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“I need to know how to make it through this, how to have hope. Because I’ve forgotten. I don’t know how to hope anymore.”


the empty jar 8th May

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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. 


The Empty Jar

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

5 powerful and perfect stars!

“I need to know how to make it through this, how to have hope. Because I’ve forgotten. I don’t know how to hope anymore.”

Well wow, what can we say about The Empty Jar? Not much really, as to do so would completely spoil one stunningly beautiful and inspirational story of love and sacrifice. We can tell you that this was one of the most powerful and gut wrenching books we’ve ever read. That, to read this book you must embrace the notion that love is the most precious gift we can ever receive or give in return; that love gives us strength when all else fails. That, actions, behaviour and decisions made from love and with love ease our path in a life fraught with both tragedy and joy.

‘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?’

Our hearts were involved every step of the way reading The Empty Jar. From a slow beginning which told us a story to almost halfway through when we became a part of it by experiencing every emotion M. Leighton’s masterful, ingenious and truly heartfelt words brought. And truthfully; when we say we felt the emotions- we felt them to the point of starting off by being on the brink of emotional distress to then free-fall into the abyss of no return from overwhelming anguish, blanketed and comforted by sweet and inspirational touches of pure guiding light in the hours of darkness.

“Everywhere we’ve ever wanted to go, we’ll go.”

“What if the only place I’ve ever really wanted to be was in your arms?”

“That’s the one place that will always be available to you. They’re open twenty-four seven. Day or night. Rain or shine. As long as we both shall live.”

This is not a – drift gently into the heart of a true love romance – no, this is a throw you in, head first and see if you drown in a fierce and surging torrent of a powerful once in a lifetime love entwined with hope, anguish, passion and fighting strength.

‘I’d known the instant he’d fallen in love with me. It was there, on his face, plain for all the world to see. Just like it is now. If I could bottle that look, I would. I would eat it, drink it, bathe in it. I’d breathe it in through my pores, draw it into my cells. I’d soak it up until it became a part of me, an inextricable part of me. I’d drown in it until I could feel it with every breath I took. Until I couldn’t see or hear or feel anything else. That’s how much I love that look.’

We talk epic love stories and The Empty Jar by M Leighton is exactly that. Soulmate love -when found – does not break no matter how much wear and tear life brings. No matter the utter travesty and how many valleys of treacherous rocks and boulders you have to wade through or climb, past –present- future. Individually and together. We give and we receive, we treasure and we remember. We hold on and we let go. We question and we reason. We live and we move on, touching the hearts of others. M Leighton brought us an unforgettable story that will live in our hearts as long as they beat.

‘I find it odd how happiness and agony so often travel in tandem, almost as though the one is made stronger by the other.’


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