Published by Self-Published on September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.
From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning Destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream.
Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.
Until that was taken from us, too.
The Beautiful Now…
The new contemporary romance from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton is LIVE!
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Q & A Review by Angie & Liezel
What do you like about the story? Dislike?
Angie: I love that it was a second chance romance and how it was told in alternative parts between past and present. I love how dedicated Brinkley is to anyone she loves even if that love may break her. I love the emotion that Michelle poured into this book. Every page you could feel them jumping out of the pages.
This is a true slow burn book and it took me awhile to get into it. Sometimes I had to push through but it was worth it by the end.
Liezel: I have to agree with Angie…It took me about thirty percent to become fully vested in Dane and Brinkley’s story. The going back and forth between the timelines was something that I struggled with in the beginning but once I acclimated I began to appreciate why it was done in such a way.
It was as if two stories were unfolding right before my eyes – the then and the now. Yes, it is a second chance romance and I would have to say it is one of the best out there today.
Do you think Dane and Brinkley were a great match?
Angie: I don’t believe in the saying “The wrong side of the tracks”. Kids are kids. No matter how rich they are or poor. Regardless of race, religion, culture, etc. Love is love. I think at the time in the past it was perfect and as they got older.. well you’ll have to read to see what happens.
Liezel: The first time Dane saves Brinkley, I knew that these two were destined to be together but they had numerous obstacles they needed to get through. It was such a rough journey for them but all the pain and sacrifice was worth it in the very end.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I knew people looked at him and saw a poor worker’s boy, not of much importance.
But deep down, where their eyes couldn’t see, he was a lot more.
Something told me he was everything.”
Liezel: I don’t have a favorite per se but I do have a favorite part – this would be the entire epilogue! I’m not going to give it away but just know all of it is unforgettably stunning. Once you get to that part you will completely understand.
What do you love about M. Leighton’s writing?
Angie: What is there not to love? She puts so much of herself in every book we read. We get glimpses of her here and there, just enough to keep us reading. We see her in her characters. In the way she writes her words. Her books show that she loves writing and that is what makes them so good.
Liezel: I’ve mentioned this in a previous review… it is always the heartfelt emotions that M. Leighton pours into every one of her stories that gets me. The honesty in her words will have you feeling basically – everything.
Would you recommend it?
Angie: Yes I would! Any fan of Michelle’s will love this book. Also, anyone who hasn’t read any books by her. The Beautiful Now pulls at every emotion your body offers and strums them along like violin not letting go until the final last word leaves the page. If you love books like that then yes you have to read it!
Liezel: Without hesitation. Yes, I do have to admit I had issues in the beginning but I am glad that I pushed through because behind this stunning cover is a just as stunning love story.
(32 YEARS OLD)
It seems like forever that he stands behind me, quiet and imposing, before I hear the soft scuff of his shoes as he turns to go. I sag against the window when the fall of his feet disappears down the stairs. I’m gripping the sill when I see Dane walk across the gravel lot and open the door of a big, shiny black truck. For just a moment before he ducks inside, he raises his head. He looks right at me, an odd expression on his face.
He stares at me for the longest time. And I stare right back. It’s almost like we’re both trying to reconcile the people we were with the people we’ve become.
Finally, he folds his long body into the driver’s seat and, seconds later, pulls away. I watch until I can no longer see his vehicle. When it’s out of sight, I crumble to the floor and sob.
The Dane James I knew and loved is gone. And so are all the irrational hopes I had. All the one-days and somedays and what-ifs I’ve nurtured for a decade and a half are gone.
Dead and gone.