Tuesday, 9 June 2015


After Light
May 30th - June 9th

Hannah Mackenzie is perfection. She's effortlessly beautiful, intelligent, and popular, and is about to head to the big city to pursue a law degree at one of Sydney's best universities. Joining her is boyfriend Paul, aka Mr. Perfect.

Yes, Hannah has it all.

A perfect life. A perfect love.

She feels invincible.

That is, until one night, when she realises that she is not.

One by one, the perfect pieces of her life starts falling apart.

And she's losing it all.

Her perfect life. Her perfect love.

Now all she has left is darkness.

And as if her life isn't complicated enough, it turns for the worse upon the return of Atticus Foster. Hannah once saw past his fractured soul, and she gave him her heart three years ago, only to have it shattered when he suddenly left town without saying goodbye. Now he's back, forcing her to question if the perfection she sought was just to guise the broken heart she could, yet wouldn't mend.

This is Hannah Mackenzie's story of great love, of heartbreak, of devastating loss, of forgiveness through acceptance. But most of all, this is Hannah's realisation, that the only way to break through the darkness is to allow her heart to lead the way.


Life After Light
Chapter Thirteen
Hannah and Atticus

He regards me

thoughtfully, but doesn’t respond. Instead, he seems to play with the strings
of the guitar, then, he goes into a tune that sounds familiar.

Then he sings the

first line … about how he doesn’t know me, but he wants me. He nods to me
encouragingly, inviting me to join him with a smile that shows off that dimple.
That was it for me, and without thinking, I open my mouth and start singing.

I start singing the

familiar words with him, my heart beating fast and loud, that I’m sure he can
hear every single thud.

We sound awkward at

first, until we start singing in sync, and by the time we’re singing the
chorus, it’s like we’ve been singing together for years.
“Falling Slowly”

God, I think I’m

falling faster than that.

By the time he

strums the last notes, our eyes are glued to each other. He places the guitar
down on the floor, but he doesn’t break contact. He moves closer, inch by inch,
and I refuse to move, my whole body cemented on my side of the couch.

When I feel his

warm hand on my glowing cheek, his face coming closer as he dips his head down
towards me, I know that I need to just feel him, just as I
need him to feel me.

So with one last

shaky exhale, I close my eyes, and I feel.

The way he touches

me … warm … gentle … comforting.

The way he whispers

my name … soft … low … endearing.

And finally, the

way his lips feel on mine … sweet … tender … amazing.
So. Amazing.

WOW, this was such a refreshing read!
This book is set in my home town of Sydney and I got such a kick out of actually
being able to visualize the places where this story plays out.
I immediately fell in love with Hannah. One minute she was living the kind of life we
all dream of and literally the next its all ripped away from under her feet.
The aftermath is devastating and,
 as the story unfolded and the details became clearer I was
 blown away & truly in awe of her courage and strength.
Just when she feels she has nothing left to live for, her heart's nemesis,
Atticus, re-emerges and the safe bubble she has been occupying is burst open.
Atticus was a complete surprise to me, I thought I had him figured out but
what he does for Hannah behind the scenes to keep her safe  was soooo
amazingly beautiful....just gahhhhhhhh!!!
I want to say so much more about this story but you really must read it for yourself.
A beautiful story of beauty from pain and rekindled, Long lost love.
5 Sparkly stars

Since I was a little girl, I've been in love with books and storytelling. One of my fondest memories as a child, is spending hours in a cafe or restaurant with my mum, people-watching and making up interesting stories about their lives.

Now I'm all grown up. I married a beautiful man, raising two wonderful children together while balancing a career in finance. Yes, I'm living my very own happily ever after!

But the love of storytelling never left me. So I put my fingers to keyboard and started my journey. Now, I'm about to publish my very first novel, with the second and last book of the series all done and just waiting to be tweaked. And did I mention I have a whole stack of other book ideas waiting to be written?

I'm excited, I hope you will be too! :)

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