on February 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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A Crack in Everything
Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.How the Light Gets inHe came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once
meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought
I’d see him again.I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But
Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected
he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women
across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best
life in the after.And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.How the Light Gets In is Book #2 and the concluding installment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
New to L.H. Cosway’s books, I found her writing to be emotional, grounded, and hopeful. The Cracks Duet is a deeply emotional story written in past and present with teenage characters living in Ireland. Cosway nailed the dynamics between this quirky set of individuals. Filling the their depairing backdrop with friendship, affection, and hope. It’s easy to tell early on that what you want to end well is headed for tragedy. I walked in blind, not having read the description of the story, and was wiping away tears by the end of book one, A Crack in Everything.
The Light Gets In, picks up several years later. Our characters are grown, having matured and moved forward with their lives. However, they are still marked by their shared tragic experiences. It changed them, some good and some not so good. When something terrible happens to you at a young age, change is inevitable. I found myself really rooting for Dylan and Ev. I felt super invested after book one. I wanted them happy. Stories like this though are never easy. As in life, you have to fight for survival, emotional or otherwise. It’s through that, that we really become who we’re meant to be.
Book two in this series is still about hope. But it’s also about living. It’s about loving yourself to want to make it. It’s about trusting in who you are and allowing yourself to be loved. It’s a culmination of all your life experiences and opening yourself to the possibilities the future will bring.
I found myself in the end happy with where the characters landed. While I think the first book was my favorite, that’s not to say I didn’t like The Light Gets In. I just found myself more emotionally connected with past part of the story. I very much look forward to picking up other L.H. Cosway books now!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *