Memories are precious, and for Sian Bennett, they are fleeting. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand. Sian was there, along with her husband and baby son. What happened that day is a mystery; all she remembers is waking up in hospital five months later, alone.
Two long years pass, and the memories continue to disappear into the black hole that was opened up the day of the quake. Life becomes a perilous journey lived on a tightrope that stretches between the past and the present. Retreating to a lakeside cottage in Rotorua, she shies away from a world she no longer understands.
When Luke Lancaster moves into the derelict cottage beyond the trees, he respects his reclusive neighbour’s silent plea for privacy. Now half a world away from his native North Carolina, he has seen war, misery and chaos. Along with his dog, Geezer, he lives with a few ghosts of his own.
What begins as a fragile friendship leads to a much deeper connection, in which truth, lies, love and pain are intimately bound. Even in paradise, shadows lurk.
A slow-burning tale of loss and love, stoked in the flames of fate and superstition, it is ignited by the power of hope.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KQGRBK4
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Once again, Amanda Dick’s amazing talent shines with her brilliant execution of a moving story about loss, but most of all love and hope. None of her stories are ever the same. Her stories tend to be in a league of their own, and In The Shadow Of Satellites is no different.
Sian is consumed with her loss. She isn’t living. Simply existing. Her past follows her everyday. She is haunted. Luke also has ghosts of the pasts, ones that he’s tried to escape by moving away to a place where he never expects to find himself again. Sian and Luke both battle demons that make life unbearable at times. They exist in a world so dark. So when they meet its as if their souls slowly exhale. Overtime, their hearts aren’t so heavy, their chests feel lighter and their souls seek hope and new possibilities.
"I'm less broken, less damaged. I'm mending."
Sian and Luke. It’s as if things made sense when they came together. They simply fit. Due to past circumstances, they are both left shattered. In pieces. How do you even begin to move on? And live again? But fate aligns them to exist in the same place at the same time. And with time? Those broken and jagged pieces slowly heal. They aren’t as sharp and painful. They become whole. But the heart is complicated. When life tears you back down, can someone truly build you back up again? The author is very meticulous and highly skilled on her execution of this story. Their love is burdened, but their love is also powerful. Beautiful. Overwhelming. Consuming. But most of all, their love heals.
The writing in this story left me breathless. Every word of this book is truly a gift. With her mesmerizing prose and thought provoking storyline, the author truly crafts a compelling and enthralling story full of powerful words. She masterfully tackles the sadness of loss and heartbreak, while balancing the promise of love and hopefulness. Not many authors can do this. They go from dark to light, while Amanda keeps you in the dark while knowing there is always light in darkness. This was definitely a thought provoking read.
In The Shadow Of Satellites is a heartbreaking yet heartfelt and inspiring story. You feel the weight of this story while still believing in love and hope. How love forgives. Love saves. Their souls once captured by darkness are now free. Free to love. And free to live.
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