Friday, October 4, 2013

*GUEST REVIEW* "Cloud Walking" (Find You In The Dark #1.5) by A. Meredith Walters

While Clay and Maggie were falling apart...

Daniel and Rachel were falling in love. 

Rachel Bradfield has loved Daniel Lowe for most of her life. She has had to sit quietly by while he throws his feelings away on a girl who doesn’t deserve them. Rachel knows she can be everything he needs.

Daniel has always known Rachel was special. She is one of his best friends. But what Daniel doesn’t realize is that the girl he has known forever might just be the one he really wants.

Love pulls two people together, while tearing two others apart. As Daniel and Rachel discover the beauty of first love their best friend loses her heart to the deepest darkness. Unable to hold Maggie together, Rachel and Daniel find out that love doesn’t have to hurt and that it can change your life.


Nicola's Thoughts

Cloud Walking is a short novella from the Find You in the Dark series by A. Meredith Walters.  It is based along the same timeframe as the first book in the series, however it concentrates on the relationship between Rachel and Daniel rather than Maggie and Clay.

Rachel, Daniel and Maggie have been best friends since birth and are all incredibly close until everything starts to change for the three of them.  Maggie develops an attraction to Clay, and their subsequent relationship puts strain on her friendship with Rachel and Daniel.  Meanwhile, Rachel and Daniel’s increasing feelings for each other also threaten to ruin their friendship. 

Initially Maggie is the only one who knows about Rachel’s feelings for Daniel, feelings she has harboured since they were children.  Daniel on the other hand is completely oblivious to her feelings and has an on-again/off-again relationship with Kylie, which Rachel finds increasingly difficult to deal with. 

“They always made up.  And I was always left with feeling as though my heart were being ripped out of my chest so he could do a tap dance on it.” 

Gradually, Daniel realises that his feelings for Rachel have changed and he starts to view her differently.  This scares him because as much as he wants Rachel, he doesn’t want to destroy the friendship that they have.

“Because Rachel Bradfield was my best friend.  And she deserved a hell of a lot more than an asshole like me.  She deserved a guy who could be her prince charming.  Not a douchbag who didn’t know his ass from his elbow.”

However, as tension continues to rise between them their friendship starts to suffer anyway and the only thing they seem to unite on is their concern for Maggie and her destructive relationship with Clay.  It seems to be the only thing they see eye to eye on until they finally confront their feelings and decide the direction their relationship needs to take.

This is a pretty fast paced book and it revisits many of the scenes from Find You in the Dark.  It can’t be read as a standalone as I don’t think it would make much sense without knowing the main story of Maggie and Clay, but it does help you develop more of an understanding around Rachel and Daniel, particularly their home lives and their mutual resentment towards their respective mothers.

“But there was that part of me that was resentful all the same.  It wasn’t my fault that my mom had made poor decisions when it came to the men she let in her life.  But here we were, years later and I was taking care of her responsibilities.” 

“And I thought he has come to sort of hate his mother as well.  Not that I blamed him.  Sure, my mom was negligent, but it was because she was trying to provide us with a life.  Daniel’s mom was negligent because she just didn’t give a crap.  She was entirely wrapped up on her life with her sugar daddy.  And poor Danny was pushed out into the proverbial cold.”

“Maggie’s mom was the most amazing parent I knew.  She was warm, supportive and loving.  Everything that Daniel and I lacked in our own maternal relationships.”

I like that we get to learn more about them in this book as they are regular characters in Find You in the Dark, but I didn’t feel that we got to know enough about them.  I also love that you get the alternating points of view from Rachel and Daniel, and find out more about what leads up to certain scenes in the first book or what is happening in the background with them while Find You in the Dark is focused on Maggie and Clay. 

While I did enjoy this novella and I do feel that it does add to the series rather than just being a filler, it does run a bit flat.  There aren’t any big surprises, no major drama, nothing really that isn’t covered in Find You in the Dark and just explained further in this one.  In saying that though, I think it does add development of the characters which, if it had been included in the first book would have detracted the attention from Maggie and Clay and would have reduced the impact of their story and situation.  So while it doesn’t pack a punch or provide any big twists, to fans of the series it is required to keep you invested in their relationship and to tidy up loose ends from the first one, which I’m sure will only increase the enjoyment of the next book Light in the Shadows.


Review by Nicola



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