Author: S.A. McAuley
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
oe is about to learn death and time are fragile barriers—if he has the strength of will to let go.
Poe passes through a graffiti-laden alley, his chin tucked into his chest, a scarf wrapped tightly over his mouth to keep out the cold. He has nowhere to go since Isaac’s death, but something compels him out in the frigid Chicago winter.
He steps out of the alley, off the curb, and…into sand. In summertime. Isaac told him it would happen but Poe doesn’t care how it’s possible, only that now he has a chance to make everything right.
McAuley’s ability to imbue physical description of place with heightened emotion, and the effects it all has on her characters, puts her at the top of the heap in that department. I physically react to the emotions radiating from that heated sand and warming skin.
She also knows how to zero in on exactly what a character is feeling and experiencing, sharing it with us, almost like a secret. It feels so intimate, so naked and true.
The whisper teased at Poe, buzzed around him like a phantom humming bird, flitting into consciousness and then retreating, the vibration of its wings sweeping away his fear.
Sensual. Needful. Steamy. Check, check, and check!
This story is also desperate, heartbreaking, and determined, filled with uncertainty. Time is both enemy and dearest ally. A friend. A lover. It’s also powerful, providing insight and opportunity… and hope? This is Poe’s dilemma: take that second path, second chance, second life. Even more, he holds in his heart the fates of two, not just his own.
This is the other half of McAuley’s brilliance: straddling that ever squiggly line between feeling properly gutted and utterly joy filled. Our lives are filled with dichotomy, cold fear and feverish hope simultaneously sinking their talons into the skin, the soul. She’s done this again to me with this story. Intimate, poignant, and ultimately a story about love as destiny.
Someday It Will Be is one of the most powerful and well written stories I’ve ever read, short or long, any time, flavor, or fashion. Recommended, recommended, recommended!
Oh, and whatever your drug of choice – wine, Kleenex, chocolate, snot rag – have it at the ready. You’ve been warned.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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