Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
~ Synopsis ~
Monsters have a way of following you.
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.
When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.
I smile at the sincerity in his voice. “Thank you.”
“No, thank you for keeping the ghosts away. ”He’s no longer looking at me. Instead he watches our friends leap into the air, laughing and screaming as they chase the fluttering glow bugs.
I think about his words. That’s exactly what he has done for me … keep the ghosts away.
I lay down in the tall grass, my head tilted to the night sky, the moon full over our heads.
“Alrighty,” he says, filling the void next to me. “What are we doing?”
“For?” he asks.
His hand seeks mine through the blades of grass, our palms flat against one another’s. My heart starts to race. I’m listening to the song of the crickets mixed with our friend’s laughter, and in that moment I want nothing more than to crash into Leo and make the world stop turning. Instead, I settle for the moment, touching a friend’s hand, quietly keeping the ghosts at bay for one another.
“Do you think he’s there?” he asks.
“Who?” I forget what we’re talking about, distracted by his touch.
He doesn’t move his hand away. “God.”
I swallow. I’ve wondered that a lot, especially as a little girl, on those nights that Daddy would visit my room. “I don’t know,” I answer in barely a whisper.
“It’s a nice thought.”
“The whole heaven thing. That people are waiting for us,” he says.
“What? You don’t believe in heaven?”
“I don’t know,” I say again honestly. “If that’s all real, it just seems hard to swallow.”
“Suffering,” I reply.
He’s quiet, and I wish I hadn’t rained on the moment. “Yeah, it is.”
I want to tell him I hope there’s a heaven because he deserves to see his brother again. I want to tell him that I hope hell exists because people like my father deserve to go there. I want to tell him that through all the bull, I still have hope it’s all real and this being is out there, loving me with all the blemishes others have placed onto me. But instead I lay there, content with the touch of his hand.
~ Review by Jessica ~
*I received an ARC of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
Having read Wendy’s Stubborn Love series (*shameless plug), I knew I was going to cry. She is a master manipulator of heartstrings; it’s why I love her books. Yet somehow, I was still unprepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on.
Addison Buckley is amazing. She is the perfect example of how the people who have suffered the most, are usually the ones who have the greatest capacity for love. She is so incredibly kind to everyone, when she herself was raised with only meanness. I found her to be courageous, admirable, and beautifully broken. Her feelings are so raw and poignant that I was able to completely understand her, even though I haven’t been through half of what she has.
“My tears mix with the rain, and I imagine them sinking into the earth, carrying my secrets and shame with them.”
And the supporting characters are just as wonderful. Wendy has done a marvelous job of creating a wide variety of dynamic people. Miyagi the genius, Willow the tortured soul, Julia… who I managed to love and loathe at the same time. And then there’s Leo of course. Leo with his sweet heart, and penchant for referencing obscure 80’s movies in every conversation he has. God bless Wendy Owens for Napoleon Blake. He, like everyone else in this story, has his demons, but he handles them with humor (which I can TOTALLY relate to). He is the perfect compliment to Addison, and the two of them together are just so incredibly sweet.
This story is tragic at times, but it’s not just about people dealing with their demons. It’s about how to overcome what haunts you. It’s about learning to move past the bad, to find the good. It’s about hope. 5 books!
“Sometimes, the here, the right now, the people we have in the moment, are all we need to find our way to tomorrow.”
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~ About the Author ~
Adult and NA is published under Wendy OwensWendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.
Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
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