When We Collide
A. L. Jackson
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From the New York Times Bestselling Author of Lost to You and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.
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.
William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before. What he never imagined is what that fight might cost him.
A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.
"There are some love stories that will take you on such intensely emotional journeys, shake you to the very core of your being, make you scream, cry, curse, throw things against walls, but also fill you with more hope than you ever thought possible – THIS is one of those books.This is the second novel by A.L. Jackson that I have read and I am ready to build this woman a shrine." Natasha is a Book Junkie
A GUT-WRENCHING EMOTIONAL RIDE!
The dedication at the beginning of the book says it all: "Because it shouldn't hurt to be touched."
"When We Collide" is a very compelling story that I just couldn't put down! The story unfolds by alternating between past and present, with the POV switching between Will and Maggie. This approach enabled me to get a good insight into their complicated situation, drawing me into their tragic love story and allowing me to feel the helplessness one suffers at the hands of abuse. Both Will and Maggie made poor decisions and many mistakes, but in the end, they found the strength to fight for what was really important--they fought for their son, for each other, and for the life they knew they deserved.
"I knew she was broken, knew no matter where she ended up in life, her past would always be there to haunt her, knew she had so much to overcome. But I also knew, underneath it all, she was strong. I saw it in her eyes and felt it in her spirit. I knew she was kind and good, knew she was beautiful. And I knew I was never going to stop loving her."
As is the case with all of A L Jackson's books, "When We Collide" is a gut-wrenching emotional ride... one you're sure to enjoy!
A.L. Jackson is one of my favorite authors. She's auto buy and auto read. This book I first bought as an audible book and listened as I was taking a vacation. I had a really difficult time enjoying that version. I didn't connect with the characters and stopped part way through because the narrator wasn't working for me.
When I stopped listening and started reading, I began to fall into the story a bit more. The angst and drama kept me interested even if at times it seemed a bit much. By the end I was in book heaven but I just didn't love the beginning. I really think it was more the narrator than the story but overall this story was good but just not my favorite from this author. At some point I'm going to do a reread and see if I can't fall in love from the beginning this time.