Somebody Else’s Sky is the second book and sequel of Something In the Way. You must read the first book before jumping on this one.
(That’s our man, Manning, in the cover!)
Model: Chase Williams
If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.
A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.
Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.
Review and Reflections:
Reading this book or this series rather was like putting a ton of gravel into my chest. It seriously affected me whole—emotionally. I’m so sad maybe in a good way because it was written so beautiful!
“Maybe one day, Manning and I would challenge fate, defy gravity, and move the stars ourselves. But today was not that day.”
The impact to me was so strong. Maybe because the story made me feel what it’s like to love with all your heart yet the feeling wasn’t enough. Not if the practical reality of life says no.
“You know it’s true, Manning, you have to. You’ve always known that my heart doesn’t function right without you, that food doesn’t taste the same and air is too thick, and my mind is always wandering back to that night on the lake, because I’m all wrong without you, because I’m in love with you.”
It hurts to witness Lake feeling helpless and fate being unfair between her and Manning. Was it wrong to feel right even everything around you dictates that it wasn’t? It’s sick that they can’t do anything but weigh the probabilities of the outcomes.
“You should have the world. Fuck the world—you should have the universe, the sky, and every star in it.”
“I can’t give that to you. I’ll never be able to. I’ve seen too much. Had too much taken away. I can’t be happy enough to make you happy, and I can’t provide for you the way you deserve. You’re at the start of your life, on your way up, and I . . .” He inhaled a breath through his nose, wincing like it pained him. “I can only bring you down.”
Here’s my song for this blog:
‘I Want Tears’ by Michelle Branch
I want tears, I want rain
If that’s what leads me back to you
Even if that means feelin’ the pain, that’s what we gotta do
Let it fall apart, come on and break my heart
Yeah, break it right in two
‘Cause I don’t want to smile if that means losin’ you
I want tears
“Manning had once told me you couldn’t move the stars. I’d thought that meant our love was predestined, written in the night sky, sure as death. Behind my lids, I pictured the two stars and realized for the first time the permanent distance between them. And I accepted that there was, and always had been, a third star. You can’t move the stars. I had tried, and I had failed.”
Find out what the fate will bring Lake and Manning in the conclusion of the series entitled ‘Move The Stars’ (Something In the Way #3) to come out on October 2017.
Purchase your copy of the series in below links:
Something in The Way
Somebody Else’s Sky > https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBKPK94/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Move The Stars