Title – Pocketful of Sand
Author – M. Leighton
Publication Date – March 15, 2015
“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.
Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton is one of those books that rips your heart out but you unknowingly become okay with it making you feel all the anxiety, love, and guilt. It’s a tale of two broken people who recognize each other’s souls and somehow, begin realizing that the other is the key to healing their brokenness. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting to receive with this release, but I definitely can say that it far surpassed any hopes that I had for it.
“If I feel anything, I have to feel everything. The good and the bad. The peaceful and the painful.”
There’s an element of intrigue that keeps you guessing in the beginning, which morphs into an utter fascination with the world that Leighton creates. I physically could not put down this book. Pocketful of Sand is told from dual points of views of the main characters – Cole and Eden. Both characters have spent years running from a past they would rather forget. The difference lies in the fact that Eden has something to live for in her daughter, Emmy, while Cole has lost everything and is merely surviving. There was something about these two that I was simply drawn to. The way that the two of them fit together provided something very special for their relationship. It was almost as if they could fight it all the wanted, but the two were just meant to figure out a way. They complemented each other perfectly.
“We are two broken people, finding strength in each other’s remaining pieces.”
Ultimately, this book is one of finding your strength. It’s learning how to forgive your past, stop focusing on a future, and truly live in your present. Leighton does something pretty remarkable with the ending as well, and I haven’t come across anything like it. It’s definitely one that you’ll want to experience for yourself as a reader! Pocketful of Sand isn’t filled with angst and drama for the sake of a storyline. It describes real, raw emotions with a genuinely captivating feel. Pick this one up and carve out some time because I guarantee that you’ll be racing to the end!
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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.