Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters

10 May

ImageTitle: Light in the Shadows

Author: A. Meredith Walters

Published: March 2013

Pages: 318

Goodreads Summary:

How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.

Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love, is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

Find Me in the Dark was about destruction, but Light in the Shadows was about redemption and healing.

This book pretty much picked up where the last one left off. Clay was admitted into treatment after he tried to take his own life and after being there for almost three months, he was beginning to heal. Maggie was left trying to heal herself, but struggling with the fact the Clay wouldn’t contact her at all. When someone close to them dies, they’re forced together again and are unable to resist the pull that is undeniably between them.

In the first book my heart broke for Maggie and Clay because although they loved each other and needed each other like the very air they needed to breath, that was the very reason why their relationship was unhealthy. They were so dependent on the other and absorbed in their relationship they didn’t see how damaging it was to the both of them. In this story, they were aware of the damaging factors and stayed clear of them. It took a lot out of both of them but they were stronger, more mature, and ready to do anything to make everything work the right way.

One thing I really loved about this book was that it was dual POV. In the first book I often had a hard time understanding Clay because of his mental illness but now I was in his head and it made understanding him so much easier. Because of being in treatment and being on new meds, Clay had a much clearer mind and not nearly as many breakdowns but he had a lot of inner battles with himself that explained so much about him and made me love him so much more than the last book!

In my last review I said I liked that the author didn’t put a happy face on such dysfunctional relationship and again she didn’t but now she stressed what it means to have a healthily relationship and eventually that’s what Maggie and Clay do have. In the end, it may have even been one the healthiest relationships I’ve ever read about in a book. It truly was amazing how the author wrote the story and turned it from complete destruction to complete happiness and bliss and nothing about it was ridiculous or unbelievable.

This was a touching and heartwarming series that I absolutely recommend. And if you read Find me in the Dark and found it depressing, don’t give up but read this addition to the story because it was utterly remarkable!

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