Title: 180 Days
Genre: Transgender Romance
Date published: October 1, 2015
Lydia McIntosh left her old life behind when she said goodbye to Prairie Town, North Carolina and started over halfway across the country with her beloved Gran; away from her family, away from everyone who knew the person she once was, and from the identity she never quite wanted in the first place. When her grandmother passes away, she returns home and while she only intends to stay for the funeral, her grandmother has other plans, from the grave. Her will states that Lydia must remain in Prairie Town for six months in order to give her family and her old town a chance to get to know the new her, the real her.
Lydia has had years to adjust to long hair, summer dresses, and nail polish, but she understands her family will need time to get reacquainted with a daughter they’ve never known and a sister they’ve missed terribly. Anticipating the worst, as she always has, Lydia’s feelings about her old town begin to change when she meets her brother’s best friend, Callum. Callum is kind and more accepting than she could have ever imagined and she’s falling for him.
When her 180 days are over, will she be able to say goodbye to the family she’s missed so much? Will she survive her mother’s endless intolerance? Can she really leave the man who acknowledges her past and still wants her?
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a story about a transgender girl and her journey to acceptance and love when she returns to her hometown. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced to characters who color outside the lines and that's just how they like it. I implore you to give them a chance because we are all beautiful and unique in our own ways, and we all deserve love and happiness.
I've read other stories by the author before, so I knew she was good at telling a captivating story. But I didn't expect was how much I would become caught up in this one. I had to fight myself to put it down when I had to function in the real world. Apparently feeding children is more important than continuing reading, even if it is all the dramas.
The way the author handled this story, I was impressed. I didn't feel she was trying too hard or that she was trying to tell a story that she had no experience about. There's many times where I've read a LGBT story that had a good concept, but was nothing more than a bunch of stereotypes thrown together in 200 pages. This was not like this. She did what all those that failed couldn't do, she made them into people.
Throughout the story I feel in love with her characters, and I hope she decides to make this a series of one-shots. Although there's a lot of laughter and romance, there's also heartbreak and tears. There's still many people who have failed to acknowledge the T part of LGBT, and I am so pleased that this author took it upon herself to write a story and show that transgenders are people. They deserve the same love and respect as the rest of us.
I absolutely adored this story. It was worth the wait, and it more than met my expectations.