What’s up, lovelies ❤ Do you know what comes out today? DO YOU? DO YOUUU? Pocketful of Sand is finally out today and YOU can read it, like NOW! WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR? Also, go wish M. Leighton a happy book birthday on Twitter because WHY THE HELL NOT?!
“She is 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.
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.
I wasn’t too sure about reading Pocketful of Sand. It sounded like any other contemporary New Adult, but also not. It looked like just another book with a pretty cover, but not quite. Something about the synopsis called to me, and I answered.
And I definitely, definitely am damn glad that I did.
Pocketful of Sand begins with Eden Taylor, who has just moved to Millers Pond, Maine, with her daughter Emmy. Both have gone through a series of disturbing events, and moving away from their past in order to start afresh was the best thing to do.
One day, both mother and daughter spot Cole Danzer on the beach, busy building a sand castle. The handsome local recluse notices the duo, frowns and goes back to his work. There begins a story of love, life and moving on.
The book is in a multiple POV, but not really, because there isn’t too much of Cole’s POV that we get to read. And that worked out just perfectly for me because I fell in love with Eden’s voice in an instant. She was a smart, sensitive woman, whose love for her daughter was not only humbling, but also awe-worthy. And then there was Emmy herself, who while being highly intelligent for her age was also scared and unsure of anything. Understandable, considering the trauma she’d been though, but that didn’t stop her from being my favorite character in the novel ❤
The best thing about this book is the way the characters healed from their past. In their own way, each person of the trio needed each other, and they found a way to stay in each other’s lives without wrecking their own. Sure there was some drama and a lot of tears and sometimes I didn’t appreciate it. But in the end, the entire point of the book was to show that people could grow and heal and learn to love again.
I’ve fallen for M. Leighton’s writing so hard, so fast, it’s not even funny. From her descriptions of what Eden sees to the things Cole makes her feel…everything, just everything was perfect. Pocketful of Sand deals with a lot of issues that are hard to read about, terrible to imagine, but the author has managed to make the reader feel what the characters are feeling.
If you can read certain scenes that are triggers and find that mild angst and romance is your thing, Pocketful of Sand is definitely for you!
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.