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Chasing the Tide (Reclaiming the Sand #2) by [Walters, A. Meredith]
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**The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to move on from a past that has come to define you.**

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.


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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507761597
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R1TJIP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was certainly a different kind of story, however, it was a beautiful one. I loved the character of Flynn, he was real and so honest. The character of Ellie, was still at times frustrating, though I was understanding her more by the end.

This is a truly wonderful story, my only comment is that it could have been written just a little better. If this story were to be written tighter and more refined, it could be truly one of the greats.
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By Gtr33gurl TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 December 2014
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Beautiful ending to a endearing love Ellie and Flynn certainly started out Rocky and it went back and fourth so many times it was one big emotional roller coaster but love love is blind it doesn't discriminate or see colour or prejudice it is light and deep and ever conquering and a perfect ending to Ellie and Flynn's love story a lot of back story going back and fourth between the past and present sad to see an end :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful conclusion to Ellie and Flynn's story 16 December 2014
By Misha - Published on
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After finishing Reclaiming the Sand, I was emotionally exhausted. Ellie and Flynn’s story wasn’t easy to read, but it definitely touched my heart. It was exciting to hear that we would be getting more of this couple. As much as I was looking forward to seeing what the future had in store for them, I knew nothing about Ellie and Flynn’s relationship had ever been easy. Even with the struggles that they faced, this was a wonderful conclusion to their story. It was everything I have come to expect from A. Meredith Walters’ writing: evocative, honest and beautiful.

Chasing the Tide began with Ellie coming back home to Flynn after graduating college. It had been three years since she left and in that time they have managed to maintain a long-distance relationship. The story was told through a combination of flashbacks and present day scenes. While Ellie and Flysn were certainly happy to be together again, there was so much the pair had to work through in order to build a future. Their journey continued to be full of highs and lows. There were moments when my heart was bursting with joy and others when it was breaking.

Although the last thing Ellie wanted to do was return to her hometown, her heart belonged to Flynn. He was her home. Wellston was where he needed to be, so she sacrificed her own desires in order to be with him. I thought that was incredibly selfless of her. Unfortunately, the lack of job opportunities in Wellston only helped fuel her discontent. The conflict she faced within herself was intense. Flynn was her world, but she waivered in the knowledge that his love may not be enough. She felt lost while Flynn seemed settled and happy.

My heart went out to Ellie as we were given a better glimpse of her childhood in flashbacks. For me they greatly illustrated the growth of her character. She was not dealt a favorable hand in life, but she truly tried to conquer her demons and become a better person. Time and time again she pushed away her selfish thoughts for Flynn. Ellie knew certain things were not easy for him, and I had to commend her for putting him first. At the same time, I was worried that her unhappiness would be the demise of their relationship.

Flynn was incredibly perceptive as always. He could tell that Ellie was not in a good place. My heart swelled seeing how he tried to make her feel welcome in his home and help her settle into her new life. Although he may not have been able to express it to Ellie in the way she needed, she clearly meant everything to him. Flynn’s scenes, especially during their time apart, were some of the most emotional ones for me. Even without the words, you knew he loved her. Although his struggles would never completely go away, it was amazing to see the person he had become.

By the end of the book I was so proud of both Ellie and Flynn for what they had overcome individually and as a couple. Their love was so heartwarming, and to see it all come together in that beautiful epilogue was priceless. Walters is a wonderful storyteller. I love that she is not afraid to write about difficult issues in an honest way. Her books are truly an experience that you will never forget. Chasing the Tide made me love and appreciate Ellie and Flynn's journey even more than I did before.

*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!! 17 December 2014
By Shelley - Published on
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Reclaiming The Sand is one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I was so excited when I found out that A. Meredith Walters was going to be continuing Ellie and Flynn’s story in Chasing The Tide. It is a beautiful, painful, hopeful, and emotional love story that is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. I don’t think that there are any words that I can write down that will properly convey how this book made me feel. Ellie and Flynn are two characters who have definitely stolen a piece of my heart.

A. Meredith Walters has done an amazing job of portraying the complex relationship between Ellie and Flynn. Every relationship has its struggles, but Ellie and Flynn have obstacles that most couples don’t have to overcome. Ellie has had a difficult past. She was bounced from foster home to foster home after her mother abandoned her. She has always believed that she is unworthy of being loved.

Flynn’s Asperger’s Syndrome is something that Ellie has had to get used to. He isn’t like the average man. His life is based on routine, schedules, and predictability. He is brutally honest, he doesn’t pick up on social cues, and he often blurts out whatever he is thinking. But what he does do is accept Ellie for who she is, he shows her love (even though he has difficulty expressing it verbally), and he genuinely enjoys being with her.

When Ellie returns to Wellston, she is faced with mixed feelings. She wants nothing more than to be with Flynn, but Wellston holds many bad memories for her that she would rather move on from. Unfortunately, she realizes that Flynn will never leave his home, his job, or his security. Ellie wants to have the opportunity to reinvent herself, have a career, but she also knows that she wants and needs to have Flynn in her life. Flynn is her source of safety, comfort, and home. He is the only real family that she’s had, but can she live her life stuck in the suffocating confines of Wellston and be truly happy?

​“Because I knew that I had finally, after all this time, after the years of searching, found a home, a place to belong, in the waiting arms of the boy who had once, long ago, promised me his friendship. And who now promised me forever.”

Chasing The Tide is well written, beautifully told, and bursting with emotion. It is everything that I look for in a romance book. I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to Ellie and Flynn’s story. A. Meredith Walters has created characters that have an unconventional and unique love story, but she handles it with the utmost sensitivity and sincerity. This is one of those books/series that makes me so glad to be a reader!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL CONCLUSION 16 December 2014
By DesertReader - Published on
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Reclaiming the Sand was one of my favorite reads of 2014. While Reclaiming the Sand is considered a stand alone, I was ecstatic to have the chance to read more of Ellie and Flynn’s story. There is no other author that writes nontraditional couples like A. Meredith Walters. She delivers a beautifully written book once again. My heart ached with Ellie and Flynn as they attempt to find their happy ever after. CTT begins as Ellie graduates college and returns to Wellston and Flynn. The book, while not as angst filled at RTS, is still a nail bitter. Could a broken girl and boy ever have the fairy tail ending? It took me three days to read this book. I had to read it in small bits because like RTS, my nerves and heart could not take the story in large doses.

"We shared a love that had blossomed under the most impossible of circumstances. It was rough. It was imperfect. It was ours."

Readers that struggled to empathize with Ellie in the first book, will come to understand her and maybe even like her in this installment. I loved her in the first book, but sometimes I felt in the minority. Much of Ellie’s childhood and past life events are told via flashbacks. My heart hurt for a girl who never knew what it was like to be loved and cared for by others. Her transformation is never smooth, but it’s mesmerizing to watch.

"By loving me unconditionally, he had resurrected an Ellie that I had thought dead and buried."

Of course, Flynn continues to be a show stealer. His childlike honesty and faith in Ellie is always inspiring. However, there are many obstacles for him, as well. He struggles with his ability to communicate with Ellie and feelings of inadequacy. I wanted to hug them both and then skip to the back to read the final page. It took massive self restraint to no peek, but I did it! There are small moments of complete happiness and devotion that made all the angst and sadness worthwhile. Fans of this series will no doubt love the conclusion to Ellie and Flynn’s story.

“What’s your happy place?” I asked him before leaving, genuinely curious.
“With you,” he answered.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Reclaiming the Sand Will Like This One (B Grade) 16 December 2014
By Katie Babs - Published on
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After reading, Reclaiming the Sand, which is one of my top picks for 2014, I wanted more of Ellie and Flynn, the two protagonists. A. Meredith Walters does has a beautiful way with words, and the way she handles Flynn’s Asperger’s, is well done. Even though Chasing the Tide didn’t pack the emotional wallop like Reclaiming the Sand did, I enjoyed seeing Ellie and Flynn again, although I felt the tension and issues with Ellie was forced, as if we needed her constant self-doubts to push the plot forward. Flynn is much more stable and reasonable, while Ellie has so many emotional and self-confidence issues that it seemed a bit too much at times.

Whereas in Reclaiming the Sand, Ellie is haunted by the horrible way she treated Flynn in high school, here, her own past almost ruins everything she has worked so hard at fixing, such as graduating college, controlling her anger issues and embracing her love for Flynn. Telling Flynn she loves him comes easy to her, even though Flynn doesn’t return those words she so desperately wants to hear.

What did work, was the flashbacks of when her mother walked out of her life, to her foster homes, and how she met Dania, her trouble making, bully friend, and even the first time she noticed Flynn. We’re in Ellie’s head so much and not as much in Flynn’s (I wanted more scenes in Flynn’s POV). I wanted more scenes with these two just being together and trying to reconnect after a three year separation, but instead we have too many drama filled, almost angry type altercations between the two. Most of the time it’s all about Ellie and her thoughts about her hard life and her problems about not finding work and how she hates relying on Flynn too much.

There love scenes here are very subtle. This reads more like women’s fiction than a romance, although there are romantic elements. Also the ending is very sweet and a near perfect happily ever after. If you enjoyed Reclaiming the Sand, you’ll be happy with Chasing the Tide because it’s all about hope, and how the power of love from that one special person can make you believe in yourself and embrace everything life has to offer.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More with Flynn and Ellie! 4.5 stars 16 December 2014
By K. Bias - Published on
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(Quote)These streets were paved with my pain and regret. But it was here, among the ugly reality that I had inexplicably found my heart. My soul. My everything. Maybe that could be enough.

After three years at college, Ellie is returning to a place that holds bad memories and was never truly her home until she reconnected with Flynn Hendrick. They had a complicated history. Even though she found a kindred spirit in "Freaky Flynn" when younger, she ran with a bad crowd that bullied him and she did not have the strength to stand up for him. But as young adults they found each other again and found hope and love. But she needed to spread her wings at college and he was more comfortable in his safe place and predictable routines. But he had faith she would come back to him even when she was not so sure herself.

(Quote)Flynn had taught me that living was more than breathing. And that earning and deserving love were battles worth fighting.

They have both changed and come into their own. Flynn is an art teacher at the college. She graduated and learned to be more social and positive. But coming back to a place that holds so many demons is hard. And she and Flynn are now trying to merge their lives and build a life together. but it is tentative and a bit uncomfortable as they try to find their way.

They are two people with special needs and histories, but together they make each other better and usually can understand each other's limitations and strengths. But living together and facing a future is a new challenge. And Ellie is having to face her ghosts in this town while trying to continue her momentum towards a more positive future.

(Quote)We were faced with the constant struggles of loving each other. Flynn with his disability and me with my instinctual urge to self-sabotage and push everyone away.

I love Flynn. We get to see glimpses of his point of view in the past (three years ago) and see how he felt about her leaving and how he grew while she was gone. He lacks flexibility, is unfiltered, honest, socially awkward, needs consistency, and has anxiety. But he loves fully and is devoted and sweet.

It is told mostly in Ellie's point of view past and present. We see her progression of abandonment and loss, that caused her anger, detachment, and self esteem issues. She is trying to be a better person. She is accepting of Flynn's limitations most of the time, but at times does get irritated or hopes for it to be easier. But she has grown and changed so much, But unfortunately she still struggles with her past mistakes and demons and is disappointed by the lack of prospects in their home town.

I always felt like we needed to see more of Flynn and Ellie's story after Reclaiming the Sand since it was left hopeful but a bit open ended. They both still had so much growing to do. They were a couple with personal issues, trust issues, communication problems, and decreased self worth. He has his limitations that he is trying hard to improve on but they also keep him firmly rooted in his predictable life. She has lots of pain from her past that still affects her and is terrified of the lack of opportunities and reverting back to the girl she was and hated. They love each other and need each other, but struggle to make each other truly happy and meet each other's needs.

Can they find a way for them to both be happy when he can't leave and she finds it hard to stay? Is love really enough to overcome all of their issues?

(Quote)I felt as though Flynn and I were forever chasing the tide. Hoping that just this once, we'd finally be able to catch it. That we could hold it in our hands and breathe a sigh of relief because all the battles, all the wars, were over. That we could finally be content in this...our happily ever after. Because if we couldn't catch it, what would that mean? For Flynn? For me? For the life we were trying to build?

This book was not always easy to read. Some of it, especially the flashbacks were hard to read and I found myself wanting to move on from the past and stay in the present. Ellie had tremendous feelings of pain, loss, guilt and unhappiness. She had to face people from her past again and deal with the repercussions of her actions in order to try to truly move on. She and Flynn hurt each other at times. But there were also sweet, romantic moments that made me smile. Flynn could be swoon worthy in his own quiet no nonsense way. I enjoyed seeing their continued story and progression. And I loved getting an epilogue in Flynn's point of view.

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