As the story unfolds, the reader is drawn more and more into the struggles of single father Michael and his autistic daughter as they fight a battle that at times seems all but hopeless and impossible to win. Along the journey, Michael and his daughter make loyal friends who fight alongside them to overcome their tragic past and find hope for the future. Despite the ups and downs, giant leaps forward and major setbacks, the true strength of Alexa's personality finds a way to shine through--a trait that she can only have inherited from her determined and ever-caring father. Together with the support of friends and family and the help of a variety of therapy treatments, Alexa and her father discover happiness and forgiveness once again and learn the importance of having true friends by your side to cheer you on. I myself mentally cheered Alexa on every step of the way as she grew into a beautiful, talented and loving individual with a unique personality and spirit all her own.
Mason-Charles' writing style is compassionate and sincere. She told her story beautifully. Throughout the book are sprinkled both fascinating and useful facts about autism and its various forms of treatment. The story gives insight into the frightening world in which many parents of autistic children must dwell and the many challenges as well as triumphs that are to be shared by such families. Mason-Charles' story offers hope to families such as these that a bright future and successful life for their child is more than possible with the right amount of patience, faith and determination.
I applaud Miss Mason-Charles for her courage in writing a story that reflects the struggles she and her own daughter must often face. Paper in the Wind is a novelette that will shine light on autism and bring greater awareness to those familiar and unfamiliar with this unfortunate, yet fascinating disorder. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in autism, family, drama, and the elements of friendship, forgiveness, and hope that are so crucial to the life of everyone.
Paper in the Wind can be purchased here.
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