Friday, 19 December 2014

***Review - Chasing The Tide by A. Meredith Walters - Reclaiming The Sand #2 - 4 Stars***

Chasing The Tide by A. Meredith Walters
Reclaiming The Sand #2


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071] ***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come 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.      

My Review
4 Beautiful Stars

Chasing the Tide is book #2 in the Reclaiming the Sand Series by A.Meredith Walters, I’m a massive fan of this author and have read alot of her books. So I was super excited to be gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED Reclaiming the Sand here’s a link to my review, because I loved the first book so much I was really pleased that Flynn and Ellie’s story would carry on. But truthfully I really wasn’t sure what else there was left to say.

This was one of those books that you want to be really good but you’re not sure if it will be. I really worried that I would hate it and that it would ruin the original book which was brilliant because it was so unique.

Somehow A. Meredith Walters has managed to pull it off!!

Chasing the Tide picks up once Ellie has graduated from College three years after the end of the first book. Reclaiming the Sand ends fairly ambiguously because although we assume Flynn and Ellie ultimately have a HEA together we never really know.

Well now we do because that’s what Chasing the Tide is about.

The majority of the book is told from Ellie’s POV but personally I found the chapters in Flynn’s POV the most poignant, his outlook is so simplified and at times childlike that he takes difficult life decisions and relationships down to their most basic forms.

He loves Ellie; he wants to be with Ellie in their home in Wellston for him it’s as simple as that.

Wouldn’t the world be a much easier place if we all disregarded all of the bullshit and just took every decision for is bare bones... will this make me happy???

Ellie makes me sad, the poor girl has not had an easy life and to be honest I would say that she has the most issues out of her and Flynn. I can’t decide if I like her or not, she’s not the nicest of people but I think that’s what makes her so interesting. She has made stupid, horrible decisions but she’s trying to move forward with her life. Like her or not you have to commend her character.

I really liked the flash backs, I think they helped to add a depth to the characters, but at times I did feel like they rehashed old ground that was covered in the first book.

I enjoyed Chasing the Tide, this author is never afraid to deal with the harsher side of life and I’m always intrigued at the spectrum of characters that she makes intriguing and relatable. In other books they would have been overlooked or written off. Personally I didn’t like this book as much as Reclaiming the Sand, but I’m so glad that this gave Flynn and Ellie closure.

Chasing the Tide gets 4 stars from me.

From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.


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.

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.