Book Review: Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton


“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 thatis what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine…ours is the greatest of them all.

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Have you ever read a book before that stayed with you for a while, Pocketful of Sand did for me. Not only was it beautifully written, it’s the type of story where you connect with the characters. It’s a story where your emotions are all over the place one minute your laughing, the next your crying or having a WTF moment.

The ending what can I say it was brilliant have you ever as reader wanted to choose your ending, in this book you can just do that, interesting right. You have that option, do you want it as a standalone you can have that and end the story. Do you want more to the story you have that option as well to continue the story with these characters. Choose wisely only you can decide, as for me I chose both because my curiosity got the best of me and I had to see where the story was going.

Eden and her young daughter Emmy have moved to a small town in Maine where she is renting a cottage, Eden wants to escape her nightmare of a past, she wants a better life not only for herself but her daughter also. Eden’s past haunts her every day, she knows as a mother she has to protect her daughter from it all and she will do anything and everything to make sure Emmy is safe.

While Eden and Emmy are walking the beach one day they come across a man building a sandcastle. Eden feels there’s something about this man that’s peeked her interest, not only has this beautiful mysterious man caught Eden’s attention but her daughter as well. Emmy does not take to any strangers she’s extremely shy, but something about this man is special to both of them. Who is this man that not only captivates her but her daughter to.

The mysterious man is none other than Cole Danzer the ex football player , who just so happens to own the complex where Eden is renting from. Cole is also broken he keeps to himself, closing himself off from the outside world. His past haunts him and it’s something he can never forget, he doesn’t believe he deserves any kind of happiness and therefor continues to live his life in, loneness and heartache.

As the owner Cole is always around the complex fixing things leaving it where he encounters Eden quite a bit. He’s drawn to her and her daughter, he feels an attraction to Eden and can’t seem to shake it off. He tries to stay away from them both but he just can’t there seems to be a magnetic pull, pulling him closer and the closer he gets to them the more he wants to know more about them.

“He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made it whole. “

The relationship between the two slowly starts to develop and when it does it’s captivating, not only are they broken but also running from a past they both want to forget. But can you always keep running, sometimes you just have to let someone in and learn to trust them, accept them with flaws and all. Life has a funny way sometimes it places people in your life for a reason, when you finally accept that it can be so rewarding in the end.

When the times does come for their painful past to be reveled to one another, it’s not only heartbreaking but tragic as well.

Can these beautiful broken tortured souls finally come to terms with their past and move forward in life? Will Cole, Eden, and Emmy come together and heal one another and build a life together? You’ll just have to read this beautiful story and find out for yourself.

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