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The Empty Jar by M. Leighton

The Empty Jar Book Cover The Empty Jar
M. Leighton
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
May 8th 2016

Three months touring Europe.
Romantic. Dazzling. Unforgettable.
The trip of a lifetime.

But some lifetimes are shorter...

We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.
No one could. No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.

But it is tragic.

Yet so, so beautiful.

That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something or someone you love.

And this is the ultimate sacrifice.
One stunning act of true love.

This is our story.
Our true love story.

ARIANNA’s Review


Reading this book felt like someone ripped my heart out of my chest and smashed it in tiny little pieces. This book left me broken and uncontrollably crying, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of it. I didn’t enjoy it, but I loved it with all my heart. ‘The Empty Jar’ was one of the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read. From beginning until the end it was gut-wrenching, though-provoking and so emotionally gripping. Mrs. Leighton simply amazed me with this beautifully written story, a story that I’ll never forget, a story that touched me to the core, a story that made me cry and smile, laugh and cry again. I devoured this book from cover to cover, I lived with these characters and I experienced every single one of their emotions. This book about love and sacrifice left me speechless and I honestly don’t have enough words to tell how amazing it was. Lena and Nate’s story will make you think and will definitely make you believe in true love.

“A woman will do anything for the people she loves.
And as long as she has love, her jar will always be full.“

In some way Lena and Nate Grant’s story was like nothing I’ve ever read. Their relationship was pure and simple genuine, a relationship every one of us dream to have, a relationship based on friendship, communication, faithfulness, sacrifices and love…Oh my Gawd, so much love. I felt their love for each other in every word and every gesture. Every single one of their actions told me how much they mean to each other. The devotion between them, the cherishing, their commitment melted my heart. My heart broke for them, I cried with and for them more times than I can want to admit and like them, I hoped until the last moment.

“I’ll love you. Every minute of every day of forever, I’ll love you. I’ll love you like I’m not afraid of losing you.”


There were times when I really struggled to accept some aspects of the story. I wanted with all my heart the story to progressed differently that it did, I wanted so badly to spare this couple their own reality and in some way their grief. And there were also times when I could barely breathe because everything felt too much, everything was too intense.

Both Lena and Nate were portrayed in such a realistic way. The author did a remarkably job with these characters. Lena was a heroine I felt deeply for. Her voice was honest and I heard it loud and clear. The way she learns so much about herself, the way she learns how to believe and hope were fantastically done. The ultimate sacrifice she made was her biggest achievement in some way. I admit at times I was a little angry with her, but I admired her with all my heart. Her tenacity was exemplary. Nate was like Lena mentions at some point into the story a hero…a hero in every single way. I loved this man. Loved! With all my being! The way he loves his wife was…breathtaking. He was so caring, so patient, so wonderful and so supportive. I don’t have enough words to tell you how much this man amazed me and how much his love moved me.

“Is it possible for a person’s biggest dream to come in the midst of their worst nightmare? Can life be so tragic and yet so beautiful, all at the same time?”

M. Leighton has all my respect for putting her heart and soul into this book. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for her since some aspects of the story are based on her own experiences, but she did it and she did it exceptionally and for that she has all my admiration.

All in all, ‘The Empty Jar’ was one of the most poignant, beautifully written story I’ve ever read and if you are looking for a story of true love with a “non-traditional HEA” than I highly recommend it!

“You never know when the angels will come to take you home. You just pray that you get in as much living as you can before then.
We love.
We laugh.
We hope.
And we keep filling our jar.”