Blog Tour: A. Meredith Walters "Chasing the Tide."
The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to move on from a past that has come to define you.
Bully and Victim
Friend and Lover
Past and Future
Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.
And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.
Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.
But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.
Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.
Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.
Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.
Review: Surj Harvey
The first book in this series entitled "Reclaiming the Sand" completely blew me away. It was unlike anything I'd ever read before and by the time I'd finished reading Ellie and Flynn's story, I was a blubbering, emotional mess. This was a book that was beautiful yet soul destroying and it was difficult not to be affected by what I had read. And that ending... it broke me... leaving me shattered yet in the same breath, I felt that it was (in some way) perfect for the characters I'd grown to know and love. So when A Meredith Walters announced she would be writing the next chapter in this couple's story, I jumped for joy because a small part of me hoped that maybe, just maybe I'd get that perfect HEA Flynn and Ellie truly deserved. Well who was I kidding, this author got me again. As I began reading "Chasing the Tide," a nervousness settling in the pit of my stomach and a lump formed in my throat, my gut telling me this was not going to be the "walk in the park" read I had prayed for. Nope, not a cat's chance in hell.
We were a story of contradictions.
I wanted something more and Flynn wanted exactly what he had.
In "Reclaiming the Sand," I saw Flynn and Ellie really grow in terms of their characters and in "Chasing the Tide," that development continued. I saw Ellie and Flynn compromise for the greater good, make sacrifices in the name of love, face their fears and finally come to terms with their demons. Unfortunately as wonderful as all of this sounds, their journey continued to be marred with pain, sadness and heart ache, as each of them tried desperately to resolve issues and find common ground. The problem was, Ellie and Flynn had each changed so much over the years and their wants, needs, hopes and dreams couldn't have been more different now. It wouldn't be easy, I knew that yet at times I still found myself getting angry and frustrated. It took taking a step back, putting myself in Ellie and Flynn's shoes and getting into their mind set to fully understand them... but then I was always left with this searing pain in my chest, my heart and head in a fierce battle as to whether they truly belonged together... I mean was love enough to see them through? Could love really conquer all? I wasn't so sure.
Flynn continued to wrap himself around my heart. I loved his open, honest and blunt behaviour... lol and as much as I hurt for him at times, he also provided me with some much needed humour. Above all else though, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride for this man. I mean, I never thought I'd see the day when Flynn would have a job doing what he loved: sculpting. But here he was, a college professor. Of course it wasn't easy and each day he stood in front of a class full of kids was a struggle but he had pushed passed his issues to do this. I loved that Flynn was learning to overcome his fears, that he was learning to be more sociable, that he was really pushing his boundaries. He was trying and that was all anyone could ask for.
And Ellie was a graduate. Who'd have thought the rebellious bully who was so angry at the world would end up going to college, working her ass off and come out with a degree? Not me that's for sure but Ellie's story hadn't been an easy one to read and in "Chasing the Tide," my heart broke once again for this woman. I saw her go from bully (which had been her main trait in book one) to victim and chapters told from her past really helped me to understand how much the system had failed this girl. I cried for the five year old who had been abandoned and for the teenager who suffered at the hands of foster carer after foster carer. But ultimately, my heart swelled with the knowledge that she had turned her life around because of the unlikely friendship she had formed with a beautiful boy.
The streets were paved with my pain and regret. But it was here among the ugly reality that
I had inexplicably found my heart. My soul. My everything. Maybe that would be enough.
He was banana bread and holding hands. He was soft smiles and warm touches. He was
whispered words and solemn declarations. He was love. He was home. He was forever.
I felt as though Flynn and I were forever chasing the tide. Hoping that just this once,
we'd be able to catch it. That we could hold it in our hands and breathe a
sigh of relief because all the battles, all the wars were over
If you loved "Reclaiming the Sand," you will absolutely love this conclusion to Ellie and flynn's story. A Meredith Walters yet again put me on the mother of emotional roller coasters but I wouldn't have changed it for the world. Her writing captivated me and the story line (as gutting as it was at times) had me hooked. I've loved being a part of Ellie and Flynn's journey and all I'll say about the ending is that it was perfect for the individuals they were and the bond they shared.
I rated "Chasing the Tide" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
About The Author:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.