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USA TODAY HEAblog "Ey Wades' When Clouds Touch goes outside the box from
choosing to write about the aesthetically perfect heroine. As such, the story is richer and more meaningful for the effort. The lessons about finding strength and beauty from within are delivered with delicacy and courage through characters who love and live with purpose and joy.
Wade stays true to her fresh approach from beginning and certainly to the end. Expect the heartstrings to be pulled and the emotions to be stirred for the powerful connection between Paisley and Malachi. A romance with an emotional twist.
It's a classic love story set in modern times and I enjoyed every word of it. So many times in life we are afraid to get our hearts broken. But what happens when you love in spite of all of life's difficulties? When it's "predestined" love?
The imagery that the author provides is beautiful. There were many times throughout the book that I stopped and re-read a line and then highlighted it so I could go back and read it again.
This has become one of my favorite books of all time. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
The writing is lyrical, the settings though seemingly ordinary, extraordinary. Yet this reader was moving along so swiftly to discover what would happen moment by precious moment that only now can I admit that this author is an immense talent. As if I were to step into a room to view a priceless Monet of words, I stand in awe of her work! I know that in reading each book, you will discover that it is uniquely a one of a kind rhapsody composed by this gifted author who carved out the notes as a sculpture would if they were instead a writer. Yes, if Michelangelo were an author, I believe he would have read `When Clouds Meet" and wish he had written this novella!
Paula Rose Michelson is the author of romantic inspirational fiction, biblically based Christian self-help, political nonfiction, as well as works written to encourage.
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By Love Belvin
"When Clouds Touch" has elements that touches me in ways not all romance novels do. Its characters aren't typical to me. Their culture is one I'm unfamiliar with, but quickly grew to respect and enjoy. Paisley was pure and an adventurist. She wasn't as fragile as her parents wanted to perceive. Malachi was honorable and deeply in love with his girl. She was a feisty one, being sure to push Malachi more than he intended to go, and that was hugely endearing to me.
This book proves once again that when you open a read, you must trust the author to guide you on an intriguing journey. I had no idea where Wade was taking me, but I remained the course and was pleasantly entertained and touched to the point of tears.
I highly recommend this book. It was touching and...pure.
Go, Ey Wade!
By Clare Chu
However, be sure to keep tissues for the ending. I can't tell you much emotion you'll feel at the end. The love that even through the despair and grief, hope shines through, and I feel touched by this story and will never look at clouds touching the same again.
I am excited to share two of the latest reviews of When Clouds Touch
by Tia Kelley & Nia Foster from Two Writers, Two Takes, One Bookat a Time.
When Clouds Touch is the story of soul mates, Paisley and Malachi. Destined to meet since before birth, their story wraps us somewhere between loving and caring, wanting the best for someone, while wanting to see them happy, even when it is risky and they must obey the demands of family. Paisley, a woman of Japanese descent, living with Albinism and heart disease, is meek, yet makes no apologies for seeking what she yearns to have. Hiding behind the protective fold of her wagasa, she longs for freedom from her overprotective parents and the love of a man she’s known only in her dreams, even at the cost of her health. Malachi, a man who has visions of meeting an elusive shadow, uses his sense of humor and sensitive side to build their relationship. He’s determined to win her love, even against the wishes of her parents.
Whenever I begin a book–whether I know the genre or not–I am tempted to categorize it. You know how that goes: you read a few paragraphs or a chapter, and you go, ‘Oh, I see. This is supposed to be a thriller!’ or whatever the case may be. Even after reading the blurb for Ey Wade’s ‘When Clouds Touch’, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I loosely categorized it in my mind as a romance. Then almost immediately as I began reading, I realized that this wasn’t going to be the same ol’-same ol’. The premise, of soul-mates flitting about the outskirts of each other’s lives until the time of their predestined meeting, is novel but not unprecedented. What made it intriguing was the complete ‘otherness’ of the main characters. Paisley is a young woman grappling with what it means to be on her own for the first time in her life, struggling with overbearing parents and a desire to become her own person. So far not particularly remarkable, right? But Paisley is Japanese-American and her parents are very traditional, very protective. And added to that, Paisley has albinism which renders her legally blind. She also has congenital heart disease, a condition which–her parents often remind her–once killed her as a baby before she was revived. Paisley’s “condition” is the tether that binds her to her parents in a way that she has always felt was stifling. But the path of least resistance for her has always been to … not resist. Except now, attending school and living on her own, she is finally on the cusp of independence, as long as she can convince her parents that she is being attentive to her health. Enter Malachi. He is a handsome East Asian man whom Paisley has known literally all her life, earthly and before. Though they have never actually met, nor spoken to each other, Paisley and Malachi’s souls were bound before their birth and they have been ever-present in each other’s lives from the time they were infants; always on the cusp, but never quite meeting. When finally they do meet, in a minor mishap as she enters the building where he works, Paisley and Malachi quickly dispense with coy mating rituals and pour themselves into each other, recognizing their other half almost immediately. But there is still the pesky issue of Paisley’s health and her oppressively over-protective parents who in an effort to save her life have denied her the pleasures of living. This includes things as extreme as confiscating her phone to prevent her from contacting Malachi, and keeping her a virtual prisoner in their home when they grow concerned about this new attachment she’s formed. Malachi‘When Clouds Touch’ is a love story, but also struck me as being a fairy tale in the best sense. Paisley has an otherworldly quality in appearance that cause people to stop and stare; and a princess-like isolation from the real world, that is similar to Rapunzel locked in the tower. Because of her isolation, and because she recognizes Malachi as her meant-to-be, she wastes no time in letting him know that she is devoted to him. Malachi is her prince, seeking to rescue her from the tower, using first his charm and eventually his smarts to overcome Paisley’s parents’ resistance. All the things that Paisley hasn’t seen, he is determined to show her; and if she asks, he can’t say ‘no’ even when saying ‘yes’ puts her health and life at risk. No time is wasted in this book with the sometimes tedious ‘love-me, love-me-not’ stuff. Paisley and Malachi’s conflicts come from the limitations she has because of her health, and from her parents’ well-intentioned but damaging hovering and intervention. At first, as I read, I was waiting for ‘When Clouds Touch’ to show its romance-novel chops and become the kind of book one expects from that genre. But it never did. And the story was better off for it. When I let go of my preconceptions, the story and its characters settled in for me. I stopped expecting Paisley and Malachi to relate to each other as traditional romance novel heroes and heroines do, and I came to accept it as it was. Ey Wade’s writing is worthy of note as well, because it gave the story an almost mythical quality which I believe was fully intended. The imagery had a wistful, dreamlike feel, particularly in the scenes that played out in a field of bluebonnets, and at a festival that left the pale-as-a-ghost Paisley covered in all the colors of the rainbow. The color in those scenes for me symbolized the color and depth that Malachi brought to Paisley’s previously monochromatic life, and added to the overall mystical feel of the story.
Although at times I found the dialogue a little ‘romantic’ or sentimental, at other times it fit perfectly the theme of a love and bond that transcended time and space. And there was also something brave about the sentimentality when most writers these days (myself included) seem to be striving for the opposite by writing stories with gritty realism (but with a billionaire or two thrown in). So I applaud Ey Wade for going where so few writers dare to tread–not only in her style but in the unexpected, though not unsatisfactory climax to her book. ‘When Clouds Touch’ left me curious about what I may be missing by not having read other work by this author. But I suspect that when I do, those Paisley stories will–like this book–be somewhat magical, somewhat unexpected.
A rare find worth exploring...
I knew there was a young woman named Paisley MuRong that had been dealing with severe medical conditions, including Albinism and congenital heart disease. I also learned Paisley shared a destiny with Malachi Dae, and this was determined way before they even took their first breaths. What I didn’t know was why their path toward each other was so powerful or what type of story this was going to be. Was this a romantic tale? Something mystical? A story where the author will somehow exercise creative license?
Should any of that matter? It did, until I made the conscious decision to simply let that go and that’s when I was able to relax a little more and not anticipate what could come on the next page. In the world of Paisley, that’s how it is… nothing is known or even guaranteed. Therefore her world is a very cautious one. With very overprotective and, understandably so, overbearing parents, Paisley has spent most of it hidden from the “dangers” that we would simply call life. For that, I was sad for her. I even became upset and disliked her parents for it.
Then I recalled the earliest pages in this novel where Paisley and Malachi’s mothers both have moments where they felt their babies… but more importantly they were so in tune that they “knew” their child by a reaction felt in the womb. As a parent myself, I got it… That life that grew from almost nowhere was everything and forever was there a connection between parent and child. An uncontrollable desire to protect at all costs happens that just can't be explained… So when Paisley’s parents demonstrated their helicopter behaviors and then some, it was because they loved her so much that they didn’t want to lose her again. Yes… again.
Paisley’s health had many scares since she was born, including a time when they lost her and I am pretty sure that was something no one would ever want to experience again. So Paisley’s parents erected barriers and essentially created a safe place or bubble for their little girl to live in, except she is no longer their little girl. Paisley is an adult woman and she is feeling things that any one of us would feel that “bubbles” can’t keep us from experiencing.
Malachi – her soul mate – has been around her all her life, but it takes a chance encounter (or is it chance?) to finally allow their worlds to collide. At that point, there’s no turning back. Chemistry has taken hold of the situation and a curious Paisley and a love struck Malachi set out to help her experience life outside the safe cocoon that Paisley’s parents prefer to keep her in.
What I appreciated about this story is that Ey Wade was almost poetic with her descriptions and scenes. The scene that still stands out for me days after reading it was when Paisley and Malachi were lying under her wagasa, a large Japanese umbrella that Paisley carries everywhere to shield her from the sun. Malachi looks up at the filtered view of the sky through the wagasa and asks Paisley what she sees. Her response and view from beneath it saddened me, as she keeps her head down and moves quickly from place to place in her life.
It’s when something halts her or curiosity gets the better of her does Paisley get a closer peek at what’s beyond the bubble… but it always costs her a little more than she’s ready for.
Ey Wade brings life into the world of a young woman that has been isolated in a place that her parents feel will protect her – from the harmful sun, from the germs of the world, from the judging eye of people that will make stupid comments about her rare features or fear her enough to wish her death – and gives her life through Malachi.
Reading “When Clouds Touch” made me curious about the author and her other works, which I will be checking out as well, and something I felt through her writing was confirmed. Ms. Wade takes special care in education, caring, protecting and connecting people that aren’t likely to find each other otherwise. I felt that in her “When Clouds Touch” and it made me care even more about Paisley when she would twist Malachi’s arm to do something her parents would otherwise object to or if a hand-to-the-chest moment popped up in the story. She also managed to do that while bringing less than ordinary characters that are unfortunately missing in so many pages and giving a story with an outcome that was purely unexpected – one that held my attention until the last page. As an author, Ms. Wade took great care in showing all sides of the story and why no side or character was ever really wrong or right. Everyone wanted the best for all in this story. Thanks to the storytelling of Ey Wade, so did I. And when you step into the story holding onto empathy for the cast of characters until the very end, you’ve walked into a good thing.
It starts when Paisley is a newborn baby: “Three weeks later, Paisley lay in her little glass isolette, her face turned to her left and her newborn eyes trying their hardest to focus on the face of the baby staring at her."‘His name is Malachi.’”
And as if to complete a circle, it ends when Paisley is watching her own baby taking her wobbly steps towards her. Together they lift their eyes to see “the softness of the two largest clouds,” which perhaps hints at a love meant to be in sometime in the future, in a generation from now.
At the end of the book you will find a few definitions for Hindi and Japanese expressions, which bring the flavor of these cultures into the story.
This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
This was a touching story. Some of the scenes were so sweet that they had me sighing. I learned some revealing things about albinism from reading this novel. They do not have an easy life, and it was reflected well within the story. A truly unique reading experience.
The ending didn’t end up the way I thought it would. I don’t give spoilers so you’ll have to read and find out what happened.
The execution, however fell short. I found the story line itself really hard to follow and almost like I was viewing the story through cotton. I don't know if that makes sense, but I felt like I was viewing it behind a barrier so I couldn't really get close to the characters and connect with them. I wanted to. I really did, because they seemed like great characters but there was just so much telling instead of showing and it jumped around so much that it left me confused and wanting.
Especially where there relationship is concerned. We didn't get enough of the important initial development of it because of the way the book jumps around. Another thing that bothered me is that they exchanged I love yous, and talk about how they're fated to be together, and THEN talk about if they're in a serious relationship or not. This isn't middle school. I know people say that without meaning it, but it's a huge pet peeve of mine, it diminishes the words and the value of the relationship if the words are tossed around with little meaning or implication of the future.
There are also a few little time line issues and general human emotion inconsistencies that bothered me. Basically I felt like I was reading the story board for an incomplete book. I find it most frustrating when a good writer doesn't reach their full potential in a great story, and I tend to be more critical then. I'm a fan of tough love. The thing about When Clouds Touch is that it CAN BE and amazing story. One of those books that makes you say "wow" and scream at all of your friends until they read it. It just isn't there yet. I still cried. I still felt it. But I need it to be more cohesive. I would love to see Ey do more with this because it's there, it's all there, she just needs to sort it all out and make it flow better. If she did that it would be an easy five stars.
*I was given a free copy of this book.
Paisley is an albino Japanese girl, who has a number of health issues, some related to her albinism and some not. She has a weak heart, an immunodeficiency problem, is legally blind, and must stay out of the sun. Her parents are extremely overprotective of her, but only because they love her so much and don't want anything bad to happen to her. But Paisley and Malachi have fallen in love and will not be denied from being together.
The book does a wonderful job of keeping in mind the Japanese culture that is so important in their lives. Their speech with each other has a certain Asian quality to it. Paisley addresses her parents by their Japanese names for Mom and Dad – Oka-san and Ota-san. Malachi calls his by their Hindi names – Amma and Appa. There are also occasional uses of these languages throughout the book, and at the end of the book there is a reference explaining what these words or phrases mean. It is also of utmost importance for these young people to treat their elders with respect at all times, which a significant tenet of the Asian culture. And they try to keep that respect and honor for their parents even when they disagree with them and are being torn away from each other.
Ev Wade leaves no emotion untouched as the story unfolds. Like real life, things don't always go as planned, but we have to do our best to keep on going. I cried so much, that a friend of mine who was nearby told me “never read that book again”. I responded, “I won't have to. I'll never forget it.” And I believe that to be true. This book has attached itself to my heart. It is so powerful and loving. Don't pass it by!
When Clouds Touch is a funny and sad love story with a surprising ending
I loved the characters, they are hilarious, even Oka-San and Oto-San. Over protective dad and defiant daughter...with Malachi in the mix, too funny.
I got that aww he loves him feeling when Paisley told Malachi that her dad calls him brat...in their native language.
Altho I love the pictures and notes, I was totally in nose snot tears. Such love.
Paisley and Malachi were truly destined to meet and fall in love... soul mates from the womb...
I read somewhere that a good book grabs you from the first page to the last chapter. This book does that from the first three words, "two clouds floating".
A good read, can't wait to wrap my eyes around more from Ey Wade.
It was like an Asian Titanic mixed with The Fault In Our Stars with a dash of Beautiful Burn by Adriane Leigh.
A delightful mashup of amazing love stories that I never really saw coming.