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- ASIN : B0842W64PJ
- Publication date : February 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 570 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 147 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #958,927 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All The Little Lights shows the relationship between Audie and Calhoun three years after they meet. They've grown together as people and as a couple and now they're going to live together in Savannah. A lot of changes are happening, they're not only living together, but they're living out together. It's scary and stressful, but they have their friends and Calhoun's family to support them.
They were happy and content and building a life together but of course, Julia McBryant had to shake things up and with that comes Audie's abused cousin and all the ghosts of Audie's past.
I will be honest I broke down a few times like sat in my bathtub and sobbed broke down. Audie was doing so good, he wasn't perfect, but he was in a place where he could have his relationship with Calhoun with his cruel childhood only making vague impressions upon his new life. With Monroe needing them, however, everything that Audie has been running from shows up on his doorstep and he doesn't deal well.
This book is pretty words wrapped around heartbreak. Audie and Calhoun struggle to find their footing. As Audie retreats into himself and Calhoun plays the bad guy as he tries to teach Monroe how to be a functioning person while trying to save Audie from himself. Their relationship is strong, they've been through a lot together, but a past like Audie's is hard to let go of, and neither one of them is equipped to deal with it.
One of the things I love most about these two is that even though things get hard and they fight and hurt each other, their love and relationship is something they fight for. Even as their words cut and they hurt one another, they still fought for what they had. Audie's demons didn't go away overnight, but his relationship with Calhoun was grounding for him. And the need to keep his cousin safe from his family helped.
Audie is stronger than he was when we first met him, but he still has a long way to go before he can truly put his past behind him. He has Calhoun, sweet, innocent Calhoun who loves Audie with all that he is. It may be a little unhealthy for Audie to have his healing based on Calhoun and his love for him, but that's not all that he has. He has friends, Calhoun's group is now Audie's and that helps. He has family, as Calhoun's gran basically adopts Audie after meeting him. While Audie begins his healing process after loving Calhoun, he continues to heal himself for him.
We knew that Audie's family was toxic. We learned in Something Wild and Perfect that his father hurt Audie his whole life. This book shows that his uncle is the same, worse even. In order to protect Monroe from his family Audie and Calhoun pull out all the stops and Audie stands up to his father. I cried for Audie during that scene. I was so proud of him. Facing his parents goes a long way in his healing process. Though it hurt to learn more about what his father did to him, it was worth it because it helped heal him.
Even though this book is about Audie facing his past and how that transfers into building a life with Calhoun it's not all angst and tears. They have their friends in Savannah who help keep things light and fun when they need it. I loved seeing the rest of the cast in this book, even when some of them (Henry) were having their own problems, they were there for their friends. This world that Julia McBryant is so intricate and close-knit, even when they have their own things going on.
All The Little Lights broke my heart, but the HEA that Audie and Calhoun get after everything and it is perfect.
Monroe brings it all crashing down, and taking Audie with it, with Calhoun close to buckling under but loving enough to not let anything stop him from helping Audie.
I have been in awe of Calhoun in every book since the start, this is no exception. His love and care of Audie, and determination to fix things in any way he can, being what ever he needs and still hold strong when that isn't enough.
This book is emotional, it made me shed tears, laugh and become angry in random order. And it's messy in a way that life usually is. I don't always understand Southern culture, but it makes an interesting read.
In the end, family is everything, but that doesn't always mean blood.
My heart broke for Audie so many times. The painful memories from his past slams into Audie’s chest when his cousin shows up at his door looking for help.
I just wanted to hug and hold both Audie and Calhoun for different reasons and then shake the crap out of them just to straighten them out. Then I wanted smack Monroe around a few times but I understood why he acted the way he did.
I just love Julia’s writing. She knows how to suck you into a story and not let go until the end.
I love all of Julia’s characters but I think I love Audie and Calhoun the most.
A total must read!
This is the 2nd book I've read by McBryant (the first was Audie and Calhoun's first book) and I've slowly been seduced by her writing - the prose, the story, the characters. I'm going to have read her entire back catalog now.
Top reviews from other countries
I don't want to give spoilers for this book, that being said, I will say that if you love these characters I highly recommend this book,even though it may break your heart in the beginning.