Scars…every person has them. Some wear them proudly, showing how they beat the odds and moved past the darkness; others use them as a shield…as a way of hiding themselves from everyone else and living in the shadows, too afraid to expose themselves to the truth. And still, there are many who have them but don’t know how to deal with them because the mental and emotional scars are more extensive than the physical scars that everyone can see and those scars threaten to consume them and take away everything positive, leaving them fractured and alone.
Tyler Whitt’s scars consume him, not only the ones from the mining accident but the ones that make him feel worthless and overwhelmed by his life with his wife, Elin. They have a forever kind of love, but Ty’s scars are so deep that walking away was his only option, and by doing so, he refused to see or perhaps was unable to see exactly what his leaving would cost not only himself and his wife but also their love and marriage and now that Elin’s scars include some Ty doesn’t even realize, it’s unclear if they’ll be able to find their way back to each other…to fix their brokenness in a way that will bring them out of their sadness…their individual darkness and into a place that can be rebuilt and where their love can learn to flourish again.
Elin Whitt meant every one of her wedding vows to her husband, but when it seems like “in sickness” and “or worse” consume their lives, Elin doesn’t know how to hold onto those sacred words without feeling like they’re too much to bear and too much to overcome. Elin’s scars are created from sadness, regret, and anger – three feelings that consume her and refuse to loosen their hold over her, even when Ty returns and is willing to fight for their marriage, their future, and their beginning.
Tyler and Elin’s story is one that will resonate with readers because it deals with a once in a lifetime kind of love that ends up being turned upside down due to life’s difficulties. There isn’t a couple who can’t relate to the trials and tribulations that Ty and Elin go through despite how deep their love is and how connected their lives have been. Everything that Ty and Elin face are realistic situations – ones that test people’s ability to weather the storm…to forgive mistakes and misdeeds…too see through the pain and to live with the scars that were created in the turmoil and be stronger due to the lessons they teach.
Adriana Locke is a great storyteller – one who knows how to tell heartfelt stories – ones that realistically portray all that must be endured and fought against in order to live the life that people were meant to live. Locke’s characters’ journey is emotional and raw, and it illustrates all aspects of life – not just those that come easily. All readers will be able to connect with Ty and Elin’s struggles and the array of emotions felt by everyone involved, which is exactly why readers read stories that deal with matters of the heart, which is exactly what Locke gives her readers time and time again.
4.5 Poison Apples