I’m not sure that I am able to articulate what I am feeling after reading Light In The Shadows by A. Meredith Walters. Every once in a while you come across a story that throws you deep into a minefield of emotions. Light In The Shadows (Find You In The Dark #2) is THAT book. I keep finding myself thinking about different parts of the story and feel my throat get tight while attempting to keep the tears from falling. I cannot even tell you the ‘why’ of the connection I feel to this story and its characters; just that I do. I know that while reading both Find You In The Dark and Light In The Shadows, my heart would physically hurt while reading the words. But here’s the thing. A. Meredith Walters didn’t merely put words to paper. She brought them to life. She made them ache. The words bled and the words screamed to be heard.
When I read Find You In The Dark, I felt like I was on the outside looking in. With Light In The Shadows, I had the uncontrollable, vulnerable, and intense feeling of being on the inside looking out. Wow—what a perspective and view to take in. This POV created an incredible and powerful journey. Every emotion and every single thing you thought you knew about love and fighting for your heart is stripped bare and questioned.
I found myself on a number of occasions having to put my reader down for a while and walk away. Not because the book couldn’t hold my interest but because I became so invested in this story that I need to step away and breathe. I found myself constantly thinking about Clay and Maggie’s story and at times I was overwhelmed with what I felt.
If you have read any of A. Meredith Walters books, you know what I mean when I say that there is incredible depth and passion in her writing. Her characters become part of you. Clay and Maggie’s story is riddled with such a raw intensity that you can’t help but trust there will be hope and goodness on their way to finding balance and happiness. Walters experience in the social humanities/mental wellness field definitely brings viability to the story. She thought the story through thoroughly and expertly. Every single character has purpose and intent. Every single line of dialogue between characters gives the story weight. A weight that is not heavy but enlightening.
The inner monologue of the characters will grab hold of your heart hard, making you realize that love and relationships are not to be taken for granted and that every one is worthy of loving and being loved. For some that road may have a few more potholes and sharp curves. Living takes work, trust and learning. A. Meredith Walters so poignantly displays this through Clay and Maggie’s story. Acquiring balance of your mind and your soul is always a work in progress and to everyone, to some degree, struggles with finding this balance. This was so very evident when Walters laced Ruby’s story with Clay and Maggie’s. It was evident in how she described Maggie’s parents and their struggle to be there for their daughter. It was even clear in how Walters shared Daniel and Rachel’s relationship and also their need to watch out for Maggie. Everyone has a point at which life can become too much and it can potentially break you. Every day we balance the throws of life. Some days can be stormy while some are like a fleeting breeze. Light In The Shadows reminds us of this and reminds us that we all struggle. Although this book is a work of fiction, the events that occur and the feelings expressed can be and have been very real to someone. Walters treated Clay and Maggie’s story with sincerity and respect that turned something so tragic and painful into something of beauty and necessity.
Light In The Shadows had one of the best endings ever. The picture… AMAZING. That’s all I can say without giving spoilers.
A. Meredith Walters— Thank you so much for bringing me into Clay and Maggie’s journey. It was absolutely phenomenal. I cannot wait to read more from you. Your passion truly radiates in the words you put to paper.
If you have this on your TBR please bump it up and if you haven’t yet added it—what are you waiting for? D 5/5 but so much more!