Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: Chasing The Tide by A. Meredith Walters


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 ***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.*** Bully and Victim Friend and Lover Past and Future Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart. And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history. Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over. But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything. Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live. And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.   Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.   Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.    

"I felt as though Flynn and I were forever chasing the tide.  Hoping that just this once, we'd finally be able to catch it.  That we could hold it in our hands and breathe a sigh of relief because all the battles, all the wars, were over."

Chasing The Tide by A. Meredith Walters is the sequel the profoundly written and emotionally evoking novel Reclaiming The Sand. A continuation of the story of Flynn and Ellie, several years after the last books ends, the reader is introduced to the life that Ellie begins after graduating from college and returning home to the love of her life, Flynn.  Their reunion is not romantic, but pragmatic, as everything with Flynn always is, and they begin their lives together.  Chasing The Tide shows the reader that although Ellie and Flynn have both made amazing strides in becoming the people that they want to be, they are not without a continued struggle with themselves and with each other.  This book was an emotional, teary eyed 4 star read for me and I recommend that everyone read these amazing books!

Ellie returns after graduating from college to a town that she swore she would never step foot in again.  Ellie has no choice but to return to the place that holds so many horrible memories of her childhood and teenage years and also plays a constant reminder of how she treated Flynn in school.  Struggling to find a job to use the degree that she fought so hard to obtain, Ellie becomes discouraged and wonders if she should have returned home in the first place.  She questions her love for Flynn on more than one occasion; wondering if they really are meant to be together or if the love that she feels for him stems from the guilt of the bullying toward him that she was a part of in high-school.

Flynn has come so far since the reader last encountered him in Reclaiming The Sand.  He now teaches several classes at the university where he actually engages with his students.  With the assistance of his new therapist Leonard, he is able to express himself more than ever before and has learned to be a little more social and take his cues with what is and is not acceptable behavior in public.  He loves Ellie with all his heart but he incessantly worries if she is actually happy with him.  He does little things like paint the living room her favorite color, purchasing foods that she likes from the grocery store and making room for her in his home in order to make her feel welcome in what is now their home.

Are the changes that Flynn has made enough to make Ellie stay in a place where she feels like she is moving backward instead of forward with her life?  Will she finally come to terms with the events that took place between her and Flynn in high-school?  Will Ellie and Flynn become the couple that they both want to be?  You will have to read to find out but I promise that you will not be disappointed.  A. Meredith Walters has a way of bringing out every emotion that the reader has while they turn each page, wondering how the story will end.  Amazing job!


From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.
Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.
Particularly Freaky Flynn.
Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.
But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.
And moved on.
Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.
When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.