A.M Johnson captured me with the Avenues Ink series. The stories of the O’Connell brothers and their path to life, love, and happiness warmed my heart and soul on more than a good plot level. A.M. Johnson captured the themes of each brother from mental illness in Possession to turning a cheek to the cloth in Poet, and in the middle, she squeezes in a little fairy tale of sorts with Kingdom.
However, in Let There be Light, Johnson tackles a coming of age and sexual orientation plot which brings with it a plethora of deeper thematic ideas. Royal is one of the off to college teens in the O’Connell bloodline. His parents share the love of a lifetime, and his twin sister is his closest confidant. He craves the love he’s grown up surrounded by in his parents and aunts and uncles, but nothing has come across his path to warrant a declaration of love and commitment as he heads off to college.
He’s dated one girl, but they were good friends. The connection was sweet but not everlasting. Leave it to fate when Royal finds the one. The one who makes his heart beat in a way which opens his world to a new set of notes; a color spread which brightens his world. While he was brought up to believe love is love, the world is not as open minded as the arms which welcome him in and make his life whole.
Johnson tackles the elephant in the room and slays the beast when she pens the words behind the story of Royal and Camden. She nailed the stigmas, the societal norms, the judgements, the self-analysis, and more when she danced across each word, each note, and each beat of the best love story of the year thus far. This is the one that captured my soul as a lover, a mother, and a believer that love is the light that guides us all in the end.
𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄
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Hɪs ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʀʜʏᴛʜᴍ. Hᴀʀᴅ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅʀɪᴠᴇ ᴋᴇᴘᴛ Rᴏʏᴀʟ O’Cᴏɴɴᴇʟʟ ᴏɴᴇ sᴛᴇᴘ ᴀʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴏғ ʜɪs ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴ. Hɪs sᴘᴏᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴡɪᴍ ᴛᴇᴀᴍ, ᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ ʜɪs sᴄʜᴏʟᴀʀsʜɪᴘ, ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴘʟᴀɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴛᴛᴇʀᴇᴅ.
Hɪs ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴇʙᴏɴʏ ᴀɴᴅ ɪᴠᴏʀʏ. Nᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟ ᴛᴀʟᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴍʙɪᴛɪᴏɴ sᴇᴛ Cᴀᴍᴅᴇɴ Mᴏʀɢᴀɴ ᴀᴘᴀʀᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴍᴜsɪᴄ ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀs. Hɪs ᴅᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ sᴄᴏʀɪɴɢ ʜɪᴍ ᴀ ғᴜʟʟ ʀɪᴅᴇ.
Nᴏʀᴍᴀʟʟʏ, ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴘᴀᴛʜs ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴄʀᴏssᴇᴅ…. Bᴜᴛ ᴡʜᴇɴ Rᴏʏᴀʟ ᴍᴇᴇᴛs ʜɪs ʙᴇsᴛ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ’s ɴᴇᴡ ʀᴏᴏᴍᴍᴀᴛᴇ, ʜɪs ʙɪɢ ᴘʟᴀɴ ᴀɴᴅ Cᴀᴍᴅᴇɴ’s ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟʟᴇᴅ ᴇɴᴠɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛ ғᴀᴄᴇs ᴀ ᴠᴀʀɪᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏ ɪᴛ ᴀʟʟ.
Tʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʟɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ʜᴀᴅ ɴᴏ ʀᴏᴏᴍ ғᴏʀ ᴇʀʀᴏʀ. Tʜᴀᴛ ᴜɴᴅᴇɴɪᴀʙʟᴇ ᴘᴜʟʟ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴡᴀs ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ’ᴠᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴘᴀʀᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴏɪᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ’ᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ.
Lᴏᴠᴇ ɪsɴ’ᴛ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴀɴ ᴇᴀsʏ ʀᴏᴀᴅ ᴀɴᴅ, ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇʏ’ᴠᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴋᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ɪs ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪɴᴇ, ᴛʜᴇʏ’ʟʟ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇ ɪғ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ɪs ᴡᴏʀᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪsᴋ.
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