- File Size: 1115 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Publication Date: January 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G829YYM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Warmth in Ice (A Find You in the Dark novella) (Find You in the Dark series) Kindle Edition
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Warmth in Ice starts a few months after the end of Light in the Shadows but before the epilogue. Clay is in Florida and working hard to get better for Maggie while Maggie is getting ready to start college in D.C. Being apart is really hard for them and the insecurities that have plagued them both start to resurface. They both feel like the other is pulling away from them but when Maggie surprises Clay on Christmas Eve and they spend their first Christmas together, they are never more sure about each other.
I loved that this novella was still deeply emotional despite it being so short. From the moment I met Clayton Reed, he has owned my heart and as I watch him struggle with his emotions, it breaks my heart a little. I love how much Clay loves Maggie and how far he has come. However, he will always struggle for control and some of his old ways threaten to surface the longer they are apart. Maggie has come a long way too and she knows what Clay really needs to get better. Sometimes it seems easier to just placate him like she used to but she knows better now and I liked that she can call him on his shit now and it is actually better for Clay.
When Maggie surprises Clay for Christmas, it was so adorable how excited he was to see her and you could tell that he had never really had a good Christmas growing up because he was like a kid in a candy shop as he celebrated the holiday with Maggie. Everything she did to make the holiday special for him was so sweet and it was obvious that all of the fears and worries they both had been having melted away and they wouldn’t be coming back. It only took 3 days together to solidify everything they knew to be true and I think this is what Clay really needed to really begin the healing on his own. He would always have Maggie’s love and support no matter how far apart they are. The way Maggie’s parents showed their support of her and Clay was really nice and I think it also truly helped Clay to move forward on a positive note. The gift Clay made for Maggie was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. To quote Clay, “Best. Christmas. Ever.”
The epilogue fully closed out Clay and Maggie’s story and while I’m sad to say goodbye, this was the perfect closure. While this is a Christmas novella, it was so much more than that. If you haven’t read this series and met Maggie and Clay, you should definitely read them now. They will take you on an emotional journey that will make you laugh, cry, and root for their happiness to the very end.
Actually, that's a good thing. Part of recovering from this illness is not just confronting all the monumental f***-ups that we've made, it's remembering them. So anytime we think we're too good for our meds, or our therapy, or staying away from substances we shouldn't be near, we remember what life was like when we didn't stick to the rules of good mental health.
This was the perfect wrap-up to the series - how Clay and Maggie held together in the years they were apart - and was so very important. It shows that even when we're stable on our meds, learning how not to hurt ourselves, learning to keep away from toxic people and stressful triggers, we need to build a life. We need to learn how to live a "normal", healthy life. We need to learn how to trust ourselves to make the right choices, we need to ditch all the self doubt and paralyzing fears, we need to not be so proud not to ask for help when we need it, and finally, we need to learn to believe that we're worthy of love. That is what the book shows, and I will always be grateful for Meredith Walters' ability to create a masterpiece that shows the world what people like us have to go through.
I've heard the phrase "life may not lead you where you want, but it will lead you where you're meant to be." That is so true. This illness can kill dreams, but those who are strong will make new dreams. Clay and Maggie got their HEA, and my wife (my "Maggie") and I got ours.
Another very wise man said "When you are going through hell, keep going." His name? Winston Churchill. Once upon a time, he helped save the world. He also had a mood disorder.:)
We can all do anything if we believe in ourselves enough.
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