In case you weren’t aware, Carey Heywood books are something special. She writes real stories about real people and their real-life struggles, but somehow, the result is extraordinary. She continues this tradition with Chasing Daylight, the third book in her Carolina Days series.
In this book, we meet Mitch, a wounded veteran who suffers from PTSD, who has carved out a solitary life, getting through each day with the help of his therapy dog, Zeus. When circumstances lead to him meeting McKenzie, I could almost hear the pieces of Mitch’s shattered life clicking into place.
The true beauty of this book was it’s real-ness. (That’s a word, right? I don’t care, I’m making it a word.) While there were dramatic moments, there was never drama for the sake of drama, and the two worked through their hurdles as a team.
Then…AND THEN! Carey threw in an element of suspense to this book, which I hadn’t seen from her before. I really enjoyed that added twist, and I had a big “WHOA” moment that nearly knocked me out of bed, and had me running to my phone to message about it.
And can we PLEASE take a few minutes to talk about Zeus? He may have been my favorite part of the whole book! I LOVED the bond he had with his human, and reading about the two of them was so much fun. Hell, I’d read a prequel book about Mitch & Zeus!
Chasing Daylight is a story of flawed people, brought together by chance, exploring their undeniable connection. As with all of the Carey Heywood books I’ve read, I just feel GOOD when I read her books. Her books are a beautiful journey, and I’m just happy to be along for the ride.