Sunday, March 15, 2015

Release Day Review: Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton

Title: Pocketful of Sand
Author: M. Leighton
Release Date: March 15, 2015
Purchase: Amazon  | B&N

“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.


Pocketful of Sand has a remarkable and beautiful synopsis; it draws you in, charms you, and gives absolutely nothing away – which is why I’m keeping this review short and completely spoiler-free. I went into this story not knowing what I would find on the pages other than the stunning writing I’ve come to expect from this author, and I think this is the kind of story that is best revealed to the reader one page at a time.

I appreciated the maturity of the characters and that they both had such emotional stories to tell. I easily related to Eden’s love for Emmy, whose voice is written so perfectly and flawlessly – readers will fall in love with her immediately. Their past is unimaginable; and combined with what the mysterious Cole has lost and suffered through, all you want is for these characters to find happiness. 

Ms. Leighton does something very unique in this story, and it’s extremely clever. I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me when I say it is huge! 

Pocketful of Sand is beautifully tragic, with a captivating beginning, a heartbreaking middle, and an ending that is perfect for every reader. 

“She’s beauty for my ashes. And I’m hope for her heartache.”

Pocketful of Sand

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  1. Happy that I found your blog! Really like it!
    It’s so beautiful!

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  2. This review is perfect and that last paragraph is extra perfect. Gahh wifey this book!!!! So much love!!!

  3. The premise sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  4. I've been hearing so many wonderful things about this book so I know I must read it when I can! Leighton is an amazing author! :D

    Lovely review *hugs*


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