Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: When Darkness Ends, by Marni Mann


You never forget your first love, even when they become just a memory.

There was before.
When we were together, when we were happy.
When we had nothing but dreams.
When not a single bad thing could ever happen because we were young and in love.

And there was after.
When the unthinkable occurs, how do you count time, knowing how precious it is?
When dreams turn to nightmares, how do you wake up every day and choose to go on?
When you have a chance to save another, how can you not?

Even if it changes everything.
Even if it destroys you.

A harrowing, heartbreaking dark contemporary romance from USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann, the third installment in the Moments in Boston series of standalones that explores the darkest nights and brightest dawns of the heart. A book that will leave you aching … and looking over your shoulder.


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Narrated by: Sebastian York, Maxine Mitchell, & Lauren Sweet

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 Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

This gut-wrenching, heartbreaking epic story is phenomenal! Marni Mann knocked it out of the park with When Darkness Ends. Pearl and Ashe’s story is gritty, raw, and hard to read, and they take several loops on the rollercoaster of angst. I was sobbing and screaming as I read this story — it is not light fare by any means. I’ve read one other book in this Moments in Boston series and found When Darkness Ends to be much darker in tone than When We Met. But by the time I got around to that ending, my heart was so happy for Ashe and Pearl and all that they’d gone through in both the “Before” part of the story as well as the “After.”

This is a phenomenal story of love, loss, and so much more, and I was left with a major book hangover. When Darkness Ends is a book I am keeping on my re-read shelf!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts unique stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their yellow Lab. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.

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