Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Review: Reclaiming the Sand

Title Reclaiming the Sand

Author A. Meredith Walters

Release Date March 17, 2014

Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

Reclaiming the Sand is a wonderfully beautiful book. It's the type of book that will stick with you long after you've read it. It's sweet, touching, heartbreaking, and absolutely perfect.

Told from the perspectives of Ellie and Flynn, the story gripped my heart from the very beginning. Ellie was right. At times, I hated her. I absolutely hated her and how she handled her life. Of course, I held out hope for her. In my heart, I truly felt Ellie wanted nothing more than to be better than what she had been (not just for Flynn, but for herself as well). And she was right again when she said I'd love Flynn. I did, oh so much. Of course, he's not your typical "book boyfriend." He's different. He has Asperger's (a form of Autism). None of that mattered, though.  He has honest (to a fault), he was sweet, and he was innocence.  I fell in love with Flynn.

Ellie and Flynn's story was unlike anything that I've read. It was unconventional, full of trials that most people never have to deal with, and full of a love that most of the world longs to experience but won't. The author writes their story with a beauty that most (let's be honest, all) romance novels should be jealous of. Even though you'll likely hate Ellie at times and become frustrated with Flynn, their story will penetrate your soul and stay with you long after you've read it.

Reclaiming the Sand is my favorite book (so far) of the year.


5 out of 5 stars

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