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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507761597
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R1TJIP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,563 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 Oh, how I love Ellie and Flynn! 18 April 2015
By Hummingbird Girl - Published on
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A beautifully emotional and hopeful follow-up to Reclaiming the Sand.

A. Meredith Walters’ gift lies in her power to weave truths and honesty in the heartbreakingly beautiful. Chasing the Tide is a romantic love story about the trials a couple faces when trying to build a future after a fiery, destructive past.

The story begins with Ellie McCallum returning to the last place she ever wanted to call home, in order to be with the only person she’s ever loved, Flynn Hendrick. She just accomplished a goal she never thought possible, by getting her college degree, and she’s terrified that she’ll return to the violent, self-destructive girl she once was if she returns to the place that houses all her worst memories.

Flynn Hendrick has grown a lot too, since Ellie left him to go to college. He’s a professor at his university, and he’s still living in the town with the same people who tortured him years before. But he’s growing in confidence. Flynn is still a little bit freaky, but he’s learning what it means to live less isolated, and to let others in.

This really was the perfect continuation for anyone who fell in love with Ellie and Flynn in Reclaiming the Sand. I adored that story and the realness of each character, and A. Meredith Walters uses her stark prose, and unnerving storytelling to bring greater clarity to both Ellie and Flynn. This love story is so far from what is typical, and I adore that. Ellie is a heroine that is very hard to love, but I think in this installment, getting a closer look at her past, and the crushing events that made her the person she is allows us to be empathetic to her actions and it made me love her even more.

And Flynn…oh Flynn! I love that man! In his own way, he’s a bit of an anti-hero, but not completely since he’s so hard to define. Flynn is truth and love. He’s forgiveness and second chances. He’s understanding and loyalty. He is quite possibly the best book boyfriend I’ve ever read. His love for Ellie is unmatched, and it made me feel so hopeful, even during the scenes when I wanted to die because it hurt so good.

I will be honest and say that these books aren’t for those who can’t take pain, or read about people struggling to find their happiness. Reclaiming the Sand and Chasing the Tide both took a lot out of me, and I didn’t feel relief until the very last pages, but boy was all the pain worth it. I haven’t recovered from these and I’m sure I never will. What I felt when I read the last pages was just the best – it was that pure joy that you only get from the very best books. I’m so sad to read the end of Ellie and Flynn, but I know they’ll always be there for me to revisit when I want to feel that feeling again – you know the one I’m talking about.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quote at the End Really Sums This Up for Me 20 December 2014
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Flynn and Ellie, two very special kids, who grew up to be teenagers, now adults, deserve to be happy. The road was bumpy, the ' weather' was really cruel and nasty. Heartaches litter their paths. Abuses, both sexual, emotional and physical was a constant staple in their lives. Everything was foggy and clouded over. It was doom and gloom. Then there is this tiny ray of sunlight and hope, and they both grasp it and held on. Tight. I am so proud of these two, and Dania also. Ellie got a college degree! That was an exclamation mark by itself. Flynn is now a professor.

I cried and sobbed like a baby in the first book of Flynn and Ellie. This second book is not different. My tears are of joy though. Bad stuff happened to children in our world. Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't. I am happy Ellie made it and she is making a difference in the lives of other children who might be in the situation she was as a kid. I am ecstatic she did not break Flynn's heart. She is the only one that 'gets' him, and he is the only one who 'knows' her.

So, that quote at the end of the book by Richard Bach? Yeah 'True love stories never have endings'. Flynn and Ellie's is forever running on repeat in my heart. It is surreal. It renews my faith in humanity. I don't have enough words to write a review on this book. So I'll stop here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First let's admire the beautiful cover! This is SO Flynn and Ellie 16 December 2014
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First let's admire the beautiful cover! This is SO Flynn and Ellie!

But I knew that when it was all over, Flynn would be there. he was my beginning.
My end.
My home.
My happily ever after.

Chasing the Tide picks up when Ellie returns home from college. She's feeling better, but hates being back. She's never felt like this was her home, until she sees Flynn and realizes home is where Flynn is.

Everything is going well, but Ellie slowly resorts to her old ways-her anger, her self doubt, her drinking. The ghosts of both of their pasts comes and their story isn't easy to read. There are so many times I broke down and cried, especially reading Ellie's past. The pain stays with you and doesn't leave.

There are so many places in the book I wanted to smack her! But I understand her pain. Wellston is a place of bad memories. A place she made several mistakes. But it's also where Flynn is and has settled into. He's an art teacher at the college and loves his job. Honestly Flynn is too funny and swoon worthy in this book. You can't help but fall more and more in love with him.

I wish we saw more of Flynn! Seriously I love him and you will too! Hands down a wonderful 5 star read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The long awaited & detailed HEA 16 December 2014
By JewelsyGoolsy - Published on
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Highly recommended to all fans of the first book: Reclaiming the Sand. Even more highly recommended to the readers of the first book who wanted a more detailed and descriptive HEA for the MC's.

Wouldn't read this book as a standalone but rather a sweet and further educational conclusion that filled whatever gaps and loose ends that the first book didn't.

Mainly told in the heroine POV with clever back and fourth between past and present. Hero POV's were few and far between but thoughtfully placed. Although I give this book the same star rating as the first, I did like the first one better purely due to it being a totally new concept of romance reading and was refreshing to be educated on issues I never had enough awareness about. This sequel story was well written and thought out but I already new what to expect being a sequel however, I didn't want to unfairly take anything away from the great storytelling so felt it fair to rate it equally as I did the first book.

Enjoy :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Flynn & Ellie 10 September 2015
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - "A lost girl had met a sad, lonely boy & had found her heart." I cried several times throughout this book as the love story of Ellie & Flynn comes to its conclusion - sometimes sweet tears & sometimes tears of frustration. Ellie's confidence is finally risen as she has completed her college degree but then it immediately crashes as she finds herself back in Wellston, West Virginia & her past comes back to haunt her. But this is where Flynn is & with Flynn's issues he cannot leave or even travel without planning everything in advance. Ellie battles against backsliding into her old habits & has to hold her head up high in a community who still thinks of her as an angry trashy girl. Flynn has also come a long way working with a therapist & I love how Flynn tries diligently to make Ellie happy, that is all he cares about, & obviously Ellie is struggling with her happiness at the moment. Dania, Ellie's old friend, has changed her ways but other friends haven't changed at all. There is one scene that really broke my heart - Ellie is trying to be domestic & cooks Flynn lasagna. Being the straight-shooter that he is, Flynn won't eat it, he doesn't like it. They have a huge argument & then Flynn realizes this is something Ellie worked hard on & he should appreciate. This typical relationship stuff is hard work for Flynn but I love that man - he puts all his effort into learning what to do! My favorite tearful moment is when Ellie goes away for a while to find out what she truly wants for her future, and in her suitcase she finds a little homemade statue from Flynn which proves his love & his thoughts are always with her no matter how far she runs. These two have to fight every single day to not be dysfunctional but it is worth it! I can't say enough about this series, so good to find two broken characters who complete each other.

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