A Crack In Everything and How The Light Gets In (Cracks Duet)
January 30 & February 6, 2018
Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought
I’d see him again.
Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected
he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.
across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best
life in the after.
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
A Crack In Everything
Dreaming big is the only way to get away from the harsh reality of living in a neighborhood in Dublin, where bleakness and gang violence rule the daily life of their inhabitants. It’s what Dylan does – he is determined to leave this part of his life behind.
Evelyn doesn’t have aspirations like that – her mom had her when she was 15, pretty much the average age for girls to get pregnant in that quarter of Dublin. Her aunt, a very young woman with hopes and dreams of her own took her in. This is the setting when A CRACK IN EVERYTHING starts.
Evelyn has a sunny, optimistic personality. While she realizes that the place she lives in isn’t ideal she always looks for the good things in her life. Always on her side, having her back, supporting and loving her are her aunt Yvonne and her best, gay friend, Sam. When Dylan crashes into her life she not only finds a friend but a love so deep it could last a life time.
Dylan is the realist to Evelyn’s optimist. Her positive outlook on life is what draws him to her. He looks at the bleak life ahead if he stays in the same place but Ev is the light that breaks through the clouds for him.
I am completely in love. Totally and 100%. Evelyn and Dylan experience first love like any teenager. Like any teenager they feel that it will last forever and in their case I would even agree. It’s all-encompassing and deep.
… I can only see my dreams clearly when I look through you first.”
My insides blared on loudspeaker, while my voice was barely a whisper. “I don’t understand.”
Dylan gave a sad laugh. “I just feel like any achievements are pointless unless I have you by my side.”
In a heartbeat, I saw an entire life, a timeline of seventy or more years, with the only constant being Dylan’s hand in mine.
However, life and tragedy don’t stop, not even for love. I loved, laughed and cried with the characters of this story. Sam, Evelyn’s best friend, in particular stole my heart. He was an amazing friend, didn’t have a filter and called people out on their BS. Just as wonderful was Yvonne, Evelyn’s aunt. What a good heart this woman has.
Dylan, oh my, good to the core, honest, serious, an old soul if you will – he adored Evelyn, it was plain to see and he never held back to show her. He stood up for her and protected her. Dylan shot up the ranks to one of my favorite heroes, he is so incredibly special. His talent, to be able to smell the finest nuances of fragrances, is also unusual and makes him stand out of the mass of main characters.
Finally, Evelyn, her talent is gardening and it complements Dylan’s perfectly. – I loved the bright light she shone on her friends and especially on Dylan, who often fixated on the gloom and doom in his life. She was so good at pulling him out of it. Until she broke too.
One thing I wanted to mention which didn’t make complete sense to me…Evelyn waited to have sex atypically long – Dylan is her first and they don’t use protection. They don’t even talk about it. It’s Sam who actually raises the issue. It wasn’t exactly plausible and completely out of character for somebody as cautious as Evelyn to have unprotected sex.
It didn’t make sense to me given the time she waited for her first time and what she knew about her mom and other girls in the neighborhood who became pregnant as teenagers – however, that is nitpicking, because the first installment was otherwise perfection.
“God, we make me sick sometimes.” I chuckled. “We make me sick sometimes, too.”
A Crack in Everything is the first installment about an epic love that is unbearable to watch being torn apart because it’s not the main character’s doing that makes it happen. L.H. Cosway captures the atmosphere of the dreary, a little hopeless life in a working class quarter in Dublin. I wish I could tell you every little thing that I loved about this book but my review would become so long you wouldn’t read it – that is if I haven’t lost you already.
The story ends on cliffhanger and what a cliffhanger it is.
I ugly-cried – My heart broke for all of the characters – not a single one was unaffected by tragedy and I’m only pulling myself away from the book long enough to type out my review. I can’t wait to go back and see things set to right. So…later!
There was a crack in me now, and someday it was going to expand and swallow me whole.
How The Light Gets In
by L.H. Cosway
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
Eleven years after Evelyn let Dylan go she still hasn’t found equilibrium. The heartbreaking event in her teenage years has hardened her, gone is the sunny girl who could light up the room with her personality. In her stead we find a closed off, world-weary Evelyn. Until coincidence brings Dylan back into her life. Both of them now in New York, they fumble to fuse the broken strings of their once tight-knit young love.
Dylan is now the producer of his own perfume and a successful businessman. His wealth hasn’t changed him and he still looks at Evelyn with starry eyes. I have no words for how perfect, how sweet, wonderful, endearing and amazing he is. His love for Evelyn, even after such a long time, is in every word, in every gesture and I was hoping that Evelyn would sort herself out soon.
I saw the stark, blatant honesty in his words and mourned for all the time we’d lost. Mourned because I had been lost in mourning. We both had been. He had to leave when he did. I had to stay when he left. Our paths diverged, first one, then two.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard, she is locked up in her little world of gloom and it takes Dylan a lot of gentle and loving prodding to get her out of the funk. His infinite patience with her was nothing short of astounding.
Evelyn has left Ireland to live with her aunt after her gran died and she had nothing left in Dublin. She works at the bar her aunt manages and has given up growing flowers. The color has left her life on that horrible day eleven years ago. Little by little and with Dylan’s tender love and care, his open affection she first finds fragments and then bigger pieces of herself. It was so good to see her coming back into her old self.
I loved Dylan and Evelyn’s connection. They had such a solid friendship, their banter underscored it. I was so rooting for them. And oh my, Dylan was sexy as sin and temptation personified. How Evelyn resisted his loving and sensual onslaught, I have no idea. He is one of the most romantic characters I’ve every read about. His sweet gestures killed me. Every. Time.
“Each perfume I’ve create was inspired by you, Ev. Synaesthesia is you in the morning, when you’ve just woken up. Wildflower is you when you dance. E.V is you when you smile. Limerence is how I love you. And Hiraeth is how I’ve felt for eleven years without you in my life.”
HOW THE LIGHT COMES IN is a satisfying conclusion to this duet. In my opinion this is L.H. Cosway’s best work so far, at least out of those I’ve read. The language is wonderfully lyrical yet modern, fitting the main characters’ creative talents.
The scent was . . . sophisticated where once there’d been the naivety of a novice. It was . . . glorious, sumptuous, a medley of wonder.
Both installments are strong in their own way. The first has the foreboding of things to come and enhances the quality of the love all of the characters feel for each other. The second has the angst of unrequited love although we all know it has always been there for both the hero and heroine. Both installments together are a supremely emotional, sublime, exceptional, even a little life-changing story that will leave a lasting impression. I have no idea what to do with myself at the moment – I know that these books will stay with me for a long time.
I glanced at the man beside me and fell in love even deeper, because he’d flicked the switch. He’d turned on the light bulb in my mind, shown me a new way of thinking just like he did when we were teenagers. Only this time, I didn’t hate the world. I didn’t see the cracks. I saw all the beautiful, flawed and wonderful parts that held them all together.
Thank you, Ms. Cosway, for sharing your wonderful talent and Dylan and Evelyn with us, thanks for giving me the chance to read this wonderful duet.