I picked up Dear Adam.
Eden is our blogger and she run her own blog. She has an extensive social media presences with her blog, Facebook, Twitter and contact with similar people. One day when she posts a review she receives a comment on Twitter about the review. The commenter is someone named Adam and his words prompt her to respond. The two start to converse back and forth on Twitter and Eden decides to check his profile. Strangely enough he has no friends and has only responded to one person, her.
For a while they talk on Twitter but then move to DM’s. Adam tells Eden he is writing his own book and she is disappointed to think he only contacted her because he was going to ask for a review. That ends up not being the case and they continue to talk. Adam is very vague in his answers to her only giving up the information that he is 28 and will retire, financially secure, at age 30. Eden is 35 with a teenage son so she is immediately conscious of the age difference between them. Adam sounds, acts, different though so they move to an even more intimate form of communication.
Email is the next step for them and it quickly consumes Eden’s life. She starts to lose focus at work and emails him back obsessively. The good news is that Adam seems to be in just as deep even if he won’t give up much information about himself. Eden has pictures of herself on the internet because of her blog and has sent Adam certain pictures but he will not send her anything. At one point he sends her a voice recording but asks her to delete it after several days.
She should have guessed from his evasive e-mail. He knew what his voice would do to her. She felt ambushed.
Slowly, we read the pair falling into a deeper relationship yet never seeing each other whether on video Skype or face to face. Adam claims he is on the other side of the world and stays up all hours of the day just to chat with Eden. Eventually it comes to the point where Eden wants to meet Adam. He puts her off saying that in 6 months he will be able to see her. He will have all his business in order and they will be safe. With everything that Eden has learned of him she knows his previous business dealings have not been on the right side of the law and he is trying to change that. Knowing these small things only adds to her frustration (and mine) because it is hard to trust someone you can’t see.
“The best things in life are worth waiting for. When it’s right,” he said in a voice that was unshakably certain, “Name the place. Name the date. Name the hour. And I will fly anywhere in the world to meet you.”
There comes a times where Eden can’t take the secrecy anymore and cuts off all contact. She thinks she is doing the right thing and that she has been played but that isn’t the case. She takes dramatic measures to erase her social footprint even deleting her blog. In his last contact with her Adam tells her that he will leave her alone and should she ever want it he will restore her blog.
I will leave you here to find the rest of the story on your own. I was completely drawn in by this book. I am such a sucker for touch in romance that I found it interesting that even though I didn’t have that here, I never felt anything was missing. Reading Eden and Adam live out their relationship only on paper and voice and never in person was strangely fulfilling and compelling. I have questions, yes. I was never satisfied with who Adam was or how he became that way. He has serious computer skills but I don’t know how he got them or what he was going to do with them.
The end has two paths. There is the ending and then the second ending. The author leaves a note that says if you are happy with the original ending then stop. She says the extra chapter might change how you feel. Strangely enough, me who always reads the last chapter first, stopped. I was happy with the way it ended and I don’t want anything to ruin that. Maybe if someone else reads that last part they can report back if it changed anything for them.
Overall, this book was a very different concept and I enjoyed it. I am glad I read it and would encourage others to do so also. Final grade- B
“My dear, you’re staring.”
And she would say, unashamed, unable to hold back, “I can’t help it. I still can’t believe you’re here. I’m afraid I’ll wake up and I’ll find it was all a beautiful, wicked dream.”
And she’d cling to him tightly, as if to prove to herself his reality. He would never fail to take her in his arms and gently say, “I am here, and I will stay. I love you, Edie.”