When we collided, it turned into beautiful chaos. I am patient and kind. I do not envy or boast. He is not proud or rude. He is not easily angered and always protects. I am not self-seeking, and he does not delight in evil. Together we define the essence of Love. But even love has challenges.
After I unlocked the door to my darkest secret, I overcame a multitude of struggles, starting with his vindictive brother. When I fought for prosecution, I became a pawn in his brother’s game, but I prevailed.
Over the last year, Justin and I have been in the calm of our life. The key to weathering through obstacles is to find a balance between the good and the terrible. But to have and to hold from this day forth may not be in our future. A surge of turbulence is thrown in our path as we attempt to make it to the altar. If a tragedy occurs when you’re supposed to say, “I do”, is fate trying to tell me that our love isn’t meant to be? Through the ripples of life, I discover family who can never seem to be happy for me, and secrets that aren’t mine to share.
A family member disappears, and someone must know of her whereabouts. When it turns out the only person who has a clue is my daughter, it puts a horrific spin on the situation. How can my daughter be involved or know the things that she does? As the tides rise to threaten us, our fate hangs in the balance. How our journey ends on the other side of the tempest is yet to be told. This novel can be read as a stand-alone. Books 1 and 2 do not have to be read first.
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The airport terminal buzzes with people filtering in and out. Something about the Jamaican air is different. Maybe it’s the salty tang mixed with a fresh tropical scent. I sense that the ocean is nearby. It’s a vast contrast to seeing my life flash before my eyes with the horrible turbulence we experienced.
Justin and I flew in with my cousin, Dariel, her boyfriend, Jory, who is Justin’s best friend, and college basketball teammate.
“I never thought I’d be so happy to see land,” Dari exclaims, on the same wavelength as me about the horrifying plane scare.
“I almost peed in my pants,” Jory admits.
“I was frightened, too, bro,” Justin confesses. “At least we made it in one piece. Now I’m going to put it outta my mind and focus on ‘from this day forth’.”
“I didn’t know you were so sentimental, Justin,” Dari says.
My lips spread across my face. I love how sentimental Justin is, and he’s right. It’s for better or worse. Time to forget negative thoughts and look forward to the future.
Dari and Jory will both stand alongside us for the big day. The rest of my family and guests will arrive tomorrow. I never really had a set ideal for a wedding. Some girls dream about it. I just never gave it much thought. Justin and I wanted something small and more intimate, deciding on a destination wedding.
Justin’s father’s mom was born in Jamaica, and that’s how we came up with Ocho Rios. I’ve been grinning from ear to ear since we landed. We’re really here and getting hitched in a couple of days. It doesn’t matter that we are only twenty and still in college. Tying the knot feels like what we’re meant to do.
Justin entwines my hand with his. I love the contrast of our skin tones—his caramel brown to my cream beige. We head toward the bay to wait for our luggage. The silver, circular ramp starts up, dispersing bags. We snag our first set of suitcases that come through. Dari and Jory grab their bags a couple of minutes later. My foot taps impatiently, waiting on my large suitcase that has my wedding dress zipped up in a garment bag. My heart pounds against my chest. The sooner I have that bag, the sooner I can breathe. Ten minutes later, my stomach is in a bundle of nerves.
Dari’s brow knits. “Where is your other suitcase?”
“I’m wondering the same thing. It should have been here by now.”
“Let’s check with the staff,” Justin suggests. “Maybe there is a hold on some of the luggage from our flight.”
Worry lines form on Justin’s forehead. He hopes this is true—not wanting to think about the worst-case scenario. I check in with a staff member, relaying my flight information and how my suitcase with my dress is nowhere to be found.
More time passes. All I can focus on is how the lady informed me that my luggage isn’t on the flight, and they must track it down.
“Someone needs to be fired for their incompetence!” Dari’s nostrils flare.
“Let’s wait and see how this plays out,” I tell Dari, not wanting to cause a scene. She’s already riled up, so I need to keep a level head. A supervisor comes over to speak with us.
Dari places her hand on her hip. “This is an unacceptable mistake! Her wedding gown is inside the suitcase y’all lost.”
“When will you have an update?” Justin intervenes.
“As soon as possible. Give us a couple of hours and we’ll get back with you,” the supervisor replies.
She verifies our cell phone numbers to contact us. “Is it guaranteed you will find my missing suitcase quickly?” I ask, attempting to remain calm.
“We’ll do our best,” the supervisor responds.
“You sound really motivated,” Dari quips, and the lady smirks at her.
“Try not to worry. This happens on occasion. We should be able to find out what happened with your luggage.”
Her offering a smidgen of hope doesn’t do much to soothe me. Having a lost dresses seems to fit the pattern of my life. I have the strangest luck. However, I nod, trying not to let the situation get to me. Surely, my trip to Ocho Rios can only get better from here. This has to be the worst of it.
What else could go wrong?
3 out of 5 (good)
AS THE SECRETS TURN is the third and final book in this trilogy although there are spin-offs in the making. We start with Madi and Justin on their way to be married. One thing after another makes Madi doubt if it is the right time.
The story is woven nicely from beginning to end, although I did find certain phrases repeated throughout - for example, the colour of her skin against his. Some of the events also seemed a little hard to swallow but they fitted in with the rest of the book. Other happenings were very true to life and made me smile.
I found this book to be a fitting conclusion to Madi and Justin's story, showcasing the hardships and trials Madi has been through and showing her strength and durability, her willingness to fight for those who can't, and how, above all, she is a survivor.
Although you don't have to have read books 1 and 2, I do think it worthwhile to do so, just so you get the full benefit of the complete story arc. Recommended by me.
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