Pain punished her.
The bottle numbed her.
Guilt kept her trapped.
In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her.
Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.
His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.
He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Portland, Maine. With the pub called ‘The Skipper’ as its main place of action that sits on the Holyoke wharf aka dock.
Characters: The main characters in this story are Sydney aka Syd and Gunnar. Syd has hit rock bottom, some days the guilt weighs too heavily on her heart and other days she tries to focus on moving forward. This was never the life she imagined for herself; homeless and eating out of dumpsters but when her life imploded years before, she needed a way out. Until one day ‘The Skipper’ becomes her salvation and a much need balm to her broken and bruised heart. Gunnar has had all of the crazy and unpredictableness life has to offer him to last a lifetime. All he wants to do is run ‘The Skipper’, be the best father he can be to his kids, and have some peace. He didn’t know that peace was going to be the last thing on his mind when Syd reluctantly walks through the door. He could have never imagined how much Syd would change his life or his children’s.
Plot: This novel had tons of story arcs but one awesome message! To me this story really had the message of: it’s okay to let go of the past and move forward because the future can be a beautiful place to be a part of. As for the story arcs there were a good amount, such as dealing with Gunnar and Syd’s pasts, the thriller/suspense arc of who was causing all of the trouble, the romance between Gunnar and Syd, as well as Syd’s ability to become the woman she was always meant to be.
Writing: This novel was told in first person points of view of both Gunnar and Syd as well as past/present points of view. I loved that we got to have Gunnar’s point of view in addition to Syd’s but for once I thought it would have been pretty awesome if this story was told in multiple points of view such as Viv’s and maybe the cop’s as well.
Curb Appeal: This cover is amazing!! It’s so different from what is normally out there and it totally captures Syd! I love it! The blurb completely captured my interest from the first time I read it and really sums up the story without giving anything away.
Ultimately: This novel ended up being a feel good story to me. Syd is probably one of the most gracious and amazing heroines I have ever read and it was such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in the mood for a dark gritty novel that has a beautiful message and light at the end of the tunnel come find out why Syd came From Dust!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.