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 Pocketful-of-Sand250I 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.

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Ok, so if I didn’t already love M. Leighton, I am definitely stalking a little harder from now on. This book… I am not even sure how to convey everything that is running through my head at this point. I was already in love with the story, but then somewhere around 86% in the story something so completely unexpected happened. I hadn’t had that kind of thrill since I was twelve reading a Choose Your Own Adventure story. It was the same adrenaline rush that I felt making a choice at twelve as to how I wanted the story to go. It was by far the coolest thing ever! I fan-girled a lot harder on M. Leighton at that moment. I even clapped and got all excited telling my husband about what was going on. He of course just giggled at me… but the rush of it all… it was mind-blowing.

But as I said, I was completely blown away well before I got to that part. I was addicted to this book from the very beginning, the first sand castle at the beach. I was mesmerized! But please don’t tell my neighbors who delivered an invitation to their wedding while I was reading this and I felt so completely inconvenienced because they were interrupting my time with Cole on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (now don’t get me wrong, this is a wedding I am so excited for and cannot wait to attend because they are awesome people–congratulations again Meghan and Brandon!)

So back to Cole… He was not the most popular person on the island. He was ok with that. He just wanted to be left alone. He had no right to happiness after everything that happened. He had no right to feel anything but guilt and regret. He never thought he could allow himself to feel anything other than hatred for himself. But there was something about Eden.

Eden and her daughter came here to start new. This was her chance to start over from her haunted past. She was going to make sure that Emmy never lived in fear another day in her life. She was going to make sure of that. This was her time to shine as a mom.

But from the moment they saw each other on that beach, everything was going to change. Their meeting on the beach was not planned and it was not expected and neither was the myriad of emotions that came with that chance encounter.

The darkness of the past consumes them. They have both lived their lives a certain way for very specific reasons, but can they be enough together to heal the wounds of the past or will the reality be that nothing is as it seems?

I was immediately glued to this book and not rain or shine or awesome neighbors were going to take away this moment from me. I fell in love with the town and the people and the beach and the pocketful of sand. There were so many elements in this book that just made it work so flawlessly. There was annoying people in the small town (Hello Jason!) and there were the ones who didn’t think they could ever find love (Hi Jordan!) and then there the completely broken ones who had chemistry and a connection like no others had before.

I loved the symbolic nature of the sandcastle and all it meant to Cole each time he was on that beach. Each grain of sand reminds us that we are not alone in the world, no matter how much we want to believe we are. This is a powerful story and it really stuck with me, it hit my heart and stole my breath. M. Leighton has done something so amazingly magical with this book. No matter how much heartache we feel, there may always be hope. Of course, only if that is how you want the story to end!

I cannot wait for more! This was brilliant and moving and I know that I will be telling everyone I know about this book an I am sure several people I don’t know too…

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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.


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