Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Wow.  What a beautiful story.  I could just say those five words, order you to go get the book immediately and leave it at that.  Seriously.

This book grabbed me from the very beginning, not just grabbing my attention, but grabbing my heart, my breath, everything.  I loved it so much, I immediately wanted to read it again.  The story was so poignant, so touching in every way.  I'm going to try to tell you about it as best I can without giving anything away, but it's going to be difficult.

Bree has been through something that no person should have to endure.  She has worked all her life to overcome two personal tragedies, and she is still suffering from them.  It's hard to let this kind of thing go and not have nightmares or other evidence of trauma.  But she's working as hard as she can to overcome, and moving away to a new city is all a part of them.  I loved her character so much because she was so sweet and had such an amazing, large heart and such a capacity to love and care for others, which made her absolutely perfect for Archer.

Then there's Archer.  Wow.  There were times I just wanted to reach through the book pages and give him a strong hug.  The summary is very literal in that Archer can't speak.  He has been isolated his entire life, to the point where he doesn't know or understand the simplest things.  He's been rejected, ignored, never nurtured, cared for or even spoken to much.  Imagine a guy like that growing into a man knowing nothing of the real world, even the good things that may come from relationships.  I felt so bad for him.

But then Bree comes into his life.  The simple wonder he exhibits over everything she shows him is so endearing, you just couldn't help but fall in love with him.  She wakes him up, brings him to life, and shows him something amazing.

The writing in this story was beautiful, the story was beautiful, and both characters were extraordinarily beautiful.  I'm so glad I found this gem.  I continued to think about it long after I'd finished it.  A wonderful, poignant story.

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