The Elements Book One
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
This is a story about love, loss, and second chances. A tale of two shattered souls wandering around in bodies that they didn’t want to be in. And those two souls finding someone to take solace with, to heal with, to let go with. It was a beautifully tragic love story that will make you cry, make you smile, and, somehow, find ways to make you giggle.
“We were living in our own worlds of little memories, and even though we were both separate, somehow we managed to feel for one another.”
Both Elizabeth and Tristan have lost. They’ve lost their entire worlds. Running, escaping, fleeing from it all, but finding within each other something that was similar. Something that both could understand. Two people so lonely that they created a twisted outlet, a way to not feel so lonely, and yet it turned into something beautiful. Something real. The light slowly shone through as the gaping wounds healed, and the two of them became whole again. They finally began breathing in air to live.
“He and I together was a terrible idea. We were both unstable, we were both shattered, and there was no getting around it. He was thunder, I was lightning, and we were seconds away from creating the perfect storm.”
The supporting cast of characters were created as an outlet. A way to bring welcome relief to the deep, intense storyline. The hiliarously dirty-minded best friend, the wise mentor, the spinster mother, the loving dog, the innocent five-year-old…all of them brought such beauty to Elizabeth and Tristan’s story. I loved their roles, their candor, their love. Without them the story wouldn’t have such meaning. Because two people struggling in a dark world can only come out into the light with help from the people surrounding them.
“How did two people so broken find each other’s shattered pieces?”
Ms. Cherry wrote a fascinatingly inspirational love story. The light at the end of the tunnel was made even more beautiful by the darkness they fought through. It was greatly well-written, and so painfully beautiful. My heart hurt while reading, and yet it was a good hurt. Tristan was achingly resilient and strong. Elizabeth was such a fierce woman, who healed him while even being broken herself. I can’t say enough how much of a Must Read this book is. The Air He Breathes was powerfully inspiring.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.