When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
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.
Williams life seemed so perfect. He had great friends, an amazing loving family, and was attending a great school. That all changes when one summer on his summer vacation he sees her; Maggie. Maggie's life has been filled with rumors, pain, and loneliness. William is immediately drawn to her and soon if falling hard and fast for her. On the last day of summer when they finally agreed to be together she changes her mind and stays. William can't take the pain, and so he leaves.
Now six years later he hates his life in L.A., he hasn't seen his family in six years, since that fateful day and now has to go home to face his fears. After only a few days he sees her again and everything he tried to suppress for the last six years comes rushing back. While William tries to get his footing with his family, he realizes it's time to start fighting for Maggie again. He'll do anything to protect the girl he's always loved and his family. Swearing that he'll do anything to protect his family against the threat that is Maggie's husband, William will soon realize just how much he's willing to put on the line for those he loves.
Overall When We Collide is a great story. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I thought the overall theme of abuse was one of the most moving and eye opening for me. The only problem I had was that most of it was repeated inner dialogue and not much of the inner dialogue changed. Also, although the cover is amazing I honestly don't think it goes with the story. The rest of the story was great. I never knew what was going to happen with William's and Maggie's story so it was an extremely interesting read, and I was extremely pleased with the ending. Not over the top and easily believable. I hope you pick up a copy and find out how Williams and Maggie's worlds collide.
About the Author:
A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.