Trash Can Terry

Romance - General
298 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2024
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Trash Can Terry by Ian Griffin is a captivating romance set in the late 80s and early 90s. This book offers an intriguing exploration of love, compassion, and perseverance against the backdrop of a close-knit community. Follow the journey of Lucas and Autumn as their romance blossoms against the backdrop of a small town. Unexpectedly, they find guidance and wisdom in Trash Can Terry, a local homeless man whose friendship and wisdom inspire them. As their love deepens, they face unforeseen tragedies that test the strength of their relationship. Can they find the energy, understanding, and guidance to overcome the challenges without falling apart? And can Terry Timmons’ presence provide the light they desperately need?

The first thing that caught my attention as I read was the author’s ingenuity in building complex and lovable characters. While the story revolves around the romance between Autumn and Lucas, Terry's character had me turning the pages. He is a homeless man whose experience of Vietnam has been one of bravery but who suffered debilitating heartbreak upon his return home. The prose is fluid, and the author offers a vivid portrait of life in a small town, writing beautiful details about the locales and captivating the reader's senses with the descriptive narrative. The relationship between the young couple and Terry is built on genuine empathy and is enlivening. Through their interactions with Terry, Lucas and Autumn learn valuable lessons about kindness, friendship, and the power of human connection. Ian Griffin skillfully intertwines the lives of these three characters, portraying their growth and development with authenticity and depth. Each scene is emotionally rich from Lucas's initial encounter with Terry at the gas station to their shared intimacy and vulnerability. Whether it is about the relationship between Lucas and Autumn or their search to learn more about their friend, Trash Can Terry is filled with detailed realism.