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Pocketful of Sand

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,397 ratings  ·  694 reviews
“She’s beauty for my ashes. And I’m hope for her heartache.”—Cole Danzer.

I don’t know what makes a great love story. Is it that instant attraction when boy meets girl? The passionate kisses and the fairy-tale ending? Or is it a lifetime of tragedy, paid in advance, for a few stolen moments of pure bliss? The pain and the suffering that, in the end, you can say are worth it
Published March 15th 2015 (first published March 3rd 2015)
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Aestas Book Blog
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What a gorgeous book!! Intense, addictive, equally heart-wrenching and heart-warming, this story captured my heart from the first chapter and is now one of my top favorites! I LOVED IT!!!

From the moment I read this blurb, I just knew this was a book I had to read.

I don’t know what makes a great love story... I only know what makes my love story. I only know that finding Cole when I did, when Emmy and I were running from a nightmare, was the only
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Stars

He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other's shattered pieces and made a whole.

I don't know what it is about this book that touched me on such a viscaral level, but I still can't stop thinking about this story or the ending. I've read other books by this author and I already knew she could write, but this book just blew the other ones out of the water. It was THAT good. Emotional, gripping, and unforgettable story of second chances and redemption, this is on
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 stars!

“...He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine…ours is the greatest of them all.”

This part of the blurb grabbed me, and I knew then and there I was going to read this book no matter what. Obviously from my rating I didn’t like it much, but you may very well love it so I encourage anyone who was interested before to give it a shot regardles
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars
”We are two broken people, finding strength in each other’s remaining pieces. We’ve both lost so much, paid so dearly for what we have left, for what we were allowed to keep. Maybe just maybe, it’s enough to make a whole. Our pieces. Together.”

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I don't know what to rate this book so please bare with me if the rating changes a few times in the next few days. M. Leighton went outside the box with this story and I found it intriguing and the writing was quotable
5 'Cry my eyeballs out' Stars

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This book was.....Awe-Fucking-Some. From the vary first page it grabbed my attention and made me fall in love with it. I couldn't help but cry.

Eden is starting fresh. She is starting new with her 6 year old daughter, Emmy.

“Maybe this will finally be a place we can call home. Home safe home.”

Emmy is the reason for Eden's living. Her daughter means everything to her and she would do whatever is in her power to protect and love her.

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Emmy was just this cute lit
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

Title: Pocketful of Sand
Series: Standalone
Author: M. Leighton
Release date: March 15, 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Going into this book, I wasn't too sure what the story was going to be about besides the fact that both main characters were dealing with troubled pasts. The synopsis doesn't tell you much more than that and I was pretty curious to see how it would play out. Although, I figured it was a safe bet to say that this book would be an emotional and p
Kelli C
5 My heart is Full Stars

This was quite possibly M. Leighton's finest work. With heartbreaking despair, second chances and redemption it is a book as beautiful as it is tragic. As a reader it sucked me into a realm of emotion and held me captive.

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Pocketful of Sand introduces Cole and Emmy. These two broken souls do not have anything different from those in other damaged love stories. Each have past tragedy. Each have a void in their souls. Neither is looking to fill those voids. What makes the
2.5 stars

Obviously I’m in the minority with this one, but this book just did not work for me. I’m normally a fan of broken people finding each other and healing. But in this case I think there was just too much drama. It started off promisingly, but the love story happened too quickly for me, and as the character’s pasts were revealed and the story played out, I got more and more disconnected.

Eden and her young daughter, Emmy, have just moved to a small coastal town. Running from the horrors of
Shelly Crane
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
Cole. Cole. Cole.

My, my, my.

I haven't been this affected and yet, not...upset and irritated by a book guy in such a long time. I was SO thankful and grateful and HAPPY with how Michelle pulled Cole off. I was worried, naturally, from the first page, when he comes off with the attitude and off-kilter sexiness that you know is going to drive her wild and be this un-contained beast throughout the book. BUT instead of making him the complete jerk that he could have been, and that I see SO much in b
2.75/5 stars

I really liked the premise of the story and I liked the beginning and found it promising. But after that it just went way too fast, too much "insta-love".. and some other things....

Things I liked:
- Emmy... She was very cute and I liked her
- The beginning of the story
- The beach
- The main characters: I liked them both seperately from each other.

Things I didn't like:
- How fast their relationship develops. He is a hermit for years but all of a sudden he's not anymore. All of a sudden th
Mizz Latte
WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! WHY?!...
WHY go into explicit detail about the h's sexual abuse and rape since she was 14yrs old AND EXPLICITLY describe her 4yr old daughter's sexual abuse????????????????????????????


ALSO...the H is married to OW throughout the book AND he cheated on his wife since he got married to her, with multiple women

Smitten's Book Blog

3.5 Stars for Cole & Eden.

My Casting:

*sigh* I hate it when everyone is raving about a book and I'm just left feeling barely lukewarm about it. That's what happened with Pocketful of Sand.

This is the tragic story of a single mother, who is on the run from her secrets and a broken hero, who has his own set of demons, coming together to heal one another's wounds, left by their traumatic pasts.

“I think broken people gravitate toward one another, like our shattered pieces connect o
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Heartbreaking Stars!!!

Really liked it! And the's...unique!

The whole story had an undercurrent of sadness but when these two broken people find each other, and they gravitate towards each other, you can’t help but root for them both to find some peace, to find some hope of something better, with each other.

We can sense early on that Eden and her daughter, Emmy, are running away from a terrible past. Walking on the beach of their new hometown, they see Cole building a sandcastle loo
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How do I tell you just how amazing a book is especially when it is one that took me on a beautiful emotional roller coaster ride??
When it is a book that as you begin from page one, you can feel the story slowly weaving itself into the fabric of your soul...knowing that once you are done...this book will be a part of you no matter what...
Well, Pocketful of Sand did just that...
I seriously went through so much in this book...And no surprise since this is a M. Leighton novel. But, truly, this book
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, romance
OMG! So good!

I’m such a character driven reader. I need great characters. This author doesn’t disappoint me ever with her character and Pocketful of Sand is no exception

When you have two broken…no three broken people, can they combine their broken pieces to make one family? Only if they let each other in and trust. That’s a problem for Eden, she doesn’t trust anyone. She has great reasons for it. And no, we don’t get to know what they are right away.

Cole feels guilt. So much guilt that he push
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
4.5 Stars

It was pretty good, but the drama part was really-really too much, and Eden's past still makes me shiver. :(( But I still highly recommend it!
Rhea Dsouza
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I crave him like I crave sunshine and air and water and love. His scent, his taste, they weave a sensual spell around me, flooding my blood with heat and need.

I wasn’t too sure about reading Pocketful of Sand. It sounded like any other contemporary New Adult, but also not. It looked like just another book with a pretty cover, but not quite. Something about the synopsis called to me, and I answered.

And I definitely, definitely am damn glad that I did.

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Pocketful of Sand begins with Eden Tay
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? This book hurt my heart. The story, the characters, the premise of it all, just wow. I've always loved M. Leighton's books, but this one just blew me away. If you haven't grabbed it yet, what are you waiting for. You won't be able to put it down. Incredible. ...more
I honestly don't know what to think about this book. I seriously don't know how to rate this or what to even to say about it. ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately pulled into this story and became enthralled. It was intriguing, beautifully written, and brought out many emotions. It had me wondering and guessing and just feeling and anticipating.

This is the story of two damaged people. One quick meeting was all it took to trigger extreme awareness between Eden and Cole. But he is broody, distant, closed off and isolated. He is broken and does not want to feel anything at all. But Eden and her daughter Emmy seem to pull him in.

It's as tho
The Geekery Book Review

The only thing the author could have done to enhance the experience of reading this would have been to include a box of tissues with each purchase. Michelle, you need to get on that!! ;-)I swear I went through a whole box while reading it, and thinking about writing this has me started on another.

I'm just going to give you 3 reasons why you should read Pocketful of Sand:

Reason 1: Cole, Eden, and Emmy.

Cole: Yes, he's hot, ripped, get the point!! After all, this IS a M. Leighton book
Brittany Gloss
***I received an ARC for my honest review***

I have been struggling for weeks to find the words to describe this book. I've started and stopped this review so many times I feel like I'm going crazy. It's so different from anything that Leighton has written before, and I mean that in the best possible way.

The book tells the story of Eden and Emmy. A young mother and daughter duo, who are looking to begin a fresh start in a small New England town. I loved Eden. From the start you can tell there is
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars... Review coming
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Donna ~
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished Pocketful of Sand and I felt my heart splinter and get put back together!! It was beautiful, the story kept me guessing as to what happened to make them that broken. Revealed in such a way that made my heart break for them. Another brilliant, heart-felt read from Michelle Leighton!!

Pocketful of Sand is a must read! You must meet Cole and Eden and let's not forget Emmy....scene stealer on more than one occasion. I knew that this book was going to captivate me when I saw the cover. I kn
Teresa Mary Rose
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On paper this book seems like your typical contemporary romance, but trust me when I tell you it is completely unprecedented and like nothing you have ever read before. This book will knock your socks off. The story is addictive, the characters are amazing, and the romance is heart melting.

Every single character in this book wormed their way into my heart. I adored Eden for her strength and how she loved her daughter above all else. My heart broke

DNF @ 37%

This is the first time that I have ever hit the "request a refund" button on a book. I really wanted to like this one. I'm frustrated that I wasn't liking it. That blurb!? It's really good. Right?! I thought, "Hell, yes! This is my kind of read!" Sadly, I had to put this one down. I wanted to put it down at 20% but wanted to give it a little while longer. Sometimes it takes a minute to get into a story. I knew at 37% that I couldn't keep going, I wasn't liking anything about it. Everyth
Anna Jackson
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 This Made A Great Love Story Stars!

Pocketful of Sand was way more than I was expecting.
All the reviews were somewhat vague, so I went into this not really knowing what was going to transpire throughout the book. I thought it would be your average romance, however, that is not the case at all, this book really took me by surprise. The two main characters themselves were completely and utterly amazing, and their story was devastatingly heartwarming.

I don't what to be a spoily sport, but just
This book was a Did Not Finish - (DNF) for me

Don't get me wrong the writing was good and and the characters were great but I didn't connect to the story as much as I wanted too. Stopped reading at 35%
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels ...more

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“I don’t have anything to give you, Eden.  I’m broken.  More than I ever thought I could be.  But you can have what’s left of me.  If you want it.  You can have what little I have to give.” “That’s all I want, Cole.  That’s all I want.” 9 likes
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