Series: The Cracks Duet
Published by Self Published on 1/30/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
***A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.***
This unforgettable duet follows Dylan and Evelyn over the course of more than a decade. The first book, A Crack in Everything, followed their adorably sweet teenage romance set against the backdrop of inner city Dublin. This second book, How the Light gets In, follows the present day course of events that finds them reconnecting after the heartbreaking events that tore them apart so long ago.
Bk #1 – A Crack in Everything:
4 “Yes. This.” Stars
The Cracks duet seems to be broken up into the past and the present, the before and the after. A Crack in Everything is the before, the fall, the story of two Irish teenagers finding hope in each other amidst the tattered world that’s closing in all around them.
While there’s no denying the grim current of foreboding that runs throughout this story, Dylan and Evelyn’s unlikely friendship and subsequent romance is a refreshing, adorably sweet account of first love. But their relationship is not your typical high school romance. Instead it’s rife with obstacles at every turn, some obvious and some completely unexpected.
I’m a huge fan of this author and my all time favorite novel of hers surrounds a couple that falls in love before tragically falling apart, becoming separated by years of heartache and longing and devastation. I’m secretly hoping that that’s what Cosway has in store for Evelyn and Dylan because a second chance love story between first loves is a concept I absolutely adore. I also especially love young love, first love, naive love, the kind of love Evelyn and Dylan share in the before, the kind of youthful, hopeful love that has me so anxious for what might be to come.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m dying to jump into the sequel because this first book in this duet has left me heartbroken for so many reasons. A Crack in Everything is very much a romance between two young people facing tremendous adversity both in their relationship and in their own personal lives. But it’s also a story of friendship and loss, of family and of the violent reality of an impoverished neighborhood. It’s a story that had me feeling so much. The romance in this book is delicious. The characters are both quirky and relatable. And the ending had me stunned and heartbroken, but also hopeful and anxious for what could be. I enjoyed this book but I’m also certain the best is yet to come for Evelyn and Dylan and I can’t wait to follow them into the after.
Bk #2 – How the Light gets In:
4 “Yes. This.” Stars.
How the Light Gets In is a beautiful second chance romance set 11 years after the final page of A Crack In Everything. This unforgettable duet follows Dylan and Evelyn over the course of more than a decade. The first book, the before, followed their adorably sweet teenage romance set against the backdrop of inner city Dublin. This second book, the after, follows the present day course of events that finds them reconnecting after the heartbreaking events that tore them apart so long ago.
For me, the first book in this duet involved Evelyn doing a lot more telling than showing. I enjoyed that book tremendously but it read the way you’d expect a story to read if the narrator were looking back on the past, as she was, and telling you what happened: details were sometimes glossed over, scenes were a bit rushed at times, richly layered at others, and often emotions were kept right at the surface. It was absolutely enjoyable but it certainly wasn’t as emotionally deep as this second book was for me. How The Light Gets In takes place in the present and, for me, it was a much more immersive reading experience with Evelyn drawing the reader in to every bit of her emotional reunion with the boy she once loved.
Time and circumstance have significantly changed Evelyn and Dylan from who they once were in Dublin. At times it’s difficult to even reconcile who they were to who they’ve become in book 2. But it all comes together just beautifully, with heart wrenching memories reminding the reader just how difficult this journey has been. There’s something especially captivating about young love, for me, and coming to know Evelyn and Dylan in their youth in book 1 makes their journey toward an HEA in book 2 so much more profound. This was a lovely storyline, packaged perfectly in this stunning duet and I highly recommend it.
About the Author
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.