When We Collide
by A.L. Jackson
From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.
William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.
Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.
When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.
In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.
Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.
A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.
If you haven never read a book written by A.L. Jackson, I would highly recommend that you do. She is one of my “go to” authors. I have yet to read anything she has written that wasn’t absolutely amazing. She writes real characters with real problems. Their lives aren’t neat and pretty, they make horrible mistakes and they learn to live with it. This book is no exception.
Maggie is a young woman who has endured her entire life. She endured her father, she endured her mother, she endured school and now she is enduring her abusive boyfriend. One night at a bonfire party when her boyfriend shows his true colors, an unlikely hero steps up to defend her.
William is living a life that he never wanted. The one true love of his life got away. He is living with a cold and heartless woman and working at a job that he hates. He has become a man that he no longer recognizes. So when his brother calls him up and asks him to come home, he has no reason to stay. He only hopes that he won’t run into “her”. Because he is not sure that he could survive it. (My heart was breaking for him!)
Years ago, William learned about Maggie. She confided in him. She told him about the hell she was living in.
Even though Will tried to hep Maggie see that she deserved so much more, she had been living with the abuse and torment for so long that it was all she knew.
Will found himself falling for this fragile and broken young woman.
Ultimately, she knew that they could never be. She knew that she should never hope for anything more. She watched Will walk away knowing in her heart that it was for the best.
Maggie chooses to stay with her abusive boyfriend. She remained silent all of these years about why she has stayed in this nightmare of a relationship.
Maggie now struggles with her decision and fears that history is destined to repeat itself.
Will lives out his greatest hope and fear, seeing Maggie again. He has to know why she made the choices she made all of those years ago.
Together, they could be so much more. But can all of the years of hurt and misery be erased?
This book is hard to review without giving too much away. I will tell you that there are some unexpected twists and turns that will leave your heart breaking. I absolutely adored all of the characters. The development was amazing. The story was real and pulled me in right from the beginning.
**The only thing keeping this from being a five-star review is that jumping back and forth from the past to the present. This book was told from both Will and Maggie’s point of view and the back and forth on top of that got to be a bit much. There were a few times it became very distracting for me. This book has VERY high ratings so obviously it was not an issue for everyone. **
Aside from that one issue, and again, it may only be an issue for me, this book was amazing. I read this one in one sitting and I felt so many emotions. A. L. Jackson has a gift for making the reader feel what her characters are going through. So if you are looking for an angst-filled love story with lots of drama, look no further. Four stars for me.