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You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life.

Crash one we met.
Crash two we fell in love.
Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.


As we approach, I realize it’s a private celebration of some sort, and I pray we won’t be noticed.  As the music gets louder and the flame rises higher, we ease our way into the crowd and take a seat on a piece of driftwood facing each other.

As sparks fly into the night sky, I notice Marleigh watching them.

“What are you thinking about?”  I ask.

“Have you ever thought about what happens to those embers?”

“They burn out?”  I say unsure of where this is going.

“Yeah, but I can’t help but feel like that roaring fire when I’m with you.  You probably think I’m crazy since it’s only been a week,” she says while covering her face with her hands as if she’s embarrassed.

Taking her face in my hands, I raise her eyes to mine.  “Mar, I don’t think you’re crazy.  In fact, I feel the same way.”

“You do?”

“Yes, but we aren’t like the embers. When this week ends, it will be a beginning for us.”

“How can you say that?  You’re going to be like twenty hours away or somethin’.”

“More like nine, but who’s counting.” As a smile crosses her face, I’m happily caught off guard when she crashes her lips into mine.  Our kiss heats up like the fire beside us and my heart soars like the sparks into the sky.

Crashing Tides by Casey Peeler is not your typical sports story nor was it what I expected when I began reading.  This story was so much more.  A story of love, loss and new beginnings that changed the lives of the characters, each in their own way.  Gunnison and Marleigh had a chance meeting on Spring Break in high school.  Living many states apart, they spent one amazing week together and planned for their future.  Little did they know that one week would change their lives forever.  After returning home, trying to juggle both school, sports and each other; GC and Marleigh struggled until she received news that was unexpected.  Making the best decision at the time, Marleigh cuts all ties with GC without explanation and hopes to never run into him again.  GC has never gotten over Marleigh despite dating other girls, so when they run into each other at a party their junior year of college, he needs to find out what happened so he has closure.  What he finds out rocks his world, but how he handles it shows the reader his character.  I adored the characters of this book.

3.5 stars

Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.

Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.  That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.

When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.

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