Series: Reclaiming the Sand #2
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.
A beautifully emotional and hopeful follow-up to Reclaiming the Sand.
A. Meredith Walters’ gift lies in her power to weave truths and honesty in the heartbreakingly beautiful. Chasing the Tide is a romantic love story about the trials a couple faces when trying to build a future after a fiery, destructive past.
The story begins with Ellie McCallum returning to the last place she ever wanted to call home, in order to be with the only person she’s ever loved, Flynn Hendrick. She just accomplished a goal she never thought possible, by getting her college degree, and she’s terrified that she’ll return to the violent, self-destructive girl she once was if she returns to the place that houses all her worst memories.
Flynn Hendrick has grown a lot too, since Ellie left him to go to college. He’s a professor at his university, and he’s still living in the town with the same people who tortured him years before. But he’s growing in confidence. Flynn is still a little bit freaky, but he’s learning what it means to live less isolated, and to let others in.
This really was the perfect continuation for anyone who fell in love with Ellie and Flynn in Reclaiming the Sand. I adored that story and the realness of each character, and A. Meredith Walters uses her stark prose, and unnerving storytelling to bring greater clarity to both Ellie and Flynn. This love story is so far from what is typical, and I adore that. Ellie is a heroine that is very hard to love, but I think in this installment, getting a closer look at her past, and the crushing events that made her the person she is allows us to be empathetic to her actions and it made me love her even more.
And Flynn…oh Flynn! I love that man! In his own way, he’s a bit of an anti-hero, but not completely since he’s so hard to define. Flynn is truth and love. He’s forgiveness and second chances. He’s understanding and loyalty. He is quite possibly the best book boyfriend I’ve ever read. His love for Ellie is unmatched, and it made me feel so hopeful, even during the scenes when I wanted to die because it hurt so good.
I will be honest and say that these books aren’t for those who can’t take pain, or read about people struggling to find their happiness. Reclaiming the Sand and Chasing the Tide both took a lot out of me, and I didn’t feel relief until the very last pages, but boy was all the pain worth it. I haven’t recovered from these and I’m sure I never will. What I felt when I read the last pages was just the best – it was that pure joy that you only get from the very best books. I’m so sad to read the end of Ellie and Flynn, but I know they’ll always be there for me to revisit when I want to feel that feeling again – you know the one I’m talking about.
***This edition contained quite a few grammatical errors and typos, which I think is worth mentioning. Even though I purchased this book, my edition listed it as an ARC, so I’m guessing that the author uploaded the wrong edition to Amazon (I’m not sure if readers from the other retailers had this problem). Between those errors and a few repetitive moments in the story, I had to take away a 1/2 star. Hopefully those issues will be fixed soon, because this is close to a 5 star read which I know people will enjoy.***