Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: When We Collide

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

Published: November 2nd 2012 
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
*E-copy provided by the blog tour host for review*

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.
Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.
When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again. 
In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have. 
Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

Our thoughts....

“Because it shouldn't hurt to be touched.”

I can't tell you how much I love this book. When We Collide is a beautiful story, full of love, pain, hope and abuse. The characters take you with them in their heartbreaking journey, and I felt so connected to them. I must warn you though, get your tissues ready this is worst than a Disney movie in the tears scale. 

It catches you from page one, as if that dedication doesn't pick your interest, the book opens with William's nightmare, a glimpse to his painful past and a pick at a present day he hates. 

Maggie has live her entire life in an abusive home, changing her father's fist for someone much worst. But that's all she's known... all that was ever told was how little she was worth, and that leaves marks that you can't erase. She's broken, scared and in many ways fragile, but at the same she's strong and she's one of the most selfless and loving people and all her life, she's tried to protect others from it.

William comes from a completely different place. He has the happy, loving family. His mother taught him to face his problems, his father that you protect the ones you love. And he tries, he tries so hard you just want everything to be perfect again. Reading from his POV as William watches the girl he loves suffer so much and seeing she doesn't want to be save broke my heart. 
But reading Maggie's while she dealt with the abuse was heart wrenching. Is easy to judge from the outside, and many do, but reading it from a 1st POV like that really puts things into perspective. 

The book is about decisions and mistakes. Both, William and Maggie, make the wrong choices to protect themselves, the other and in the name of best intentions. And they had to live with those mistakes for six years, facing endless what if, dreams of a better life and the ugly consequences of what they did, but when Will returns home for good all the reasons rush back and this time they can't escape so easy.

The end of the book put me on edge. Collisions aren't a pretty thing and this one wasn't an exception, but all the tension and tears were so worth it. When We Collide is an excellent book that delivers emotions (good and bad) in each and every page. And the Epilogue... perfect. 

I'm really looking forward to read more about A.L. Jackson :)

About A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 

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