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Holy WOW. I was not
prepared, at all, for William and Maggie’s love story. I've read and enjoyed
melancholy romances before, but this was by far the most somber read…EVER. I
had no clue jumping in that it involved a victim of abuse – and was absolutely
taken aback by the severity of it. My poor, sweet Maggie. Her woes brought me
to cry ugly tears.
Her circumstances caused my blood to boil. I was so consumed with
RAGE and ANGER; I wanted nothing more than to strangle her abuser. This was by
no means a lighthearted read, but one that twisted and turned my feelings.
This is not a romance I
will soon forget. It was not an “enjoyable” read for me per se, but an extreme heart wrenching experience that
caused my emotions to collide. The way in which A.L. Jackson penned this story, I really felt each of the main
character’s anguish. William and Maggie’s love and life experiences were difficult
to take.Envisioning Maggie’s horrific
life and the extreme cruelty towards her, broke my heart into pieces and
infuriated me beyond reason. Her character was so gentle and kind, for most of
the read, I was wishing for her to finally find the peace and happiness she so
William…I liked his
character, but his wallowing in self-pity and the way his six-year absence
negatively affected so many lives, exasperated me. Yeah, I felt bad that Maggie
crushed his heart, but it ticked me off that he gave up on her so easily and
took his sweet time to fight and win her back.
And Troy, the sick
I don’t think I’ve EVER despised a character more than him. He was
despicable. His reign of terror and abuse towards Maggie shredded me.
All in all, When We Collide was a good read, but also
very dark, intense and emotionally draining. That being said, I would have liked more
insight into William and Maggie’s relationship beginnings. The flashbacks gave
me an “insta-romance” feel, and for them to share such a great and powerful
love, I wanted more time spent diving deeper into their love affair. This is
not for the faint of heart, but a good recommendation for readers who enjoy
tales filled with turmoil and angst.