New Release: Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton. #review #giveaway


It’s release day for Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton!!

I cannot tell you guys how much I love this book!! I tried, you can check out my review below, but there are no words to describe it’s awesomeness. This is definitely one to add to the top of your TBR list.

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a signed copy of Pocketful of Sand!!



24875354“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.

Contains material that some may find disturbing. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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My thoughts:

5 amazing, sometimes tearful stars!!

The only thing the author could have done to enhance the experience of reading this would have been to include a box of tissues with each purchase. Michelle, you need to get on that!! 😉 I swear I went through a whole box while reading it, and thinking about writing this has me started on another!!

I’m just going to give you 3 reasons why you should read Pocketful of Sand:

Reason 1: Cole, Eden, and Emmy.

Cole: Yes, he’s hot, ripped, dreamy…you get the point!! After all, this IS a M. Leighton book we’re talking about, so you expect nothing less. BUT, he’s also SO much more!! He’s sweet, kind, lost, and tortured. You want to take him home and make everything better. From the towns misconception of him, to his nightmare that he’s constantly reliving, he definitely pulls at the heart strings!!

Eden and Emmy: Oh my word!! Both of them are just the sweetest things ever. Running from a rough past, they both have to decide if they want to open their hearts, and their lives, to Cole or not. Their journey through this book will wrap them around your heart for good. I’m definitely looking forward to more of them!!

Reason 2: In every angst-y (is that a word??) book you read, you need someone to despise. Pocketful of Sand has a couple of options for you. I can’t remember reading a book in recent years that had such a despicable antagonist. My heart still races thinking about it!!

Reason 3: Pocketful of Sand has such a great ending (or two)!! The author was brilliant in how she did this. Remember those Encyclopedia Brown books they had, where you got to pick the ending? That’s what you get here. You hate cliffhangers?? No problem. Just follow door number one. You want more, another book to the series?? You got it!! Just follow door number two!! Me?? I’m the person who has to try REALLY hard to not read the end of the book first, so I took door number one first, then braced myself, and went through door number two!! It’s a such a brilliant concept, and one that was pulled off expertly!!

Part way through I made a note about how you experience such a variety of emotions while reading this, but like two pages later Cole summed the whole book up when he said, “I experience a collision of emotion when Emmy steps cautiously out of her mother’s arms and walks toward me.” I could NOT find any better words to describe Pocketful of Sand than “a collision of emotions”. Definitely read this, but be sure to have that box of tissues ready. You’re going to need it!!







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About M. Leighton:

1152263 (4)New 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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