Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MASSIVE GIVEAWAY! Did you get your copy of M. Leighton's Pocketful of Sand?


“She’s beauty for my ashes. And I’m hope for her heartache.”—Cole Danzer

I don’t 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 don’t know. I don’t 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 other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine…ours is the greatest of them all.

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

My 4.5 star review for Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton
Eden and her daughter Emmy just moved to Miller’s Pond, Maine. Looking forward to a fresh start and a safe place to live. The thing is, you can never really run away from a nightmare.  To be safe, Eden homeschools her daughter. She has learned the only people you can trust is yourself.
While taking a walk on the beach, her daughter sees a man building a sandcastle. It is that moment that changes their lives forever.
Like Eden, Cole is broken. He lives in a constant state of guilt and misery. The minute he sees Eden and Emma, his life becomes clear. He can see a future for the first time in years. Although he has sworn to never be happy or to love again, Eden and Emmy have made their way into his heart and he just can’t get them out of his head.
After a few encounters and a steaming hot kiss, Eden is hopeful for a future with Cole. It is the first time in years she has felt safe. When their pasts are shared and they have a better understanding of each other things seem to go well.
When Cole’s past catches up with him, it crushes Eden and completely collapses the foundation they started to build with each other. The thing is, keeping her distance could be the biggest mistake of her and her daughter’s life.

My Thoughts:
Eden and Emmy have a horrific past. Eden has done her best to provide for Emmy and give her a normal life. One that consists of routine, familiarity and love. Emmy is very shy and doesn’t take well to strangers. When they meet Cole, there is something about him that draws them to him. Emmy isn’t as shy around him. Although the town speaks poorly of Cole, Eden can’t seem to get him off her mind, regardless of what the town’s people say about him, she is intrigued. She can see the battle he fights within himself in his eyes, she knows he is broken and that is something they have in common.
Cole had the life that people dream of. He was a professional football player who lost his daughter in a tragic accident. Since then, he has become the town’s local crazy. When he meets Eden, things change for him. He battles himself and his guilt for finding happiness with Eden and Emmy. When things get intense, he ends up pulling away and then realizes his mistake.
You know that saying, people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime? Well let’s just say this is a lifetime kind of thing.
M. Leighton never ceases to amaze me with her fantastic characters. They way she is able to capture the emotions. I was happy, sad, crushed, scared. The chemistry between Cole and Eden is like the perfect storm; at first it is calm, then it is out of control and destructive and then in the aftermath, you have a new start. Sometimes it takes two broken hearts to put the pieces back together again and when that happens, it is the most beautiful thing.

The ending of this book is unique. Kinda of like that choice that Alice in Wonderland was given… Eat Me/Drink Me… Go this way or go that way. You, the reader have that choice to make. I won’t say what choice I made but I will say that this book AMAZED ME. So heartbreakingly beautiful.



M. Leighton bio and links:

New 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.


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