By Emma Grayson
Synopsis: ***Inspired by true events***
Judy Garland said it best, ‘For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.’
If you asked her why she loved him, she would only be able to tell you it was because he was who he was and well, she was who she was.
Plain and simple.
All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. That her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.
Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her; forever shattering it.
Is love enough to conquer all?
Will she be able to lead them out of hell and off their path of self destruction?
Or will Caleb take it all?
Have you ever fallen head over heels, tumbling down the rabbit hole, over the moon in love? Have you ever met someone that makes you feel so profoundly that you are willing to overlook all of their faults just to be with them? To swallow the disappointment that rises in your throat and hang on to your faith that they will change? That next time will be different? For Lennox, Caleb was that person. But change is never easy. It is grueling. It is exhausting. It is not for the weak at heart. It takes commitment and determination. Most importantly the person changing must want to change for themselves, and no other. Only then will they truly be able to follow through.
The story of Lennox and Caleb is hopeful and hopeless. Uplifting and drowning. It is sunshine and darkness. It is every emotion, good and bad, melded into one enormous roller coaster ride. I am literally sitting here with my stomach in knots.
Lennox is a young woman living in a small town in Canada. She has great parents and an close network of amazing friends. Even though she has not had an abundance of romance in her life she is content. At least she thought she was until she is set up on a blind date. That one evening sitting in a booth of a local coffee shop changed her life forever. The moment her eyes meet the gaze of Caleb's from across the room there was a spark that ignited something deep within and she knew she would never be the same again.
Seeing those familiar honey colored eyes in that busy restaurant lit something in Caleb. Those eyes became the lighthouse shinning through the haze leading his way home. Only the raging storm of his own creation may never allow him peace. He is the only one who can decide if he is willing to change course and weather the tempest.
There were moments when I want to scream at Lennox. Tell her to pull her head from the clouds. To tell her that the pain wasn't worth it. But I felt her love for Caleb, as irrational as it might seem. I felt my heart squeeze with hope. Maybe this time would be different. Perhaps Caleb would prove me wrong. God, I wanted him to prove me wrong.
This novel is inspired by true events. Knowing that made the journey even more treacherous.
The quest of Lennox and Caleb wasn't a figment of the author's imagination or a plot that developed in her mind. These were scenes based on moments that really happened. For me, that added a whole new level of connection to the characters. I was truly seeing a glimpse into someone's life. It also gave me an enormous amount of respect for the author and the courage it must have taken to write this.
There is one other person in this novel that I believe deserves special mention. Raine. He is the embodiment of a true friend and an amazing man. The way he was always there for Lennox. Quick to lend a shoulder to cry on or an warm embrace. I would love to meet the real person behind his inspiration.
If you haven't read Take It All yet you need to. Today!
About Emma Grayson
Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta with her family and five year old son.
She is currently working on Take it All, book one in her new series, Blinded by Love, as well as Unbearable Guilt, book two in her Breathe Again series.
When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, going to movies, reading, or enjoying Starbucks latte’s with her girlfriends. She’s the lover of music, television, all things purple, Oilers hockey and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops or a pack of gum.