Shadow & Shine
For fans of the New York Times bestselling novel BLACK BOX by Cassia Leo comes SHADOW & SHINE, the poignant, atmospheric love story of Shadow Ainsley and Shine Girard.
A devastating car crash leaves Shine Girard stranded in rural Pennsylvania. Her only company is Shadow Ainsley, the broody, handsome man who saved her from the wreckage and took her into his home. But when her ride back to town arrives after the crash, Shine can’t bring herself to leave Shadow behind. She is determined to convince him to go back to town with her, until she begins to wonder if she actually survived the crash that brought them together.
If you were to die right now, what is the one thing you would regret most? This is a question often heard on sputtering first dates, inane personality quizzes, and the exact moment before you die. Well, maybe you won’t actually hear it when you die, but you’ll think it. And when you peel the answer back to the smallest kernel of truth, the reply is simple and true and always the same: love.
Whether we regret not having found someone to love or not having told someone we love them just one more time, the regret is still as real and sharply visceral as a knife in your gut. No one wants to die that way, tormented by regret. But, despite our constant bombardment with this message in various self-help books and motivational quotes, very few people actually ever summon up the courage to approach each day as if it were their last.
I thought I had my life figured out. I thought I’d discovered the formula for both personal and professional fulfillment. To me, happiness was merely a mindset people either did or didn’t choose to adopt.
I was wrong.
When it was my time to die, the question blazed through my mind almost as fast as my car sped off that embankment. What is the one thing you will regret most? And the answer, which came to me just as suddenly, echoed in my mind like the glug-glug sound of the water rising on all sides of me: If I died right then and there, I would always regret not knowing if he was okay.