His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their café at the same time every morning and stares at the same chair at the same table. They know he’s strange. They know he interrupts their breakfast with a cold blast of air as he hovers in the doorway, mustering the courage to confront a piece of furniture.
No one asks why. No one cares. He’s fine with that. He’s done with life. This isn’t even his story anymore. It’s actually Callie’s, the young writer who sat in his chair one day.
Roxie and Jen’s Review
When we read the blurb for Night Shifts Black we were immediately intrigued. After reading the sample, we were hooked. We dropped our TBR and forgot the world existed until we read the very last page of this story.
Grief. Pain. Loneliness. Depression. Feelings that are had by so many every single day. It’s a wonder how they get out of bed, how they keep going. What moves them forward? Who do you turn to when the clutches of despair hold your heart and mind so tightly you feel as though you can’t breathe?
We meet Luke Craven. He’s lost, broken, and has taken to solitude only venturing out to Jemma’s Cafè where he clings to memories he wants to forget yet, refuses to let them go. No one notices or acknowledges his pain. Day after day, they look through him.
Callie Roland is a young writer who is lost. Having no clue what to do with the rest of her life, her one constant is visiting the cafe every morning for breakfast. Who knew the day she’d sit in a certain chair her life would be forever changed.
“He looks at me then, searching my eyes, and I catch my breath at my own glimpse into his soul. There’s so much depth, so much pain, I’m paralyzed for a moment.”
One morning changed it all. Call it destiny, fate or serendipity. People come into our lives for a reason. They may stay for a short time or forever, but their presence will make an imprint on our souls.
Luke and Callie meet and the world shifts a little. Their paths colliding at that cafe change the future not only for them, but many involved.
Alyson Santos gave us a breathtaking, heart-hurting tale of a man who was ready to give it all up, a girl who wasn’t sure who she was and everyone around them who were helplessly holding on as Luke spiraled into the deepness of guilt, pain and desperation.
This book will give you hope and make you believe. One smile can make a difference in a strangers life. One hug can lift up a broken spirit. Kindness and compassion matters to every human being and we can all start making a difference today.
“…….sitting here watching two broken souls repair themselves because of the way I formed a string of letters together. This is what words do. So often they tear apart, but they can also form miracles.”
This book is not a love story in a classical sense. It’s more. It’s an ode to humanity. It’s a song to all the broken people. It’s a warm healing balm to the souls of the families and friends who lived through this kind of anguish. It’s a love letter to all the humans who sometimes need a Callie in their lives.
About Alyson Santos
I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. I’m also an alternative music junkie. Seriously, totally addicted.
I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.
I like to eradicate barriers, refusing to be confined by the laws of physics or limitations of reality. I will befriend a vast population of possibilities and introduce them in ways that might surprise you.