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Three months touring Europe.
Romantic. Dazzling. Unforgettable.
The trip of a lifetime.

But some lifetimes are shorter...

We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.
No one could. No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.

But it is tragic.

Yet so, so beautiful.

That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something
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Paperback, 414 pages
Published May 8th 2016 by M. Leighton Books
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Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
5 Stars!!

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Reading this book felt like someone ripped my heart out of my chest and smashed it in tiny little pieces. This book left me broken and uncontrollably crying, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of it. I didn’t enjoy it, but I loved it with all my heart. 'The Empty Jar' was one of the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read. From beginning until the end it was gut-wrenching, though-provoking and so emotionally gripping. Mrs. Leighton simply amazed me with this beautifully writte
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Aestas Book Blog
May 07, 2016 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED :::


“I will love you forever. Dead or alive, I will be yours, wherever I am.”

I've loved M. Leighton's writing for a long time and as soon as I heard about this book I was intrigued. However, counter to my norm, I actually went into this book totally blind — which is really rare for me. The moment I saw it, I one-clicked and just dive right in. Based on the blurb, I could already tell that I was in for quite a heart-breaking ride, but knowing this author I trusted
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warhawke
May 31, 2016 warhawke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can handle heavy subject
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual
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Nate and Helena (Lena) Grant embarked on a three months European tour to strengthen their already unbreakable bond. They had been together for nineteen years and married for sixteen years, which seemed like a lifetime. However, time was no longer on their side. Amidst an impending tragedy, hope bloomed to soften the blow. But to keep the beauty, they had no choice but to face the ugly.



I am forever searching for an ugly c
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Christie«SHBBblogger»



Title: The Empty Jar
Series: Standalone
Author: M. Leighton
Release date: May 8, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
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The Empty Jar is being hailed as "The Ultimate Love Story". I think we can all agree that these are some tall words to live up to. Though I was hopeful this would be an unforgettable reading experience, I had my doubts that these words weren't exaggerated. Let me preface this review by saying that this book scared me before starting. Judging by the synopsis and t
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Claire Robinson
Apr 20, 2016 Claire Robinson rated it it was amazing
5 - Beauty and tragedy... Stars.

ITs LIVE!

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I am quite an emotional reader, a big softy if you will, and sometimes a story, its characters, or just the way something has been written leaves more of a mark than normal. Lena and Nate Grant’s story did that, it left a mark, provoked a reaction, made me think.



I can honestly say there is only one o
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Megan
*****5 Stars*****

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“We share the kind of love that picks you up when you stumble, the kind of love that catches you when you fall, the kind of love that rescues you when you need saving. The real kind of love.”

I just wanted to start by saying how much I absolutely loved the front cover of this book. It is artistic and beautiful. I have a bit of an obsession with book covers with mason jars on them. It first started when I read “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire back in 2013 and carried throug
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

5 Gut-wrenching Stars!

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Well, that wasn't an easy read. Originally, I posted my review unable to actually finish this book. I didn't think I could. I set it down, regrouped, donned my big girl panties, picked it back up, pushed through my fears and finished it. And for that, I'm thankful.

The Empty Jar is so beautiful. It's raw and so emotionally gripping, it hit entirely deep within my heart. It's also about profound love- a love for friends, family, and that one true love that stands the test
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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’m going to be honest with you. This is a difficult book to read, and it may not be for everyone. If you’re looking for escapism, this is not the book for you. The Empty Jar is raw, it’s real, it’s agonizing, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Nate and Lena share a rare love of a lifetime. Theirs is a sacrificial love, nurtured for over a decade and a half by attention and faithfulness. They’ve dared to live life fully, always discerning and prioritizing the important things, and never taking each
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 07, 2016 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it it was amazing
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5 powerful and perfect stars!

“I need to know how to make it through this, how to have hope. Because I’ve forgotten. I don’t know how to hope anymore.”

Well wow, what can we say about The Empty Jar? Not much really, as to do so would completely spoil one stunningly beautiful and inspirational story of love and sacrifice. We can tell you that this was one of the most powerful and gut wrenching books we’ve ever read. That, to read this book you must embrac
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FMABookReviews
Cathartic. Beautiful. Poignant.

I knew before I read 'The Empty Jar', that it was going to be difficult to read. I knew it wasn't going to just cause tears, but it would cause ugly tears. What I didn't expect was the beauty within its pages, nor the healing to be found, nor the laughter that would flow freely.

Knowing the circumstances driving the writing of this book, I was afraid it might be more than I could handle. You see, my father lived with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for 16 years, and di
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
May 07, 2016 Gitte TotallyBookedBlog rated it it was amazing
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5 powerful and perfect stars!

“I need to know how to make it through this, how to have hope. Because I’ve forgotten. I don’t know how to hope anymore.”

Well wow, what can we say about The Empty Jar? Not much really, as to do so would completely spoil one stunningly beautiful and inspirational story of love and sacrifice. We can tell you that this was one of the most powerful and gut wrenching books we’ve ever read. That, to read this book you must embrace the notion that love is the most preciou
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Give Me Books
Apr 29, 2016 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
And the greatest of these is love.

—This is what has been running through my head all day. The feels, oh, the feels! I’m not going to flail about because I don’t have the energy. I’ve used almost all the tissues in my house, and that says a lot since I’m recovering from a cold and I stocked up. Let me tell you, it will be years, if ever, before I forget about this book. And the way it made me feel… My heart beating out of my chest, the tears pouring down my face, the laughs, the love, and so mu
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Karla
May 09, 2016 Karla rated it really liked it
Beautiful, touching, heart wrenching and so much more. The empty jar is just one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. The love between Lena and Nate was so true and deep, they are the true definition of soulmates. What they went through, what they sacrificed but at same time bittersweet for at the end it was was the most wonderful reward. I have to mention that even though this book was so touching and choked me up, the authors note at the end had me crying like a baby. Thank y ...more
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


THIS LOOKS AMAZING!

Stand-alone.
Release: May 8, 2016.

Book Blurb:
Three months touring Europe.
Romantic. Dazzling. Unforgettable.
The trip of a lifetime.
But some lifetimes are shorter...
We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.
No one could. No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.
But it is tragic.
Yet so, so beautiful.
That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something or someone you love.
And this is the ultimate sacrifice.
One st
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Jenny
May 23, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Speechless. I'm left speechless.

This book is breathtaking, magnificent, spectacular, glorious, and oh so heartbreakingly sad. I cried, I sobbed, I laughed, and cried some more. But wow, I loved this story. Definitely a story that will remain with me always. This is about that ultimate life consuming, soul bearing love that only happens once in your lifetime. The one that is irreplaceable. Definitely a must read, but with a high warning of being a sobbing blubbering mess!! To me it was definitel
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Chris- Bookaddict
Apr 18, 2016 Chris- Bookaddict rated it it was amazing
My Full Review now posted...

My heart is full and my mind is trying to find the words to express exactly how much of an impact this story has had on me.


'Fill your jar. As long as your jar is full, your life will never be empty. And every chance you get, put your face in the sun, and show the wind how to fly.'

I’ve been sitting on this review for days, trying to figure out how to put into words the emotions I feel for this story., and well I simply can’t seem to form the words I want that will do
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Jo *Reading Is My Bliss*
Apr 23, 2016 Jo *Reading Is My Bliss* rated it it was amazing
5+++++++++ stars!!!

'Fill your jar. As long as your jar is full, your life will never be empty. And every chance you get, put your face in the sun, and show the wind how to fly.'

My husband just held my face in his hands and said 'oh babe, are you alright? You look wrecked.' He has also been passing me tissues for the last two hours and giving me cuddles when I looked like I needed them. Why? This book that completely consumed me, ripped my heart out and turned me into a freaking blubbering mess
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Michelle
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Sera
Apr 22, 2016 Sera rated it liked it
This is definitely a case of it's not you it's me. Unfortunately for me I don't think I ever fully connected with the characters. The story was a good one, and maybe if I read it at another time I would have felt more while reading it. I have read another book that I loved that had a similar story and part of me could not help comparing the two. That may be the reason I didn't get invested in this one as much as I would have liked. This is a heart breaking story, that is well written but I'm rat ...more
Anne OK
Apr 27, 2016 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
M. Leighton has beautifully written a love story that transcends those darkest and stormiest moments in our lives. I cried openly throughout this too realistic story. My heart broke into pieces. But I smiled, too. In the darkness, there is light. And it shone brightly in the love that Lena and Nate shared.

Without a doubt, that old Mason jar on my pantry shelf will have a whole different meaning now. An amazing story with lessons that will remain with me for a long time to come.

Shayna
This book was so VERY VERY personal and it made me FEEL so SO much! I applaud Michelle for sharing this very moving, beautiful, and heartbreaking story about the REAL kind of love. There was not ONE single page where I didn't shed a tear. It was a REALLY tough journey, but one that will ultimately change your life. EVERY SINGLE one of you should experience this book!

THE EMPTY JAR is not a romance, but it IS a story of true love, a love so beautiful, so life changing, so incredibly important...a
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Courtney
Apr 20, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
First and foremost, I applaud Michelle for sharing this deep and moving story. I encourage everyone to read this book. It's your non-traditional romance story but it is so well worth the read.

I knew jumping into this book, my heart was going to be aching and I would shed ALOT of tears. What I didn't expect was to find the strong compassion and love filled throughout this book. This book will reach into the very depths of your soul and make you feel a love so pure and true, you can't help but be
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
This was an incredibly emotional read and I did love it, but I don't seem to have got out of it what everybody else did. I welled up but I didn't cry whereas normally I would be sobbing my heart out. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind. However, it was fantastically written and I loved the story.
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

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40-year old Helena (Lena) and her husband Nate are about to leave for a 3-month dream vacation to Europe. Nate quit his job so that they could have this one last dream before...Before what we don't really know. Michelle has the reader guessing what will happen - who will die, because someone is cleary sick and about to die. We just don't know if it's Lena or Nate.
We only know that this story will be heartbreakingly sad....

Off to Europe we go...Last adventures are to be had - and some last beauti
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
When you are in the middle of a book that is not just hitting too close to home, but smacking your house with a wrecking ball, you have to take a step back and let it swing. BUT the moment you pick it back up you know it is going to be okay to continue on with it. That something beautiful will be waiting at the end to comfort you and tell you it was all worth it. Something monumental is waiting to say it is going to be okay and that life goes on and curses can be broken. That is this book.

I will
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Ela
May 09, 2016 Ela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely beautiful! No words can describe this book and the emotions it brings out!
Naomi
Apr 18, 2016 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle, arc-author
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

The Empty Jar was such a beautiful and heartbreaking journey of true love and the sacrifices made for your soul mate. This story, it made my chest ache – and the tears – I honestly sobbed my way through this magnificent story. It was such a personal story for the author, but reading the words was simply mind blowing and I could feel what the characters were going through!

Lena and Nate have been together for nineteen years, and were about to embark on the
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Sara
Apr 26, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. From start to finish, there were few times that I wasn't crying.

The emotions that this book brings out of you will stay with you much longer than the end of this story. This story is as much a tragedy as it is a romance but the love that is written in the pages of this book is stunning!

I seriously doubt I will ever forget the story of Lena and N
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Veronica Laroche
Apr 20, 2016 Veronica Laroche rated it it was amazing
Truly one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I'm a huge fan of Michelle's books and this one, this one is by far my favorite. This book has truly touched my heart and I don't think I have cried and smiled so much as when I have read The Empty Jar. The love that Lena & Nate had was beautiful and unbreakable, it is truly a love story. Their love shines so much as you read, I truly hope that everyone reads this book it truly is a beautiful love story. Michelle you have definitely o ...more
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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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