by M. Leighton
on May 8th 2016
Published by Indie Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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 stunning act of true love.
This is our story.
Our true love story.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
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 died on July 13, 2013, six months after being diagnosed with lung, liver and stomach cancer. I usually avoid books which deal with cancer now. So, this book was a leap of faith for me. But, I had a feeling this one would be different. Because Leighton was coming at this from MY perspective. From someone who watched their loved one suffer. From someone who felt that ache, that pain, that anguish of not being able to do anything, that helpless feeling.
The most beautiful thing happened. She put all of that love and all of those fears, and all of the “what ifs” and “what nows”, into the most amazing and beautiful love story. It will make you cry. It will make you smile. It will make you laugh. But above all, it will make you realize, that when you find true love, you have to cherish it, you have to cultivate it, you have to nurture it. Because you don’t know how long that gift will be yours.
A “non-traditional HEA”, ‘The Empty Jar’ is a story that will remain with me for years to come. A story of sacrifice, and of true love, it is breathtakingly beautiful.
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