Saturday, March 14, 2015

Release Day Blitz: 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 donĂ­t 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.

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

"We'd stay on the beach for hours building sandcastles. She loved it. And before we left, she'd stuff sand in my pocket. Every time. She said it was so we could take some of the happy with us."

Eden  and her daughter, Emily,  are walking along the beach when they spot a man building a beautiful sand castle. He is so intent on his work he doesn't seem to realize they are behind him. But then he looks up and makes eye contact and Eden feels a connection to this gorgeous stranger. He looks almost annoyed, but his eyes fall on her daughter and it seems to shake him up. He hands her a clump of daisies he had buried in the sand in front of the castle. She takes it and he turns away to work in the sand.

Who the hell was that? I think, wondering why I feel like I just got sucker punched in the gut. I resist the urge to turn and watch her walk away. Or go after her.

Eden has moved to Miller's Pond, Maine and is renting a cottage. She wants a place she can call safe. Obviously she is on the run from something or someone. Her daughter is a little different. She rarely talks and seems quite introverted. Eden is constantly afraid of what her life would be like without her.

"I would rather spend my life on the run for killing you than give you five minutes with my daughter." 

When she spots the same guy from the beach working on one of the cottages next door, she can't help but check him out for her daily eye feast. She learns he isn't just a handyman but owns the complex. His name is Cole Danzer - the gossips quickly fill her in-he was a big time football player whose daughter, Charity died. He's considered to be crazy and is often spotted talking to his daughter. Eden is intrigued.

As her landlord, Eden has a few encounters with him, and it's clear that the attraction is mutual. He seems to be a tortured soul, closing himself off from outsiders. Eden has her own secrets and demons to contend with as well. But the two slowly begin to spend time together, and Eden thinks maybe they could have a relationship.

"I love that, even though you're a good mother and a lady right down to the way that you fold your napkin in your lap, you took a naughty tour of my house and said 'cock' in the guest bath. You realize that officially makes you every man's dream woman, right?"

But Cole's past and his unresolved issues reappear and the shaky ground that is the foundation of the relationship collapses.

Sometimes life places the people we need in our lives at the right moments, usually when we least expect them. But we must be open to those opportunities. Will they let themselves feel again? Or will they let their fears rule their lives?  Can Cole let the memory of his daughter become one that brings comfort or will he forever be doomed by his guilt to live in the past?

"I'll always be with you, Daddy. You don't have to look for me anymore. And you don't have to be sorry. I promise."

 Is there an HEA or is it a cliffy? This book has a unique touch at the end, and one I've rarely seen. I don't want to spoiler it, so you will have to read it and find out for yourself!
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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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