Title: The First Touch of Sunlight
Author: Len Webster
Pub. Date: 12/13/2016
My Josh. His Beth. Someone else’s Meredith.
Destined to fall apart before their lips have even touched, Samuel Michaels and Meredith Driessen have seven years of almosts between them.
Seven years ago, a night by the river would bind them together. Seven years ago, Sam’s entire world blew up before his eyes.
His only saviour …
She saved his life, exposing him to what it could be like to be with her. But that wasn’t Life’s plan. Because deep down, his secrets will destroy their lives and separate them. His secrets will break both their hearts until the day he finds her standing on the edge of the train platform, completely lost.
He did this to her.
And Sam knows that if he doesn’t go to her, he’ll lose her forever.
Will seven years be enough to mend their scars? Or will the secrets they both keep deny them once more?
One thing is certain …
You may never know tomorrow’s sunlight if you’re drowning in yesterday’s storm.
My Review: 4/5
This book is the type of story that I tend to gravitate towards. By meets girl, they fall in love, but can’t be together for some reason or another. Fast forward some odd years and they meet again, still realize the love they have and try and start fresh.
The First Touch of Sunlight is one of those types of stories, but so much more. Sam and Meredith are absolutely smitten with each other from the moment they lay eyes on each other in high school. From the outside it seems everything should just fall into place, but both are harboring secrets that place a gigantic wedge between them.
Early on Sam learns his ex-girlfriend, Beth, is pregnant. He does what a responsible to-be father should do and takes 100% responsibility for the situation. However, he doesn’t love Beth, he is head over heels in love with Meredith. He knows that he cannot continue his relationship or feelings for Meredith and also give his whole self to his soon to be child (Josh). So, he does what he feels is the right thing to do…breaks Meredith’s heart.
Fast forward seven years later. Meredith is returning from abroad to teach in the small town where she is from, where Sam and his son still live. She finds herself still loving Sam, and to complicate matters more she is Josh’s new teacher. Sam and Meredith are willing to start over fresh, but secrets from the past are still looming.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. You find out about the secrets at the beginning. For most of the book I couldn’t figure out what this secret was. Sam keeps saying that he needs to come clean and tell Meredith, and has plenty of opportunities to do so. But with ever single chance he gets, something interferes…whether it is a call form Beth about Josh, or he just chickens out.
The story is told from Sam and Meredith’s point of views, both in present time and seven years ago. I love when books do this! However, this time I actually got frustrated because every time I though Sam was finally going to put the past behind him and confess his huge secret to Meredith, something would happen and it would jump to the past. That is the only weak spot in this book, and the reason why it didn’t get full 5 star review.
Other than that aspect, the love story between Sam and Meredith is beautiful and absolutely poetic. I don’t want to reveal anything in the plot, including the premise behind the title of the book. This story works, and unfolds (although sometimes a little slowly) just perfectly.
***Thank you to Give Me Books Blog for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review!