Sunday, March 15, 2015

Release Launch: Christie's review: Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton

Pocketful of Sand M. Leighton

A story of heartbreak, loss, redemption and second chances: Pocketful of Sand from New York Times bestselling author M. Leighton
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ìSheís beauty for my ashes. And Iím hope for her heartache.îóCole Danzer

Pocketful-of-Sand250I donít know what makes a great love story. Is it that instant attraction when boy meets girl? The passionate kisses and the fairy-tale ending? Or is it a lifetime of tragedy, paid in advance, for a few stolen moments of pure bliss? The pain and the suffering that, in the end, you can say are worth it for having found the missing piece of your soul?

The answer is: I donít know. I donít know what makes a great love story. I only know what makes my love story. I only know that finding Cole when I did, when Emmy and I were running from a nightmare, was the only thing that saved me. That saved us. He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each otherís shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mineÖours is the greatest of them all.

Contains material that some may find disturbing. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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mleightonNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

Going into this book, I wasn't too sure what the story was going to be about besides the fact that both main characters were dealing with troubled pasts. The synopsis doesn't tell you much more than that and I was pretty curious to see how it would play out. Although, I figured it was a safe bet to say that this book would be an emotional and possibly angst-filled read and that's just what I was in the mood for. I'll tell you straight away, this book is most definitely filled with emotion and heart, though at times it did drag a little slow in the middle for me. I fought the urge to skim in parts, but not necessarily because of any issues.

The basic plot is just something I've read many times over-two broken people finding each other and helping one another heal.

The heroine is in hiding with her daughter and the hero has become somewhat of a recluse, imprisoning himself in a painful past that he doesn't want to forgive himself for. I was kind of expecting something shocking, possibly a twist, and that's what kept me reading steadily until the very end despite my attention wanting to wander.

My anxiety level did shoot up early on-I had an ominous feeling about the ending and it wouldn't stop niggling me no matter how I tried to ignore it. Notice I left off the HEA and Cliffhanger stats? That's not an accident. Because the ending isn't easily explained. It's not clearcut and simple. I'm not giving any spoilers, but I will say that the author's choice for the ending is unorthodox and raised my rating for her creativity. And that's all I'm gonna say about that. You have to find out for yourself, it's meant to be experienced and unspoiled.

Cole and Eden meet while she's walking with her young daughter. Cole is building a sandcastle on a lonely stretch of beach and when he turns around and looks into her eyes, they both have an immediate deep visceral and unexplained reaction to each other. It's unsettling, heart pumping, and tense all at the same time. These two had some potent moments-no words needed.

I welcome it, welcome him. I'm not even going to deny it. I crave him like I crave sunshine and air and water and love. His scent, his taste, they weave a sensual spell around me, flooding my blood with heat and need.

Maybe it was each of them sensing a twin soul in each other's eyes, but every time they got in the same room together the tension that crackled between them was tangible.

Their painful pasts are revealed and as they slowly reach out to each other. They're both victims of extreme tragic pasts, they had quite an impact on me and I've read quite a few sob stories over the years reading romance. I hurt for both of them which made the uncertain ending even more nerve-wracking. While I wouldn't say I loved these characters, I did like them. I rooted for them, and wanted to see them find their brighter futures together. M. Leighton has given us an emotionally driven story written in a vivid and stirring way that touches on the resiliency of the human spirit and the restorative powers of love. Overall, I enjoyed it, especially spin she put on the end. I would definitely read more from this author in the future.


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