Sunday, March 15, 2015

Release day launch & 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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“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.

What I thought about Pocketful of Sand 
This is a story about broken people and how they attempt to pull themselves out of their nightmares to rejoin the living. When Eden and Emmy escape to their little beach cottage and meet a man making a sand castle on the beach, there's a connection so immediate and so strong between the three of them that it can only be destiny that brought them together. 
Cole Danzer lives in a private prison of his own making and wears his sorrow like a shroud. But when he meets Eden, there's something about her that compels him to escape from his own shackles. It isn't easy for him but he can't resist Eden.
I don't think I can say much more than that without spoiling this story. And while their storyline is a familiar one, it is M. Leighton's writing that just makes this a five star read. It's all about the emotions, the feelings between and inside the characters. In Pocketful of Sand, those emotions ooze out from each sentence and that's what I loved about this story. M. Leighton has a distinctive voice to her writing that makes all of this emotional content just perfect.
Pocketful of Sand is a roller coaster ride of sadness and hope, tragedy and fear that plays out in the lives of both main characters. When they meet, I couldn't help but want them to find each other. The story moves quickly to an ending that was both surprising and creative. I just loved how the author addressed where the story ended.  And yes, I want more!

Pocketful of Sand was one of those books that I found myself hitting the final pages much too soon. Recommended. 

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 About the Author


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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