Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts: Book Two) by Ada Maria Soto – The Delicate Art of the Romantic Gesture

August 26, 2015


hannible flower crown

For lasts Mothers’ Day my partner gave me Hannibal season 1 and 2 on blu-ray. Mothers’ Day before that is was South Park: The Stick of Truth. (My birthday present was tickets to see Book of Mormon.) Why do these count as appropriate Mothers’ Day gifts? Because my partner knows me. He knows what will make me smile and what will make me laugh, not just in terms of the gift but because they were Mothers’ Day gift. The tag attached to Hannibal even read ‘A totally appropriate Mothers’ Day gift’.  I take it as a sign of his love for me.

It wasn’t always like this. We’d only been together a few months when our first Christmas rolled around. I’m sure we scratched our heads and did our best. I know for a fact he’s never used what I gave him that first Christmas because I packed it when we moved two years ago and it’s sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard.

We’ve gotten better though. I know I can make my banana bread for just about any special occasion and he’ll be perfectly happy. (I’ve been forbidden from making it on non-special occasions because he will eat an entire loaf of it.) And he knows that I like nerdy stuff with directors commentaries and hours of behind the scene footage. I’ve probably listened to every second of Lord of the Rings commentary twice.

What does this have to do with Bowerbirds? It goes back to those awkward not quite right early gifts. James and Gabe have some disagreements over what is a romantic gesture and what is stepping over lines forcing them to have better ideas about where their boundaries are.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten, romantic or otherwise? What’s the worst or weirdest? Answer and be in to win a copy of Bowerbirds.


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6 Responses to “Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts: Book Two) by Ada Maria Soto – The Delicate Art of the Romantic Gesture”

  1. Trix says:

    Best is a tie between the Gibson Epiphone guitar I got for my 18th birthday and the San Jose Sharks Scott Hannan jersey I got for Christmas 2006. Worst was a tie between a hockey-song CD with the Anaheim Ducks on the cover (very upsetting to a Sharks fan!) and a weird cheesecakey calendar of the Ditty Bops (I would have liked their music, but seeing them scantily clad in homemade bikinis made of plastic bags was just strange).

  2. adamariasoto says:

    As a Sharks fan I feel your pain, especially concerning the Ducks. The Gibson sounds awesome though.

  3. Amy Kathryn says:

    I think the best and worse gift was a vacuum cleaner for christmas when I was 22. I graduated to mature, responsible gifts but I missed the silly! Now it is swinging back towards the silly and I love it.

  4. adamariasoto says:

    Silly is always good. I mean yes a vacuum cleaner is useful and the better ones can be expensive but yes, let’s hear it for silly.

  5. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new book release! I think the best gift I ever got was my computer which my brother put together.

  6. A computer is a pretty awesome gift.

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