Sunday, 15 March 2015


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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ìSheís beauty for my ashes. And Iím hope for her heartache.îóCole Danzer


I donít 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 donít know. I donít 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 otherís shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mineÖours 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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I don't know quite where to start with this review. I'm still emotionally trying to process this amazing quirky story.

This book just had it all , its well written, the expression from the characters just pulls you into the story and into them, I really felt like a voyeur into their journey.

The story is told in dual POV but primarily from Eden's POV. Cole's voice needed to be heard in this book and I'm so glad that Michelle wrote him in this way.

Eden is a single mother, on the run from something with her shy daughter Emmy. She decides her next destination will be a small town in Maine, where she proceeds to call home for the time being.

Cole is a broken man, Shattered might be more accurate, he is dubbed "Crazy Cole" by the locals and he is living in purgatory. He feels immense guilt for the loss of his daughter and living in solitude is his penance for living when his daughter can't.

Cole's world is shaken when a chance encounter with Emmy and later Eden evokes feelings that haven't surfaced for years, the connection with the three was evident and really leapt from the pages, it was very overwhelming bond that was forming.

M Leighton really delivers an emotional story, its so beautifully written and as a seasoned reader I never guessed what Emmy's secret could be and I wasn't prepared at all.

All of this is what a five star read is about for me. The emotion poured from the pages, I felt both characters pain and anguish. I totally respected Eden and her choices as a mother.

Cole was the character that made the book for me, I don't think that I have ever been drawn to a male character like I was to him before. I really wanted to hug him. He is one of those characters that is hard to forget.

I could rant on forever about this book but it definitely one for a reader to discover for themselves. There are so many passages and dialogues that I would love to quote but I think the reader should experience Cole Danzer first hand.

This book comes highly recommended from me, its my fifth, five star read out of 50 something for 2015, so show this incredible book some love.

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.