Calico by Callie Hart
Published by Self-published on April 12th 2016
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Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive.
Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him.
My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…
Until he wasn’t.
Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep. I just never thought I’d have to face him again.
Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.
Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.
Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process.
A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us. Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.
I’m a big fan of Callie Hart’s writing and I didn’t hesitate to 1-click Calico. And boy, it started out with a powerful first line! Then the story reverts to the past where the reason to what motivated the initial outburst is slowly revealed. The nature of the drama contained within this story may be triggers for some readers. View Spoiler »miscarriage, abused by parent « Hide Spoiler
I was puzzled as to what had happened and questioned why little was offered to help understand the reason leading up to their lost friendship. I realise there are situations where we will never process a person’s reason or catalyst that lead them to unacceptable behaviour. Their story is revealed through past and present POVs, but even with multiple points of view, I was left with a gap details, especially regarding one character in particular.
The melancholic tone of the story was uplifted by the beautiful, caring, and outspoken neighbour, Friday Beauchamp. She was that person, the one who makes a difference in the community by sticking her nose in other people’s business because she can see the situation needs assistance. Friday was able to get away with her frankness because it was obvious it was said out of love and care.
Callum and Coralie’s chemistry was unquestionable. They are haunted by the ghosts of their past, obscuring their path forward. Their past is heartbreaking and their good times had the element of being surrounded by fear. My first instinct was to read the story again, but I couldn’t bring myself to do so straight away. The story ends in a good place, but the shadow of the past lingered largely and I struggled to get past it. Having read equally dark books before, it surprised me that I struggled so much this time.
What I struggled with:
- Throw away relationships
- Not investigating crimes
- Fleshing out some of the key secondary characters
What I loved:
- Strong Friendships
- Friday’s quirky and lovable ways
- Callum’s mum
- The bluebirds
Lily’s Rating: 3 Stars
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