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Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding - Marie Sexton I'm not a kid person at all, so the reason I even gave this book a chance was because, truth be told, I wasn't ready to let Cole and Jon go after having read Strawberries for Dessert. I needn't have worried. I loved this.

"There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope." ~Baruch Spinoza

Part One – This was painful to read, because Cole is depressed and not quite being himself. His wish for a child and the adoption process is wearing him down.

I have so much to give, Jared. Not only money or things, but love. I have so much love in my heart, and not enough people to share it with.

The way Jon handles him and the patience he has is amazing, though. Then there was the whole debacle of having Cole's bitch of a mom over. Fail of epic proportions.

Part Two – This was... erm... uncomfortable to read. It's written from George's–Jon's father–POV, and he gets it on with Cole's mother, Grace. So, ew.

Part Three – This one's heavy on the hope and fear theme. Lovely, really. Especially the 69, if you know what I mean... ;-) And that heart-warming moment when George tells Cole he's going to be an incredible father...

"You'll be fine, son. Don't you worry. You don't need to redo the nursery. You don't need another goddamn toy. And you don't need the wipe-warmer. You have everything you need right here."

I couldn't have cared less about Grace reconciling with her son after being such a bitch, but at least she apologized, I guess. And the whole baby delivery scene at the end made me gag. But then Cole's happiness made it worth it.

The way he gazed at her took my breath away.

And last, but not least, this book made me crave bread pudding. *drool*