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A beautiful story woven with characters whose voices will resonate for days after you've finishing it. When We Collide is a heart-wrenching tale of love lost, redemption, courage, strength and resilience. It builds and builds until it ignites into a gut wrenching and emotional ending that is heartbreaking and satisfying all at the same time. William instantly falls in love with Maggie, who comes from a less than desirable family life. But he can't help himself...when he see's an opportunity to get to know her, he takes it and their love blossoms. Insecurities and self-doubt being what they are, twist the logic of young Maggie and soon has her making a decision that leads her down the path she desperately wanted to get away from. The pain and regret in When We Collide is palpable, as well as the suffering. This book highlights the gut-wrenching horrors of abuse, second chances, building the strength to stand up for yourself and for your loved ones, and of the healing strength of love. Once again, the phenomenally talented AL Jackson brings us a gorgeously written, emotionally charged love story!
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Well, it started out pretty good. Man leaves his roots in MS for the excitement of LA; has a live-in girl he really can't stand but she's got influence in the company he works for. Hasn't been home in 6 years because someone broke his heart. Is called home for a family tragedy and sees 'the girl'. Told in the Points of View of both the male/female leads (William and Maggie) AND in retrospect (6 years back and present time), it is the struggle of these two to come to grips with how they got together in the first place as college aged young adults, the events that tore them apart, and the agonizing issues that continued to keep them apart when William returned 6 years later. There is a 'bad guy' involved who seems to perpetuate Maggie's life of pain and who is determined to keep her at all costs. Any more detail and you'd be spoiled. The story is a good one but my goodness, such angst and sadness on the part of both main characters almost broke me...not my heart but my patience. I found myself getting frustrated with the almost constant sadness and grief and crying and angst and on and on and on.
That being said, following the end of the book, there is a brief narrative discussion the rampant issue that is domestic violence and abuse against women. So, kudos to Ms Jackson for tackling it and offering numbers of support groups that help.
Now, to the main reason this book (for me, anyway) should have probably been read. Mr. Guimot had a wonderful delivery most of the book BUT his Mississippi voice was so reminiscent of Forrest Gump, I could hardly listen without hearing "RUN, FORREST, RUN!" Or when Forrest asked Jenny in that halting ALABAMA voice "Will you marry me?" I can criticize this because I am from and live in Mississippi and he did not nail our sound. And don't even get me started on his 'Maggie'...she sounded like such a hick, it was hard to muster any enthusiasm for her character. I struggled as it was since all she did was cry and plead and beg and hide, so the added insult of sounding like she fell off the turnip truck did my focus little good. The sound of the 'bad guy Troy' was a pretty good rendition of a badass southern boy. Most everyone else....not. Oddly enough, when reading the first person (and not dialogue), Mr. Guimot was terrific but once he vocalized that MS 'sound', all the steam went out of my attention.
So, listen with this in mind and you will find a tale of redemption...but be prepared to walk through a lot of pain to get there.
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I really like AL Jacksons books usually. And I will read this one, I just can't go on with this narrator. His female voice is terrible. And the accent for her sounds comical - not quite in tone with the storyline. Shame really.