Confirmed Diagnosis continues the story of the McFaddens as they continue to open their home and their hearts to teenage boys with severe disabilities, who require extensive rehabilitation.
Dr. Lauren McFadden and her husband Bryan, a physical and occupational therapist assist these young men who have nowhere else to go. Their parents either don’t want them or have passed away. Emotionally they are damaged. Often they have been abused.
I loved the emphasis on family in this book. Though none of the individuals are related, Lauren and Bryan bring them together as family and teach them what family is all about, loving them unconditionally.
I thought it was wonderful how well-adjusted each of the young people became given some of the terrible backgrounds that they had, but I also thought that it was somewhat unrealistic that they all adjusted so well.
There was an emphasis on diversity and acceptance of differences in people in Confirmed Diagnosis. This is a great reminder for all of us. No matter our disability or our sexual preference, we are people first and should be accepted.
Confirmed Diagnosis could be considered a romance, given the loving relationship between Lauren and Bryan. However, I cannot classify this novel as a clean romance due to a couple of scenes, one between Lauren and Bryan, and another scene between two individuals which are too graphic for clean romance.
Medical information and procedures were well explained and made easy to understand. Since the youth living in the home had to undergo a lot of medical treatment, it was inevitable that some of it would be described in the book. The author did an excellent job weaving it into the story making it part of the story and not just a description. I felt like I was there in the room when the procedures were taking place.
Confirmed Diagnosis was an excellent book in the literary fiction category. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyone who likes books where medical procedures or persons with disabilities are included will enjoy this book. I gave it 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
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