Published: 16th May 2014
For twenty three year old Katrina Smith, the events of one day irrevocably changed her life. Life in Christchurch, New Zealand, couldn’t have been better. She was in love with a wonderful man, had a job she enjoyed, and had her life mapped out before her…
What dawned as a typical summer’s day, changed into a day of devastation and overwhelming loss. An insidious danger lay beneath the benign land surface, seismic tension, like a ticking time-bomb, was counting down to a catastrophe. And Kate and her boyfriend, Daniel, were in its path. It took mere seconds for the world to be ripped out from under her. Suddenly, Kate was deluged by a vortex of Post Traumatic Stress, guilt and crippling anguish.
Dominic Dell’Antonio, an American Marine working in New Zealand, was a man hiding from his own demons which lurked behind depthless blue eyes that read so much, yet yielded so little. He kept himself aloof and isolated. Nightmares regularly plagued him. As Kate slipped under a suffocating wave of heartache, she blocks out the world behind self imposed walls, drowning in the torrents of grief. Quiet, yet commanding, Dominic connects with Kate on some inexplicably deeper level. He wants to protect her. He wants to make her his.
Two damaged and guarded souls drawn together through tragic circumstances. Two lonely hearts drawn to one another to find comfort.
I’m pleased that today is my stop of Leanne’s tour. Thank you to IndieSage PR for not only setting it up, but for kindly allowing me to review. This is Leanne’s debut novel and despite me confirming on my contact page that I’m not working with any new self published authors, this one could not be missed.
Within two minutes, your life can change. Leanne has taken a heartbreaking true event, added fictional characters and transformed it into a spectacularly powerful narrative. Kate and Danny have been together for five years when the earthquake strikes.
Leanne’s solid tone of voice, spectacular descriptions and whirlwind of emotions allow the readers to be with Kate through every single page. My favourite line of the entire book was exceptionally beautiful and spoke many volumes: He pushed you out of harm’s way.
I started this book at two in the afternoon and by eleven that same evening, I had finished the book. I couldn’t press the next page button on my Kindle quick enough. It was unbelievably captivating and a book that a lot of bloggers would absolutely love and enjoy. The only tiny issue I had was that the dialogue could have had a couple of tweaks to be improved. Sometimes, things were over explained and that could have been left for the reader to do.
Other than that, it was a brilliantly powerful debut.